3 Month Old Sleep Schedule and Development
3 Month Old Sleep Development:
At this age most babies need at least 15 hours of total sleep in a 24 hour period. Ideally we’ll see at least 10 hours of sleep at night and 3-5 naps a day, though there is still a lot of variation at this age.
[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]
Most babies are ready to sleep after 60-120 minutes of awake time, so we’ll want to keep an eye on how long they’ve been awake in addition to sleepy cues. Sleepy cues vary, but can include slowing down, putting their head down (or against you), rubbing their face, looking away, or getting a glazed look.
While we won’t expect much predictability yet at this age, here’s what an average day may look like:
Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.
Go ahead and introduce a comfort object (or “lovey”) at this age. Even if they can’t take it into their sleep space with them, you can use it during bedtime routines so your baby can start developing an attachment to it.
Although many parents are ready for more predictability at this age, most babies still need naps based upon awake time, rather than “by the clock.”
"My daughter started rolling at this age during sleep. She would turn over and sleep right on her face! My pediatrician told me not to keep rolling her back over since she was strong enough to do it on her own. But I don’t think I slept for an entire month!"
- Amber, Huckleberry Sleep Consultant