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Sample Babywise Schedules: The Third Month

By the third month, you will start to feel a little bit like you know what it is going on. Don't get me wrong, you are still in the newborn months and things can just be hard during those months. But you are getting closer to being through these unpredictable newborn months. This post outlines what to expect that third month of your baby's life.

Sample Babywise Schedules: The Third Month


Before you go further, please be sure you have read My Sleep Hierarchy For Newborns. You need to know what your primary and secondary goals should be for a newborn so you keep priorities straight. It will make your newborn life much less frustrating! Also, if you are working on sleep training, you must read my post Sleep Training: The Four S's.

Month Overview
During this third month, aim for the following:
  • 8 Weeks: Baby might be ready to drop to 6 feedings in a 24 hour period. 
  • 8 Weeks: If cluster feeding, some stop at 8 weeks.
  • 8 Weeks: Most babies will no longer be sleepy during feedings and are easier to keep awake. Some do this younger.
  • 9 Weeks: Baby might be ready to drop the dreamfeed. The range is 9-15 weeks, and yes, many times baby is older than that.
  • 9 Weeks: Baby might be able to go 9-10 hours at night between feedings if breastfed. If bottle fed, it can up up to 11. Keep mind many babies are still not at 7-8 hours at night yet.
  • 9 Weeks: 2-3 month old babies might wake up in the 5 AM hour and talk to themselves for a while before falling back to sleep.
  • 12 Weeks: Many babies are now sleeping 7-8 hours by this age. 
  • 12 Weeks: Some babies are ready to go to a 3-4 hour feeding schedule. 
  • 13 Weeks: Might be ready for 5-7 feedings in day.
For a full year overview, see this post: Your Babywise Baby: First Year Overview.

Our Sample Schedules
Here are our schedules we used in this age:

Week 9:

7:30--feed
8:20--nap
11:00--feed
11:50--nap
2:00--feed
2:50--nap
4:30-5:00--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime
10:00--dreamfeed


then night feed. Typically, this happened between 6-6:15. Toward the end of the week she slept until 7 AM.

Week 10:
6:00 AM--eat
7:00 AM--nap
9:30 AM--eat
10:20 AM--nap
12:30 AM--eat
1:20 AM--nap
3:30 or 4:00 PM--eat (sometimes she wakes at 3:30, sometimes she continues sleeping and I get her by 4:00).
4:20 or 4:50 PM--nap
5:30 or 6:00 PM--eat (I always get her by 6)
WITCHING HOUR TIME PERIOD--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed

7:30 AM--eat
8:30 AM--nap
10 or 10:30--eat (I always get her by 10:30)
10:50 or 11:20--nap
1 or 1:30--eat (I always get her by 1:30)
1:50 or 2:20--nap
3:30 or 4:00--eat (I always get her by 4:00)
4:20 or 4:50 PM--nap
5:30 or 6:00 PM--eat (I always get her by 6)
WITCHING HOUR TIME PERIOD--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed



7:30--feed
8:20--nap
11:00--feed
11:50--nap
2:00--feed
2:50--nap
4:30-5:00--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime

10:00--dreamfeed

Week 11:
7:30 AM--eat
8:30 AM--nap
10 or 10:30 AM--eat (I always get her by 10:30)
10:50 or 11:20 AM--nap
1 or 1:30 PM--eat (I always get her by 1:30)
1:50 or 2:20 PM--nap
4:00 PM--eat
4:50 PM--nap
6:00 PM--eat
6:45 PM--put in swing (due to witching hour)--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat (essentially a dreamfeed--no waketime)
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed



7:30--feed
8:20--nap
11:00--feed
11:50--nap
2:00--feed
2:50--nap
5:00--feed
5:20--nap
7-7:30 (time varies here)--feed, then bedtime

