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Basics of Newborn Baby Sleep 0 to 3 Months

Updated: Nov 13, 2022


If you're a parent, the first three months of your baby's life can feel like a roller coaster ride. Between sleepless nights and crying babies, it can be hard to know what to do at times. The good news is that there are lots of things you can do to help your baby sleep better, get into a routine, and make sure they're feeding at the right time. We've got everything you need here!

What to expect the first 3 months?

As a new parent, you will quickly learn that newborns have very specific sleep patterns. They are generally awake for 1-2 hours at a time, then they nap for another hour or two. This cycle can be interrupted by feeding or diaper changes; however, it’s important to keep your baby on a consistent schedule as much as possible so he or she can get into this pattern easily. What does this mean for you? It means that if your baby is sleeping through the night (12 hours) and suddenly wakes up at 3 AM crying hysterically because he needs to eat—that’s normal! In fact, it’s great news! You just need to learn how best to feed him without disrupting his schedule too much.

Your newborn should feed every 1-3 hours during the day and every 2-3 hours at night until they develop their own internal clock which will take around 3 months of being awake more often than not

Tips for parents of newborns

Newborns need to eat frequently and often. They may wake up every two hours during the night to eat, and that's normal! It's also normal for them to have trouble sleeping through the night at this age, even if they're not hungry. As long as you're keeping track of their feedings and diapers, don't worry about them waking up at night – it doesn't mean anything is wrong with your baby or your parenting skills!

If your baby is fussy or has other symptoms that seem out of the ordinary, talk to your pediatrician. They can help you figure out if there's anything wrong and how to fix it.

How to know if your baby is hungry?

The best way to know if your baby is hungry is to listen to them. If you hear them making sucking noises and crying, then it's a sign that they are hungry.

They may also become fussy, restless, irritable and weak or tired when they are hungry.

If your baby has eaten recently but is still crying, then it could be because they are in pain or need changing.

If you have tried everything else and your baby is still crying, then it may be time to give them a bottle.

If you're breastfeeding, it can be hard to tell if your baby is hungry or not. You may notice that they become fussy, restless, irritable and weak or tired when they are hungry. They may also begin crying for no reason at all. If you have tried everything else and your baby is still crying, then it could be because they are in pain or need changing.

When and how to feed your baby?

Baby from the day of birth to 3 months old, needs to be fed every 2-3 hours. It is recommended that you feed your baby about every 2 hours during the day and every 2-3 hours at night.

Don't worry if your baby cries between feeds – this is completely normal and happens to all babies! They need time to digest their milk so they can fall asleep again. If they start crying after eating, try putting them back on the breast or bottle before they get too upset and continue feeding them until they finish.

If your baby wants more milk than usual (they might be hungry), slow down the pace of feeding by giving smaller amounts more often over a longer period of time (e.g., 1/2 an hour instead of 20 mins). If your baby seems satisfied with their meal then stop feeding immediately – don't let them sit in front of you for hours on end just because it's been 'too long' since their last meal!

Should you wake baby up for feedings?

  • Don't wake baby up for feedings. Babies should be allowed to fall asleep on their own and stay asleep. Even if they are crying and you know they need a feeding, try not to pick them up until at least an hour after they've been put down.

  • Don't wake baby up for feedings if he is sleeping. If you think your newborn may be hungry, but he's already been put down for the night or nap time, just wait it out! Your little one will let you know when he needs something by waking up or making noise (whimpering).

  • Don't wake baby up for feedings if he is already awake! If it's time for evening feedings and your little one is awake enough that she won't go back to sleep without being fed yet again, don't give in—try playing with her instead! Sing songs together while rocking her gently in your arms so that she can calm down gradually instead of becoming overtired (and therefore fussy) by being constantly woken up throughout the night as well as during naptimes and bedtimes

How often should newborns eat?

How often should you feed your baby?

It's important to know how much your newborn is eating, and at what frequency. You can expect them to eat every 2 to 3 hours during the day and every 2 to 4 hours at night. If they're in a growth spurt, they might eat more frequently or be more awake throughout the day (sometimes called "waking up" or "transition periods").

There are plenty of formulas available for making bottles or breast milk storage bags, so if you don't want to go through the hassle of mixing formula by hand each time, just buy some premixed options!

When it comes to feeding your baby, the more the better! Babies need a minimum of about 2 ounces of formula per feeding for the first 6 months of life. After that, you can slowly decrease their intake as they start eating solid foods (which usually happens around 6 months old).

