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Sleep schedule

What does a typical day look like for a 3 month old? She wakes up about once every night if that so she sleeps great at night but during the day she won’t take naps unless she is sleeping on my chest. I need to start having a better schedule and her getting used to her crib. She sleeps in a pack and play at night time.

  • Jess
    Aug 23, 2018

    Hi Christine, I can’t be much help except to say I am in the same boat. Our 3 month old fights naps unless laying on one of us but sleeps thru the night about half the week and up once the other half. We both work from home so it makes it hard when she won’t nap in her bed.

  • Tabitha
    Aug 23, 2018

    That sounds about right. My son was the same way, my daughter is following suit. It's ok to let them sleep 6 hours through the night. That does make them not want to nap as much during the day without the exact right condition. The best way I found for transitioning to a crib is to have a bedtime routine. Which is just doing the exact same things for bedtime and naps. Although many recommend that if you do move your baby to a crib that they stay in your room until at least 6 months.

  • Tabitha
    Aug 23, 2018

    https://goo.gl/search/Establishing+a+sleep+schedule Month-by-Month Baby & Infant Sleep Schedule - Parents.com Establish a Bedtime Routine for Baby. It's never too early to start a bedtime routine with your baby. In fact most babies will be receptive to a schedule around 6-8 weeks. Bedtime routines calm your child and prepare him for a good night's sleep, which is vital to happiness (both yours and Baby's) in the morning!

  • Hillary
    Aug 23, 2018

    I used the crib for naps during the day and the pac n play at night since our son slept in our room until 6 months. That helped him get use to his crib and he is full time in his crib now. I read the boom Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. That helped me know a schedule to follow, it's been a life saver.

  • Jenn
    Aug 23, 2018

    My 3 month old naps in her crib. She is usually able to stay awake for 1 1/2- 2 hours between naps and her naps are usually 45 minutes, which is normal for her age. She is starting to connect some sleep cycles and will sometimes do an hour or even an hour and a half but that's usually if she is super tired. She sleeps all night too. I read that day and night sleep use different parts of the brain, which is why 1 can be so good and the other not

  • Christine
    Aug 23, 2018

    @jenn that’s awesome. That’s the thing she only takes little cat naps when I’m trying to get her to take real naps.

  • Carley
    Aug 23, 2018

    My son does the same thing sleeps really good at night and his naps are just all over the place during the day I did find that wrapping him in a halo sleep sac for naps and night time helps him stay asleep in the crib

  • Jenn
    Aug 23, 2018

    Christine, I read that they don't really start connecting sleep cycles during the day till 4-5 months so cat naps are normal

  • Betsy
    Aug 23, 2018

    At 3 mos they could be or approaching more regulation with their feedings and naps. I found it helpful to distinguish between day and night. And have a bedtime routine. So baby begins to learn sleeping at night is for longer stretches. At 3 mos I found just to let baby nap when she needed to nap in a place that works for her - the swing. I followed her ques when she was getting sleepy - yawning and turning her head to the side. And crying was when I was too late and she was very tired and made it even harder to get her to nap. Now she has more semblance to naps, she is 7 most old and takes 2 longer naps and 1 short nap during the day. We transitioned her to the crib at night at 6 mos and now I am looking to put her in crib for day naps to see how it goes now that she is used to crib.

  • Elle
    Aug 23, 2018

    Agree with Tabitha's comment. Also, we found naps during the day are easier (and less of a big deal) once baby is sleeping through the night solidly.

  • Ileana
    Aug 24, 2018

    I have a 3 month old with somewhat similar habits. He only sleeps in the pack n play at night and we do bath time every night to help him sleep. During day, he naps either in dock a tot, crib, rock n play or on me. Right now he’s on me bc I know he needs a good nap, not just a cat nap! Swaddling sometimes helps and he likes to hold on to a blanket toy for a nap. Oh, try a white noise machine, too!

  • Paige
    Aug 24, 2018

    My son used to only nap on my chest too but I figured out a way to take him off me once he fell asleep. Just wrap a blanket around them while they sleep that way they still feel snuggled up. Then lay them down. I did this for about a week and then he started falling asleep without me.