Sleep and Feeding Schedule For Your Three Month Old

sleep and feeding schedule for your three month old

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Scheduling a 3 month old baby’s sleep and feeding schedule can make life easier and comfortable for mother and baby. Striking a balance between your and your baby’s routine is very important. A baby will soon learn his natural rhythms when you put him on a schedule.

3 Month Old Baby Sleep

Your baby’s sleep has now started to regulate itself. Most babies sleep a total of 15 hours a day, including nighttime sleep and naps. They will stay awake for more time during the day. You’ll also be able to gather some sleep and feel more rested the next day. Be warned of sleep regressions though! It has been observed that babies who’ve slept through the night for weeks may suddenly start to wake up! This is a temporary phase and happens because your child is now going through a growth spurt, learning new skills and is more socially aware.

This is also a good time for sleep training opportunity. Try and ensure he sleeps longer at a stretch and has a regular sleep-wake-feed pattern. But don’t impose a rigid sleep schedule. Instead, observe his reactions to sleep training, and if he doesn’t seem prepared, slow down and try again after some days.

3 Month Old Baby Feeding

Just like sleeping, your baby’s feeding will start getting regularised now. He will take longer between feedings as his stomach capacity is higher. They may start to drop night feedings. Remember that he is still too young for solid food. Keep him on breastmilk or formula milk only till he reaches the age of six months.

Things To Keep in Mind when Scheduling

When creating a schedule for your baby, keep this in mind:

  • Feeding requirements- around 6 to 7 ounces of breast milk or formula milk per feeding, to a maxiumum of 32 ounces i.e. 6 feeds in 24 hours
  • Sleeping requirements- about 15 hours of sleep during a 24 hour period including night-time sleep and naps. Babies tend to take naps three times (morning, afternoon and evening) in a day
  • Physical development- your baby will need time for playing and interacting, developing his muscles and working on new skills. You will have to schedule activities like reading, massage and a stroller walk

Sample 3 Month Old Sleep and Feeding Schedules

Breastfed 3 Month Old Baby

7:00 — Wake
8:00 — Feed
8:30 — Nap
9:00 — Wake and Feed
11:00 — Feed and Nap
1:00 — Wake and Feed
2:00 — Nap
2:30 — Wake and Feed
4:30 — Feed and Nap
6:30 — Feed
7:00 — Catnap
9:00 — Feed and Bedtime
10:30 — Fill-Up Feed (This should always take place at your bedtime so you get a longer stretch of sleep)
+ 1-3 night feedings

Formula-Fed 3 Month Old Baby

7:00 — Wake and Breastfeed
8:30 — Nap
10:00 — Wake and Feed from breast or bottle
11:30 — Nap
1:00 — Wake and Feed from breast or bottle
2:30 — Nap
3:30 — Wake
4:00 — Feed from breast or bottle
4:30 — Catnap
5:00 — Wake
6:00 — Feed from breast or bottle
6:30 — Nap
9:00 — Feed and Bedtime
11:00 — Fill-Up Feed
+ 1 or possibly 2 night feedings

While this sample schedule will definitely get you started, remember that problems will arise. Sometimes, the amount of time between naps is not long enough, or your baby is still hungry after a feeding. But with time, you will be able to streamline this schedule and make things easier for both your baby and yourself!