How to get extra sleep in the first days and weeks

In the first weeks, you will probably sleep very little. Your baby may not sleep through the night until a few months old, or ever. This is normal and expected, so don't worry about getting extra sleep in the first days and weeks. As your baby gets older and more accustomed to sleeping through the night, you'll get more rest yourself.

The first few months are a time of rapid growth and development for your baby. If you're breastfeeding, you'll have to feed your baby every two to three hours during the day and night. You'll need to take time for yourself as well, so don't feel guilty about napping or getting some rest when your baby sleeps.

How to soothe a fussy, crying baby?

  • Stay calm. It's easy to get frustrated, but try to stay calm and keep your voice low.

  • Talk to the baby, but don't overdo it. Try talking in a soothing tone of voice and touching the baby gently on its head or back as you do so. Many young babies find this comforting and will stop crying when they hear you speak in a low voice with a gentle touch.

  • Get into a routine: Try setting up a regular schedule for feeding and changing diapers, giving baths (if needed), playing with your child, etc., so that both you and your child know what's coming next during the day—and so that either one of you can take advantage of the other being asleep at any given moment! This helps make life more predictable for both of you—and helps ease your concerns about how much time remains until Bedtime arrives!

Get to know your child’s cries: If your baby is crying more than usual, consider what might be causing it. Is he hungry? Tired? Worried about something in his environment? Sometimes it can help ease a baby's distress if you offer reassurance—for example, by letting him know that Mommy or Daddy will be back soon (even if this isn't the case).

Dealing with night-time challenges 0 - 3 months

You may be wondering what to do if your baby is fussy, crying or otherwise struggling to sleep. Here are some tips:

  • Keep a consistent routine. This means going through the same motions each night before bedtime, without fail. It will help your child get into a good sleeping routine and encourage them to trust that they'll feel rested in the morning.

  • Offer comfort when needed. If you find that your newborn has trouble falling asleep on their own, try rocking them gently in your arms until they drift off — this can be soothing for both of you! If your little one still needs more help relaxing before bedtime (and not just during), play some soft music from your phone or record yourself reading out loud over white noise machines like this one—these are great for drowning out distracting noises like dogs barking outside!

  • Encourage naps during the day so baby falls asleep faster at night! Newborns sleep up to 20 hours per day but most parents don't want their child sleeping that much time so it's important for them get enough rest during daylight hours rather than staying awake all night long! If possible try taking turns with other family members so one person wakes up every hour while others keep sleeping soundly—this way everyone gets plenty of restful slumber time throughout each 24 hour period which ensures greater mental alertness when needed most instead of feeling fatigued at inconvenient times such as mid afternoon when getting ready for work afterwards."

Best sleep products for babies 0 - 3 months

0-3 Months

Swaddles, socks, sleep sacks and cribs are all great sleep products for babies.

  • Swaddles: Keep your baby snug by wrapping them in a swaddle blanket that's been secured with Velcro or snaps. That way they won't be able to kick their legs around while they sleep.

  • Socks: Your baby will have tiny feet during this time period and will need some socks to keep warm. Don't worry about it being cold though; babies don't feel the same temperature as adults do! You can find packs of newborn sized socks at any store that sells baby products like Target or Walmart or Amazon if you prefer buying online (we do). Also make sure they're not too thick because they'll be too hot when bedtime rolls around later on down the road!

Sleep sacks: There are tons of different types of sleep sacks for babies, but the most important thing is that they're safe. Make sure you choose one that's breathable and comfortable for your little one to wear. You can find them at any store that sells baby products like Target or Walmart or Amazon if you prefer buying online (we do). Cribs:

The first three months may feel like a roller coaster when it comes to baby's sleep. Make sure you are taking care of yourself too.

You may start to worry about your baby's sleep and whether or not she is getting enough rest. You don't want her to be overtired, but you also don't want her to be under-tired either. This can cause a lot of stress for parents who are trying their best to figure out just how much sleep they should get per day. The good news is that there is no rule saying babies have to sleep through the night at any given age! It might take a while before they do so, but don't stress too much about it if your little one doesn't follow the same schedule as everyone else's kids. Most babies start sleeping through the night around 6 months old when they have built up enough strength and stamina in order keep themselves entertained throughout most of the night


It’s natural to feel anxious about your newborn's sleep. But if you expect that things might take some time to settle down, you won’t stress out as much when they don't go exactly according to plan.

You may find yourself checking on your baby every few hours or waking up at night—even if you do everything right, it can be tough on both of you! But remember: this is temporary and there are plenty of ways to help make it easier for everyone involved. Your baby is going through a lot of changes in his first few months, so we've got some tips below on how best to support him through this journey.

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