Three month old sleeping

Kristy - posted on 09/14/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My baby has been sleeping through the night since she was two months. But she is so ornery in the evenings and I'm starting to think that nine is too late for her. But I don't want to start getting up in the night again. Does anybody put their baby to bed early and then wake them to eat before you go to bed? Wondering if that is a bad habit to get started.

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Renae - posted on 09/14/2010

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Lots of people do that Kristy. Its actually called a dreamfeed. It is often recommended to get babies over 6 months to stop waking for a feed at 2 or 3am, they are given a dreamfeed at 10pm.



Bedtime gets earlier and earlier as they get older so it is something that needs to be continually adjusted. A 3 month old is usually going to bed around 9.30pm but by 12 months they need to be in bed by 7pm.



I think your best bet is to put her to bed earlier and feed her at 9. When you feed her try not to wake her any more than you have to. Just lift her gently, stick the bottle or boob in, and over half of all babies will suck on it and feed without waking up. Keep it dark and quiet and she should go straight back to sleep. I'm not sure how old she is but once she is over 6 months you can stop the 9pm feed and see if she wakes during the night. If she does go back to giving a dreamfeed for a month then stop again. You dont want to be waking her to feed her when she is actually ready to sleep 11 hours.

Amy - posted on 09/14/2010

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My daughter is 6 months old I returned to work when she was 3 months old. I have a crazy schedule sometimes I got into work early, sometimes I go in later and don't pick her up till 10 or 11 at night. I also primarily bf or pump so I usually feed her in the am if I'm going in early, so that would be around 5 or 6 am, or I feed her at 11:30 at night when we get home. She has slept through the night since about 2 months old, and on my days off she will still sleep a 10 hour stretch get up, eat, and go right back to sleep for another 2 or 3 hours. So by me feeding her while she's "sleeping" depending on my schedule it has not negatively impacted her sleep schedule by her waking on her own any earlier. Hope this hlelps.

Iridescent - posted on 09/14/2010

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Around the age when they were able to sleep at night with only waking to feed (so the same, really), we started putting ours down for bed at 7pm to 7am. We did night feeds, but no playtime at night. They also still had morning naps and afternoon naps until around a year, then went down to one nap per day, and at about 18 months we bumped up bedtime to 8pm. Now that three are 3, bedtime is 9pm, wake up is 6:30-7am, and naptime is 1-3pm (barring school).

Amanda - posted on 09/14/2010

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I beleive what ever gets you throught the night. If you think your baby needs to be in bed earlier, put her down earlier, and the same with feeding. Both my kids slept an average of 10 hours a night every night from 5-6 weeks old. At that age they were in bed by 8pm till around 6 am the next morning. I personally didn't believe in waking them up to feed them but mine were always good sleepers. My kids are now 2 1/2 and 1yr and still go to bed between 6.30 and 7pm till around 6am

Dawn - posted on 09/14/2010

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IMO, you can try anything at this age without it being a "bad habit". I feed my son to sleep until he was a year and then stopped when we switched from the bottle; he didn't have any problems. When you say sleeping through the night, how many hours are you referring to?? As far as I know, babies that age still need to be fed during the night.

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