3 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Bedtime and Nap Schedule

Amber LoRe / Pediatric sleep consultant / Updated Feb 01, 2021
3 Month Old Baby

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.

3 month old sleep time, nap time and bedtime schedule (sample)

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 though we don't recommend taking it into their sleep space with them yet, 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

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Created Nov 29 2019