Your baby's development

When it comes to sleeping, you will be treated to stories of parents whose babies slept through the night at six weeks old. While this is possible, it is also rare. Small babies have even smaller tummies so cannot hold lots of food in one go. This is why they need to feed a few times in the night to get through. 

With this in mind it is not unusual for your baby to still be waking up once or twice in the night in month three and this may continue for some time, so try not to worry too much about it – your baby’s sleeping habits will settle down soon.

Three-month-old babies need around 15 hours of sleep, which roughly equates to five hours in the day and ten at night. These aren’t continuous hours of sleep, though – your baby may nap in two to three-hour stretches or have lots of shorter naps throughout the day and night.

No baby, toddler or child is the same when it comes to sleep so resist the urge to compare your baby’s sleep patterns with anyone else’s. This is also a very rough estimate, as some babies need less sleep while others are fond of a long slumber. If you’re worried about your baby’s sleep patterns consult your pediatrician. 

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