3 Month Old Routine

Hi, All!

First time Mom here and having major struggles with nailing down a solid routine. I’ve followed taking cara babies wake windows and other sleep tips. I’ve taken both her newborn and 3-4 month old classes. My little one has a hard time going down at night at a consistent time as her nap times vary. For example, her day could look like this:

8:00 am Wake

9:15 am -10:00am Nap #1

11:30-12:00 Nap #2

1:30-2:15 Nap #3

3:30-4:20 Nap #4

5:35-6:00 Nap #5

7:30 Bedtime

Maybe the next day she wakes at 7:30 am and it throws off her nap times. Her naps are also very short and have been since about month 2 on. Since her naps vary so much we can’t get her to bed at a consistent time and I think it effects her sleep. She almost always wakes up 45 minutes after going down to bed. Like a false start.

We keep her awake for 75-90 mins before bed and have a consistent bedtime routine of bath, lotion, pajamas, bottle, bed. What am I missing?


  • Hi @Kylie Have you had a chance to check out our sleep schedule generator? This will provide you a sleep schedule for your baby's age.

    I'm also tagging our in house sleep expert, @Natalie_Barnett_PhD here because I am sure she has some insight she can share, too!

  • Natalie_Barnett_PhD
    Natalie_Barnett_PhD Member, Nanit Team, Expert

    Hey @Kylie it actually sounds really normal to me. It can be really hard for a lot of babies to be on much of a chedule at this age, so the fact that you have a pretty consistent schedule is amazing! You will get more consistency with time. I know it can be frustrating when the naps vary in length so much, but its very much par for the course at this stage. I'd suggest sticking to your wake window plan and then you will likely find that some days are 4 nap days and some are 5 nap days, and the bedtime might vary a bit. Pretty soon you will be fairly consistently on 3 naps, which should happen fairly naturally in the next month or so!

  • Angdmp
    Angdmp Member

    My 3 month old is on a very similar schedule with the wake windows and amount of naps per day, but the times of the naps varying due to wake time changing slightly each day. @Natalie_Barnett_PhD I’m curious how nap times decrease from 4-5 to 3 and about when that should happen? Does the baby’s wake time between naps naturally lengthen / should it, or is this due to nighttime sleep extending in length?

  • NanitJessica
    NanitJessica Community Moderator, Nanit Team

    Hi @Angdmp,

    Thanks for posting on here to learn more about naps for your baby. Here are some articles that may help you with understanding naps:

    Also, check out our sleep schedule generator as this will provide you a sleep schedule for your baby's age and can possibly help with your baby's nap.

    Don't hesitate to ask any further questions if you have any!