what's the best feeding and sleeping schedule for a 3 month old?

Catherine - posted on 06/11/2012 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I can't seem to figure out the best schedule for my 3 month old, he takes a bath around 6;30pm and is usually sleeping by 7;30 or 8pm, when I have enough milk to express, he gets a dream feed around 10pm and sleeps a little better and may be only wakes up once, but he never sleeps passed 5;30am

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Shawnn - posted on 06/12/2012

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You may just have an early riser, Catherine, and if so, it's easier for you to retrain yourself right now.

Mine were early risers, before 6 am every day. I never DID get them to sleep past 7 am.

Sometimes, you just have to adjust your schedule, and learn how to get up earlier.

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You have just answered your own question. That is your baby's schedule. Every baby is different and has a different schedule. I had one who nursed all day long but slept 6 hours at a stretch at night by 3 months. My 3rd took a 5 hour long nap during the day instead of 2-3 short naps. My 4th never went to bed before 10 pm until he started school. But then he didn't wake up until 8 am either. A 3 month old needs about 12-13 hours of sleep out of 24. When and how long these sleep periods happen is individual. You may be able to tweak it a bit but I wouldn't count on in.

Natalie - posted on 06/19/2012

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You can try to nurse him at 5am and then put him down for another nap. That's what I do with my son. He tends to wake around 5:15 every morning, I nurse him, then lay him back down and he sleeps until 6:30 or 7. Then we play until he goes down for his first morning nap around 8:30. But like others have mentioned, your baby is setting his own schedule. Try to go to sleep after he goes down after the 10pm feeding and you've got a full nights sleep mama!

SHARON - posted on 06/14/2012

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This sounds like an ideal baby hun dont fret this is a good routine and good for a baby of his age x

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Cata - posted on 06/13/2012

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I should also say that he is my first baby. The fact that I'm wondering about schedules probably sounds funny, but like i said he is my first and I wonder about everything... I do trust my instincts, but I just wanna make sure I'm doing the best for him

Pamela - posted on 06/12/2012

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And you see this as a problem? He is obviously a morning person! If he is sleeping through most of the night I am not certain why you are asking for input.

He has already set his pattern. I hope you will allow yourself to adjust and enjoy!

Rachel - posted on 06/12/2012

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I had one that got up every day at 4:00 am, no matter how late she went to bed, from the time she was born until she was 4 years old. It sounds like it may just be the schedule. My husband and I used to take 24 hour shifts. We were on from 4 am one day til 4 am the next. That way you were assured of getting to sleep until a normal time at least every other day and getting to sleep in at least once on the weekends. I know its hard for a breast feeding mama cause you still have to get up for the feedings, but it does help to know you can go right back to sleep every other day if you want.

Belinda - posted on 06/12/2012

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ahh, ok :) it is amazing how much sleep our children need compared to adults, even adolescents.

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I couldn't remember exactly how much sleep a baby needed and I was too lazy to look it up. I know how much sleep a 14 yo needs and just used that.

Rosa Marie - posted on 06/12/2012

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My aunt`s daughter went to the dr. and was wore out because her or baby either one was getting any sleep. He told her do like me and my wife did............go out and get the book " BABY WISE" . It REALLY WORKS! We were AMAZED, it grows with the child. They just say now it`s nap time and off she goes to bed, it`s so cute. They learn what they are taught while they are young. That book was a life saver.

Belinda - posted on 06/12/2012

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Actually a 3 month old needs about 15-16 hours of sleep over a 24 hour period with 5 hours of naps during the day and about 10 hours of sleep at night. So if you push bedtime back just a little bit so that he falls asleep around 8 He might start waking up closer to 6. (you can move bedtime a little earlier as his sleep needs change and he sleeps longer at night which is around 6-8 months).

Don't cut back on his naps during the day as this will deprive him of sleep and cause issues with poor sleep at night.

I also agree with Stiflers mom, feed him at 530 if he wakes up and try to get him back to sleep.

Good Luck!

Joy - posted on 06/11/2012

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My daughter's almost 3 years old and she still wakes up between 5:30 - 6 on the weekdays... of course I have to get her out of bed by 6:30 at the latest because the family has to be out the door for work by 7 AM or I am late to work. On weekends I can let her sleep in until 7 or 8, depending on what is planned for the day (music classes on Sat. mornings or church on Sun.)

She just started sleeping in the last 6 months though. I figure she reached another milestone around 2 1/2 of 'sleeping in.'

Stifler's - posted on 06/11/2012

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This is normal feed him at 530 and try to put him back down :) 530 seems to be a common time to wake because both my kids did it and so does my friends kid. Only my kids fed and went back to bed until 7 or 8 and so did I.

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Depending on where you live it could be the sun waking him. My son slept until 8am in the winter then it slowly got earlier and earlier, now the sun rises around 4:45-5am where I am and both my 6 month old and my 2.5 year old wake up early. My son is up around 5 and my daughter around 6. Even with light out drapes they wake up.

So you might just have to wait out the summer.

Sherri - posted on 06/11/2012

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My son is 3mo's. Breastfeeds and goes down at 9:30pm wakes up around 4am feeds and then goes back to sleep till at least 8am often times later.

Catherine - posted on 06/11/2012

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Thank You,

I guess I just want him to sleep till 6 or 7am and I wonder if that happens when they start eating solids. I have tried to put him to bed an hour later, but he still woke up at 5am so I never did it again since he always seems tired and ready for bed after 7pm. Thanks so much

Dove - posted on 06/11/2012

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Some babies are fairly adaptable and will go with whatever reasonable schedule you set (I know, I had one) and others set their own schedule and you just have to adjust until they are older and you can start tweaking it (had one of those too.. lol).

His night sleeping sounds just fine.

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