10:15--dreamfeed

Week 12:
7:30 AM--eat
8:30 AM--nap
10 or 10:30 AM--eat (I always get her by 10:30)
10:50 or 11:20 AM--nap
1 or 1:30 PM--eat (I always get her by 1:30)
1:50 or 2:20 PM--nap
4:00 PM--eat
4:50 PM--nap6:00 PM--eat
6:45 PM--put in swing (due to witching hour)--sometimes she sleeps, sometimes not
8:00 PM--eat (essentially a dreamfeed--no waketime)
8:30 PM--in bed
10:00 PM--Dreamfeed



Sample Babywise Schedules: The Third Month8:10--feed
9:10--nap
11:30--feed
12:20--nap
3:00--feed
3:50--nap
6:00--feed
7:00--nap
8:00--feed, then bedtime

10:15--dreamfeed

See our Newborn Summaries:

Your Sample Schedules
Here are your sample schedules from this time period:

9 Weeks: 

Here is my current schedule for my 9 week old girl. (She was a premie so her adjusted age would be closer to 5 weeks.) She is a good sleeper and started STTN at 7 weeks. We never did a dream feed because she goes to bed later than most.
6am: wake and nurse and she goes right back down.
9am: wake and nurse and play time.
10:15: nap
12pm: wake and nurse and wake time.
1pm: nap
3pm: wake and nurse and independent play
4pm: nap
6pm: wake and nurse. She will sit in her bouncy seat while family eats and then we all go for a walk together. Sometimes she sleeps and other times she stays awake the whole time.
8pm: She is awake by this time if she even took a nap after 6. We start our bedtime routine of bath and 4 oz bottle of either formula or pumped BM.
9pm: Bed! She sleeps through until 6am.

I always pump both side around 11:00 before I go to bed to keep up my supply since she is STTN at such a young age! We also utilized CIO for about a week and now she is napping well throughout the day. It took work, but it is so worth it!


10 Weeks: 
10 week old boy
we are on a 3 hour or 3 hour 15 min schedule. The day starts somewhere between 7:30 or 8 am and he goes down to sleep around 9 pm. We watch for signs of tiredness and put him down for naps when we see that. Some days he can stay awake longer and some days he seems more sleepy. We just try to read him. So far its working out wonderfully. Since week 5 he has been sleeping 8-10 hours a night straight through til morning. I know we're blessed! :) This is a typical day...
~wake up between 7:30 and 8 - 5oz bottle
plays or swings for about 15 minutes
~between 8:30 and 9 - nap
~wakes up around 10:30, 10:45- 5 oz bottle
plays in play pen, tummy time, we read a book...
~noon - nap
~wakes up around 1:30, at 2:00- 5 oz bottle
swings, plays in play pen
~3:00 - nap
~wakes up between 4 and 4:30
plays with Daddy
~5:30- 5 oz bottle
around 7 he takes a 30 or 45 min catnap in his swing or sometimes in his crib
we give him a bath every other day and massage
~8:45 last bottle- 5 oz
in bed by 9:15


10 week old TWINS
I have them on the same schedule. Sometimes one isn't as hungry or tired yet, but whoever is "dominating" wins, and they both get the bottle or bed time. Otherwise, I don't think I could survive!

7am 3&4oz bottles
wake time getting ready, but no play time
drop off at day care
8am nap

10am 3&4 oz bottles, play time
11am nap on and off (my boy doesn't nap well, girl naps solidly)

1pm 3&4 oz bottles, play time
2pm nap on and off

4pm 3&4 oz bottles, play time
5pm nap on and off

6:30pm family dinner (usually the babies scream the entire time while we eat since they wake from their naps early)

7:00pm 3&4oz bottles
cuddle time watching TV and reading books with babies and our 3yo

7:30 baths for each baby
8:00pm lay down for bed

10:00pm dream feed

approximately 4am middle of the night feeding. Going to start reducing ounces and try to drop this feeding soon.


