The third month
Things are probably starting to settle down this month. The visitors have stopped, your body is returning to normal and your baby is likely to be more settled and more predictable. Now might be a good time to reread the seven tips on surviving your baby’s first year!
This month your baby will find out that there is more to life than just eating and sleeping. She will probably cry less and want to play more.
By the end of the third month many babies are having longer stretches of sleep overnight - perhaps six hours straight or more. At this age your baby will probably need about 10 hours of sleep overnight (with feeds every 4-6 hours) and about five hours of sleep during the day. She might be settling into a more predictable routine with her day sleeps – having about three naps between 1- 2.5 hours long.
You probably won’t have set times for her naps but you might notice a pattern based on your baby’s tired signs or a version of the wake, eat, play and sleep routine.
Also 'settling down' this month will be your breastfeeding. You probably don't leak anymore and your breasts probably don't feel as full. This doesn't mean that you're losing your supply of breastmilk. Your body has sorted out how much milk is needed and is responding to that demand.
This month your baby will discover his hands – he might spend ages watching them (and chewing on them) and seeing what they can do! He will enjoy lying back and kicking his legs and, if you’ve been giving him heaps of tummy time, he might be able stay on his belly to play for about 10-15 minutes at a time.
What about Mum?
For your own peace of mind, don’t be tempted to compare your baby to others. All babies are different and all progress differently.
The comparison likely to cause you the most amount of grief will be to do with sleeping. If you’re still waking two or three times a night it might seem like every other baby in the world is already sleeping through. Remember that everyone’s definition of ‘sleeping through’ is different. Some people say five hours or missing a feed is ‘sleeping through’, some say their baby sleeps through even though they don’t actually put their baby to bed until late at night. Some people might lie about their baby’s sleeping habits and others, the lucky ones, might actually have a baby who sleeps from 7pm-7am every night (but even this could change when their baby gets more active, who knows?).
The important thing is to not compare – you’ll only put unnecessary pressure on yourself, and your baby, to live up to unrealistic expectations.
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Please note: All babies are different, these are generic guides and aren’t a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your health care provider.
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