This article outlines 3 month old sleep and feeding tips, as well as sample schedules for your 3 month old baby.

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3 Month Old Baby Sleep

At 3 months, your baby is past the newborn stage – quite a milestone! Your baby has been doing a lot of growing and developing in the last 12 weeks, so he no doubt looks and behaves quite differently now than he did when you first brought him home from the hospital.

By 3 months old, your baby’s sleep may have started to regulate itself slightly – you may notice that your baby is starting to sleep longer stretches at night, and to have more wake time during the day – this is a great sign (although if that’s not happening, don’t worry – by no means is it standard for all babies to sleep well at 3 months old!).

3 Month Old Baby Feeding

Your baby will likely also start to consolidate feedings by 3 months old. Your baby’s stomach capacity is considerably larger now than it was in the early days and weeks after birth, so your 3 month old baby will likely be able to go for longer stretches between feedings. You may also find that your baby feeds more frequently during the day and is beginning to drop night feedings (although again, if this isn’t the case for you – don’t worry. That’s normal, too!). Do remember, though, that if you are breastfeeding, you’ll want to continue to breastfeed at least every few hours during the day, and your baby will continue to need night feedings at this age, most likely.

If your baby is still waking frequently at 3 months old, you may start to feel like you need to introduce solid food, in order to help your baby sleep. However, keep in mind that starting solids doesn’t usually improve sleep, and 3 months old is still considered too young to begin solid food. It’s best to stick exclusively with breastmilk or formula, unless your healthcare provider indicates you should do otherwise.


Sample 3 Month Old Sleep and Feeding Schedule

Breastfed 3 Month Old Baby
7:00 — Wake (*Fixed Point)
8:00 — Feed
8:30 — Nap (*Fixed Point)
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 (*Fixed Point)
10:30 — Fill-Up Feed (Fill-Up Feeds should always take place at Mom’s
bedtime, so mom gets a long stretch of sleep; be sure to use breast
compressions at bedtime and night feedings)
+ 1-3 night feedings

* – we recommend you make these fixed points in your baby’s schedule. You can read more about this in our article on fixed points in a baby schedule.
Formula-Fed 3 Month Old Baby
7:00 — Wake and Feed (*Fixed Point)
8:30 — Nap (*Fixed Point)
10:00 — Wake and Feed
11:30 — Nap
1:00 — Wake and Feed
2:30 — Nap
3:30 — Wake
4:00 — Feed
4:30 — Catnap
5:00 — Wake
6:00 — Feed
6:30 — Nap
9:00 — Feed and Bedtime (*Fixed Point)
11:00 — Fill-Up Feed
+ 1 or possibly 2 night feedings

* – we recommend you make these fixed points in your baby’s schedule. You can read more about this in our article on fixed points in a baby schedule.
Note: This schedule follows the eat-play-sleep routine, however, it is sometimes hard to do at this age when the amount of time between naps is not long enough and your baby wakes too early from his nap because of a feeding.

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