How long should a 3 month old be awake?

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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How long is normal for a 3 month old to be awake before they show tired signs? I think I've been keeping him up too long and its affecting his day sleeps...

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I have just always followed my son's cues as to when he sleeps and wakes and how long for each. When he was 3 months old he was still pretty much sleeping in 3 hour spurts. He'd sleep 3 hours, eat, stay awake for maybe half an hour and then back to sleep. It was like this until he was 6 months old and slept through the night for the first time. Once he started sleeping through the night (or at least 4-6 hours at a time) it made it easier to get him into a "routine". He's 18 months old now and sometimes he only takes one nap during the day, sometimes two. But he's in bed regardless every night by 8pm. I still follow his cues for the naps.

Tara - posted on 04/25/2009

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try to let him lead you ....because a tired baby is an awake baby....i know it makes no sense but babies that are overtired have trouble sleeping .......a three month old can need a lot of sleep it depends on how fast they are growing ...there is no right time ...but a babies body goes into overdrive growing when he is asleep ....so he sleeps as much as his body needs to....give him a few days to lead you and in turn you should get a good idea about how to set up the right schedule for your son ......
some kids sleep tons and some not at all...everyone is different so I don't think anyone can really give you the right answer. he is only 3 months so don't be overly strict with your schedule .....keep it in reason ...if he has had a busy morning and falls asleep twenty minutes early .....chances are he needs the extra sleep and you will get that extra time to yourself ......do yourself a favour because keeping him up till exactly --:-- o'clock can in turn stress you out that he is not going to sleep and that he isn't going to sleep and chances are he is delirious and cant help it .....so yes try to keep a basic schedule...let your son help you decide how long he needs to sleep. its pretty easy once you get the hang of it.......so many people stress out because they place too much importance on the time that they get while their child is sleeping ....weather it be that they are sleeping or get time to do the house work..etc.....that they in-turn stress the baby out and the whole plan backfires......and when it gets tense thats when other sleep problems and children misbehaving that behaved well prior when going to sleep occurs

Candice - posted on 02/17/2011

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I have a 2 month old boy, he stays up for 6 hrs in the day, from about 6 am to12pm. sleeps 2-3 hrs then wakes up around 3pm for another 4 hrs or so. sleeps from 7 pm to 10 pm, gets up to eat then right back asleep, and unfortunatly up EVERY 2 & 1/2 HRS in the night to eat! (he does fall asleep instantly after which is nice. No coaxing needed) he sticks to this schedule... no matter what we do. There's no keeping him up in the evening so he'll sleep through longer. if he wants to sleep.. he is sleeping! No waking him up lol.

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2009

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Thanks everyone :) We've started a routine that seems to be helping a little. We'll just have to see how it goes :)

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Krista - posted on 05/01/2009

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When my son was 3 months, I'd put him down for a nap about every 1.5 hours. That was about as long as he could stay awake. When he'd get cranky and start rubbing his eyes, I'd put him down and he'd fall asleep within 5 minutes, usually. Now he's almost 6 months and he still only stays awake for no more than about 2 hours at a time. He's a good napper and sleeper...usually takes 3 naps a day, two are 45 min and one is a good 3 hours long, and he sleeps through the night. I can't imagine him staying up for 6 hours straight, as someone mentioned! He'd be so cranky and I'd be dying for a break!

Eloise - posted on 04/30/2009

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I wish I could help with that. Charlie spent the first 3 months in and out of hospital, so was sleeping a lot and we couldn't get a routine going. But after he got well, I realised how important routine is. If Charlie doesn't get his morning and afternoon sleep now, all hell breaks loose! Thinking about it though, they don't always show tired signs. Once you figure out how long he needs to be awake for (usually two hours I think), they're knackered and need to have a sleep. That is what has kept my sanity with Charlie. He is awake for 2 hours, sleeps for an hour, plays, eats and then sleeps again! How is it all going??

Anneliese - posted on 04/26/2009

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my middle child was a power napper and only slept for about 20 mins at any one time, it was soo stressful but we got through it by letting Louis sleep when he wanted, I was often up for 6 hours at night and continually tired but eventually at about 9/10 months he began to sleep at night, he is 7 and still doesn't sleep for long, we just went with it though, other wise we were all unhappy, I used to pay my oldest to lie down with him sometimes, he would often drop straight off this way - although not for long, but it meant I could do something else

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Shannon - posted on 04/25/2009

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Well when my son was 3 months old he'd stay up for 6-8 hours long before he had his first nap. He was a night time baby till about 8 months lol. If you think your keeping him up to long then put him to sleep at a time you find right, if not enjoy the playing and feeding till he falls asleep lol. He will let you know when hes really over tired, they tend to cry and fuss more then usual.

Anna - posted on 04/25/2009

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My 3 month old usually wants to take a short nap every 3-4 hours... He fusses whe he needs to sleep, I guess he's easy to read.

Cassaundra - posted on 04/25/2009

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Routine is best for your little guy. Try to give him naps at the same time during the day, every day and make sure you're home so not to disturb the routine. It worked and still works with our now 2 year old daughter.

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