3 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Complete Guide

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 06/15/22 •  10 min read  •  Baby » Baby Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how and when to get your baby on a regular 3 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 3 Month Old Sleep?

Sample 3 Month Old Sleep Schedule 

By 3 months old, you will hopefully begin to see a more regular sleep routine developing.

It is important to remember that a 3 month old sleep schedule should be built around their individual needs and your lifestyle in order for it to be as beneficial as possible.

With that said, here’s a sample 3 month old sleep schedule containing 4 daytime naps:

3 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: At 3 months old, your baby’s routine may still vary from day to day and these sleep and nap schedules are for guidance only.

Nap Schedule For A 3 Month Old Baby

At 3 months, your baby is still very focused on growing and developing a whole host of new physical, emotional, cognitive and social skills through baby toys and play sessions… and as a result, they will still spend most of their time asleep.

Your 3 month old’s nap schedule will now follow a rough routine, however, it can still vary day to day.

Depending on how busy their day is, your 3 month old will take between 3 and 5 naps.

Here’s what a 3 month old nap schedule can look like:

Wake Up7am
1st Nap8.30am to 9.30am (60 minutes long)
2nd Nap11am to 12pm (60 minutes long)
3rd Nap1.30pm to 3pm (90 minutes long)
4th Nap4.30pm to 5.30pm (60 minutes long)
“5th Nap” (Between their bedtime and having a dream feed)7pm to 11pm (4 hours long)

How Long Should A 3 Month Old Baby Nap For?

Typically, a 3 month old will have 3 to 5 naps a day.

TOP TIP: The 5th nap of the day is more like a sleep window than a nap as it occurs between baby’s bedtime and their dream feed.

How Long Should A 3 Month Old Baby Nap For?

Your 3 month old baby will nap anywhere between 60 minutes and 90 minutes at a time.

Some babies of this age may only nap for 30 minutes and others can sleep for 2 hours depending on their personalities and what has been going on in their lives.

Therefore, you will still need to be following your 3 month old’s lead for sleep at this point.

TOP TIP: If your baby had a quick nap and is showing signs of being tired after only being awake for a short period of time… then it is important that you let them sleep again and DO NOT wait for ‘nap time‘. Trying to keep your baby awake will only lead to them getting overtired and being unable to settle.

Bedtime For A 3 Month Old

At 3 months old your baby is definitely ready for a simple bedtime routine which should consist of:

The whole bedtime routine should take no longer than 30 minutes and should be repeated at the same time every evening.

What Time Should A 3 Month Old Go To Bed

A 3 month old should be going to bed by 7pm once their bedtime routine is complete.

If your baby is still waking for nighttime feeds, I would recommend having a dream feed before you go to bed to maximise the amount of sleep you can have before having to feed them again.

3 Month Old Sleep Regression

Sleep regressions can hit at any time and are usually triggered by your baby’s changing sleep needs. 

The first sleep regression usually occurs at around 4 months of age but it can appear when your baby is 3 months old depending on how they are developing.

And as a result, if you have not done so already, now is the perfect time to start teaching your baby to self-settle by putting them in their crib to sleep when they are drowsy and not fast asleep.

Whether your baby is experiencing a 3 month old sleep regression or learning that they really like to have a feed and cuddle when they wake up in order to go back to sleep… 

Teaching your baby to fall asleep independently will go a long way to breaking the waking habit and get you through the regression much quicker.

To learn more about this sleep regression and how to manage a baby who won’t sleep unless held, read the following posts:

3 Month Old Sleep Tips

Managing and creating a 3 month old sleep schedule can be a rollercoaster of emotions…

Some days you will find it very easy to get your baby to sleep on time and on other days, it will simply not happen.

The key for this age is to remain consistent.

The effort you put into your 3 month old sleep schedule now will pay off in the long run, I promise.

Here are my top tips to make creating and sticking to a 3 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

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Common 3 Month Old Baby Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your 3 month old baby may encounter are:

Frequently Asked Questions About 3 Month Old Sleep Schedules

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 3 month old sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Can You Sleep Train A 3 Month Old Baby?

No, you cannot sleep train a 3 month old baby yet.

A 3 month old is still too young for sleep training… 

However, having healthy and regular sleep routines will set your baby on the right path to good sleep habits.

How Do I Teach My 3 Month Old To Self-Settle?

While a baby of 3 months old is too young for sleep training you can start to help them to learn how to self-settle. 

It is important that you do not let your little one get distressed and you will need to practise this skill very gradually. 

  1. Start by trying to put your baby down to sleep before they are fast asleep. 
  2. If they fuss then some gently rocking of the crib or putting your hand on their tummy to help to settle them. 
  3. Try to avoid picking them up again unless they become really upset. 
  4. Repeat.

This may not work every time but be patient and eventually, your baby will learn to fall asleep without you having to rock or hold them.

Watch this video to learn more about teaching your baby how to self-settle.

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How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For A 3 Month Old?

A 3 month old baby will sleep between 8-12 hours in their nighttime sleep space. 

Many 3 month olds will still wake up during that time for a couple of feeds but some may begin to sleep for 6 hours in one stretch.

How Long Should A 3 Month Old Stay Awake For?

The amount of time your 3 month old can stay awake will depend on the time of day and their personality. 

Most babies of this age will be awake for about 90 mins before needing to go back to sleep.

TOP TIP: At 3 months of age your baby will be able to stay awake for longer periods of time but keep an eye on sleep cues to avoid overtiredness.

Can A 3 Month Old Baby Sleep Through The Night?

Yes, if you are lucky! 

Depending on your little one’s development, a 3 month old baby is physically able to go for up to 8 hours without being fed. 

That being said… many 3 month old babies will still be waking for at least one nighttime feed after their dream feed (especially if they are breastfed).

In order to help your baby learn to sleep through the night, teach your baby to fall asleep without you and try to avoid rushing to their side when they wake up.

REMEMBER: All babies are different and this is never more true than in the early months when routines can be unpredictable. Try not to compare what your baby is doing with others.

Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Paula McLaren

Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the childcare 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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