The Best 3 Month Old Schedule With 4 Perfect Examples To Try

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 12/14/21 •  8 min read

Life with a 3 month old baby is all about settling into your parenting stride by establishing infant schedules and getting to know your little one more and more each day. 

And by now, the “newborn honeymoon phase” is ending and your little dumpling is growing up into an alert individual as they start to be more predictable with their habits!

So, whether your baby is an easy sleeper (or not!) or if they love big feeds, a 3 month old schedule will help to define your day and give your brain the space to focus on what really matters…

Being present and in the moment with your precious baby!

Why Should A 3 Month Old Have A Schedule?

I am a firm believer in schedules and routines for young children and at 3 months it is important that you start to think about establishing some sort of routine that you and baby can both work with, to establish a foundation on which you can build your day and feel more in control.

Especially after the roller coaster that is the early months!

Any 3 month old schedule will be created around their sleep and feeding needs, so you need to know how much age-appropriate sleep they need and how much you can expect to be feeding them in a 24 hour period.

How Much Should A 3 Month Old Sleep?

A crucial part of a 3 month old schedule… Your 3 month old will still be sleeping more than they will be awake, as they require between 14-17 hours of sleep a day. 

Hopefully, 10 hours of sleep will be taken at night with only 1-2 wakings for feeding… 

And the remaining 4 to 7 hours of sleep is then taken over 4 or 5 daytime naps.

Making the most of your 3 month old’s awake windows and ensuring that they do not get overtired needs to be your priorities at this stage… So, how long should baby be awake between naps?

How Long Should A 3 Month Old Be Awake Between Naps?

Your 3 month old’s awake windows will vary slightly from day to day and from baby to baby…

But most babies will be awake for 30 minutes to 2 hours between naps.

It is important not to fall into the trap of believing that babies know when they are tired. 

As, in fact, the opposite is true!

Babies are not very good at identifying when they are overtired as they will keep going if you keep them entertained…

HOWEVER…

They are amazing at giving you sleep cues to indicate that they are ready for sleep.  

Knowing when your baby is ready for sleep will make settling them a lot easier, as an overtired baby is going to be very fussy. ..

And a fussy baby will not settle easily nor will they stay asleep very well either!

5 Common Baby Sleep Cues

5 common sleep cues in babies are:

  1. Rubbing eyes 
  2. Pulling at ears
  3. Yawning
  4. Looking away
  5. Squirming and restlessness

3 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Sleep is the other essential part of a 3 month old schedule and although there may now be a pattern emerging as far as your baby’s sleep patterns are concerned…

Many 3 month olds are still unpredictable in their sleep needs. 

Having a bedtime and nap routine that starts to teach your baby sleep cues and having a healthy sleep environment will go a long way in helping you towards a more stable schedule.

Here is a 3 month old sleep schedule with approximate timings to give you an idea of what your baby’s sleep patterns could look like:

Further Reading: If your little one is struggling to sleep without your being there, read the following post to navigate this tricky situation… HELP! Baby Won’t Sleep Unless Held!

How Much Should A 3 Month Old Eat?

Feeding will still dictate a large part of your day and is therefore very important to include into a 3 month old schedule.

Breastfed babies should be fed every 2-3 hours during the day with 15 minutes at each breast…

While formula-fed babies should be having 4-6 oz every 3-4 hours.

As both you and your baby are more efficient and capable at breastfeeding, your little one will be taking full feeds during the day which will enable them to sleep longer at night.

You may also find that your baby starts to cluster feed at this age as their body is growing rapidly. 

Now your baby is no longer considered a newborn… it is fine to let them sleep for longer and feed less at night. 

How Long Can A 3 Month Old Go Between Feedings?

A baby of 3 months of age can go as long as 4-5 hours between feeds. 

This is great if it happens at night so that you can start getting some well-earned rest, but many babies of this age will still wake every 3-4 hours even at night.

As a general rule, your 3 month old will need feeding every 3-4 hours during the day.

3 Month Old Feeding Schedule

Below is what a 3 month old feeding schedule might look like.

It is important to bear in mind that all babies are different and they will all have their unique version of this basic schedule. 

However… the timing between feeds will roughly be the same for all babies.

Sample 3 Month Old Schedules

While all babies are different and each schedule will vary slightly, there are some basic guidelines you can follow from which you can build your baby’s daily routine.

Remember, the basics of enough age-appropriate sleep and regular feeds are the foundations on which you will build your ideal schedule ending the day with a regular and healthy bedtime routine.

Here are a couple of samples of a typical 3 month old schedule to get you started. 

3 Month Old Schedule With 5 Naps

A 3 month old schedule with 5 naps should look similar to this:

3 Month Old Schedule With 4 Naps

And a 3 month old schedule with 4 naps should look similar to this!

Final Notes

As with all schedules, it is also important to remember that all babies are different and the schedules that I recommend for 3 month old babies are designed to be flexible and should never be forced.

The perfect 3 month old schedule will always prioritise your baby and work for your family’s lifestyle.

Trust your instincts, utilise our templates and find your perfect family balance.

As always, if you have any further questions about 3 month old schedules, be sure to email me at [email protected] and let me know. I’ll be more than happy to help!

And until next time, with love and support, Happy Parenting.

Paula McLaren

Paul Mclaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the child care industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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