10 - 13 week old boy
7:30am - 8am - Feed
wake time usually consists of baby in bouncy chair watching mom have her coffee.
9:30am - Nap
11am - Feed
wake time consists of some sort of exercise for mom, either stroller ride or front carrier hike.
12:30pm - Nap
2pm - Feed
wake time: bath then errands.
3:30pm - Nap
5pm - Feed
Wake time: bouncy chair or playpen time. Mom makes dinner.
7pm - Nap or awake usually put in swing because tends to be fussy at this time.
7:45-8:15pm - Last Feed
Have not done dreamfeeds as we are usually in bed early and up early so found dreamfeeds would actually make me lose some of my sleep.
3-4am - Feed (when baby wakes up) straight back to bed. Still trying to drop this feed.

12 weeks:
12 week old girl (but same schedule since 9 weeks or so)
I also work very early, so I have to leave the house by 6:30 am and get home at 5. So I always want to make sure she starts the day with a breastfeeding before getting breastmilk from a bottle all day.
5:30 wake
6-6:15 independent playtime while I get ready for work
6:15 nap
8:30 feed
9:00-9:30 play time with daddy and tummy time
9:30 nap
11:00 feed
12:15 nap
2:00 feed
3:15 nap (she has a very hard time with this nap)
4:45 or 5:00 feed
6:00 nap (she has a hard time with this nap sometimes)
8:00 feed
8:30-9:00 bed, depending on cues 
My husband pointed out that I should mention we don't dreamfeed. I tried it, and she actually wouldn't sleep through the night on nights that I did one. It started because I was so tired I skipped the dreamfeed for a couple of nights and she slept through. Then I picked it back up and she woke at 3:30. Perhaps because of gas? Either way, she currently doesn't eat between 8 and 5:30

Varied ages:
2-3 Months
7:30 Wake, Nurse
8:20 Nap
10:30 Wake, Nurse
11:25 Nap
1:30 Wake, Nurse
2:25-30 Nap
4:30 Wake, Nurse
5:30 Cat nap
6:30 Bath, bedtime routine
7:00 Nurse (Sometimes earlier if really tired)
7:30 Bed
10:30/11 Dreamfeed
No MOTN feeding since about 10 weeks



Almost 3 month old:
7:30 am - eat
8:30 am - nap
10:30 am - eat
11:30 am - nap
1:30 pm - eat
2:30 pm - nap
4:30 pm - eat
5:30 pm - will take a catnap usually wakes up a little fussy - will usually have to hold - may feed early
6:45 to 7:30 pm - eat
Bed by 8 (if eats at 7:30pm)
10pm - Dreamfeed
wakes at 5am for "night" feed - start day at 7:30



Almost 3 months
6am-waking time-feeding
7am-nap
9am-feeding
11:30am-feeding-and usually we go out and doesn't fall asleep until his last feeding,stays awake all that time.Very happy and calm,sometimes fussy.(i know he is tired)
2:30pm-feeding
3:30pm-nap
5pm-feeding
6pm-nap
8pm-feeding,and goes to bed at 8:30pm,50% of the feedings i wake him up,specially on this one.
2am-feeding,he wakes up for this one. I'm still working on getting him to STTN, the longest interval so far is 6.5 hours but that is about it. and i usually pump before going to sleep(10-11pm) to keep my milk supply.
God bless you all for sharing!


Here's the schedule we used between 2-5 months.

6:00am Wake, nurse, then some playtime
7:00 or 7:15 Goes down for a Nap
9am Wake, nurse, then tummy time and playtime (sometimes errands)
10:30 Nap
12pm Wake, nurse, then tummy time & playtime or errands
1:30 Nap
3:00 Wake, nurse, playtime
4:30 Nap (sometimes this nap starts a little later. He usually takes longer to fall asleep for this nap.)
6:00 Nurse, playtime and family time
8:00 Nurse and then bed (8:30pm)
(about 12pm feeding until he dropped it at approximately 6 weeks)
(about 3am feeding until he started sleeping through the night consistently at 3.5 months)


See Also:


 Sample Babywise Schedules for the first year  Sample Babywise Schedules: The first month  Sample Babywise Schedules: The Second Month



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