It feels great to know that your child has grown 3-months older. But this 3-months age is the initial point where the parents should take a step to inbuild a sleep routine for their baby. It is a fact that 3-month sleep regression is one of the most demanding challenges new parents face because it can disrupt your baby’s sleep schedule and make you feel like you are walking on eggshells. If your baby was sleeping through the night at 2-months, this regression could occur as soon as 3-months old. It seems that babies grow out of stage 1, where they sleep for longer stretches and enter into stage 2, where they wake more frequently to eat or need a diaper change. I know you find yourself awake at night wondering how to solve your baby’s sleep problems? In this article, I will cover some of the most common 3-month-old sleep problems and their solutions.
There’s a lot of sleeping going on in the 3-month-old baby stage. But it can be tricky to know when your little one is getting enough shut-eye—especially if you’re still adjusting to life with an infant. The best way to tell if your baby is sleeping well (and catch up on your rest while you’re at it) is to learn his or her sleep pattern. Each baby has its unique rhythm. But typically, a 3-month old child requires 14 to 16 hours of sleep in 24 hours, including 4 to 5 naps. To have a specific sleep pattern, we need to discuss the sleep difficulties the children face and their solutions.
A List of Common Sleep Problems for 3 Month Olds, & How to Fix Them.
Jumbling up Day and Night Sleep
Sleep is a vital ingredient that all adults and babies need to function at their best to remain healthy, mentally and emotionally. The typical American baby spends about 12 hours a day sleeping, but the amount of sleep a baby needs in those first few months can vary greatly. A three-month-old baby will usually sleep for about two hours at a time and then awaken for two to three hours before falling back asleep for another two hours. At this young age, babies will also sleep for more prolonged periods during the night, typically from 7 or 8 p.m. to 6 or 7 a.m., and then take a long nap during the day, often from 1 to 3 p.m.
If you want your baby not to mix day and night sleep, you should make them distinguish between day and night. You can make them fix a sleep pattern, change your feeding time accordingly, and the most important point is to let them sleep independently.
Your baby doesn’t feel comfortable laying on their back because they feel relaxed sleeping on their tummies. But the position in which the baby is sleeping is significant because it causes SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and many other incidents which can lead to crucial situations. Doctors always advise placing your baby on its back while sleeping.
If your baby is not sleeping on their back, it is because they are not feeling safe and relaxed. To make them feel comfortable, you can wrap them in a cozy blanket, you can provide them with a pacifier, and you can ease them by putting them in the crib on their back, being with them to position them on their back. It is casual if your baby is not sleeping on its back, but it is the only secure way for them to sleep.
As mentioned above, the baby has 4 to 5 naps during the day. They can take naps according to their routine, which is shorter and more precise. But sometimes, due to illness, their growth phase, teething, and changes in sleep cycle lead them to take random naps during the day, which is out of their routine. You can solve the random naps problems of your child by asking for the medications from your doctor, engaging them with different activities while they are awake, making them sleep early at night, be with them to look after whenever they need you.
How to Make Them Sleep in their Crib?
It is easy for you to make your child sleep in their crib, the thing you have to focus on is consistency because it is a gradual process. You can put them in the crib when they are drowsy and do this daily. To attract them to their crib, you can hang different snack catchers. You can change the place of the crib from placing it in your room to theirs. These are the solutions to solve the sleep difficulties a 3-month child face. The most significant point is that you have to build a sleep pattern for your child. You have to formulate a routine for them, and I ensure you this will solve half of your problem automatically.
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