3 Month Old baby wakes every 2 hours

South Africa
April 25, 2008 5:17am CST
Hey My 3 month old baby wakes every 2 hours at night? Is this normal? She doesn't sleep alot during the day
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@kezabelle (2985)
25 Apr 08
For a feed or just waking? If its for a feed maybe she is growing they get really hungry then. If its just waking for the sake of being awake it probably become a habit do you get her up or leave her to try and settle a little? At 3 months old waking now and again in the night is expected but she should be going at least 4-6 hours before waking for a feed, maybe something is disturbing her if she still sleeps in with you I used to disturb my kids a lot just turning over once they were in their own room they slept a lot better especially away from their dads snoring. Just keep a good bedtime routine bath bottle and bed but put her down awake she needs to fall through the natural sleep patterns (not on the bottle thats a comfort sleep) to get into a deep sleep if they are rocked etc it can cause them to not go through the natural stages of sleep and then be disturbed a lot
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• South Africa
25 Apr 08
Well, it's hard to say, as soon as I start feeding her eyes close, she drinks anything from 20ml - 100ml milk as falls asleeps again. No matter how much she drinks, 20ml or 100ml, she wakes up in 2 hours. Even when given the dummy, she falls asleep again, for 1 or 2 hours. She goes to bed all by herself in the evening, with no bottle or dummy, I can just put her in her crip (in her own room). Her bedtime routine is also very established, she sleeps for 4-5 hours the first time I put her down, and then after waking from there, she is awake every 2 hours.
@LadyPS (161)
• Singapore
25 Apr 08
I think it is normal,some babys are light sleepers.That happened to my boy when he was younger,6 month old he improving to 3 to 4 hours through the night.I too hope he could sleep longer at night.My neighbour's baby who is the same month as mine sleep 6 to 7 hours through the night.Most of the time my boy wakes up for feeding than fall back to sleep again.Now,I try feeding him before he crys for it and he sleeps through the feed too.At 11 month old now he can sleep for at least 8 hours.As for the day time he only sleeps once for 2 hours.All the best!
• South Africa
25 Apr 08
Thanks, I wasn't qute sure, as my first baby slept very well through the night. As they, not all babies are alike!
@only1shi (405)
• United States
27 Apr 08
every baby is different, but this is very normal. try to establish a routine that you can stick to everyday so that the baby can become accustomed to a sleep schedule. i started giving my baby a bath every night around the same time; then a feeding; and then i would rock her to sleep. now i can just lay her down. and she will actually let me know when we are running late with her bath. be patient, it takes time. and just because they get into a good routine doesn't mean that it can't change. a growth spurt, change in climate or routine, time change or just being sick can uproot all of the work that you've done and take time to get back on track.
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
26 Apr 08
I dont find anything abnormal about this. My daughters too gave me a tough time at night. HOwerver you can try to see that the baby is fed well and that there is arrangement that the baby does not feel wet when sleeping. These can prolong the sleep of the baby significantly.
• Kuwait
26 Apr 08
Is she hungry or discomfort? if its not either from the two i mention then it will time to be worry. maybe she feels hot or cold, rashes from any part of her skin. or noisy around or she cant sleep without light or with light.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
26 Apr 08
this sounds like my daughter, lol...she is still getting up 2-3 times a night and she is 8 months old now!! So I really can't tell you how to help it...but it's definately normal! We ended up putting her on reflux medicine because she also has what's called a "floppy voice box" - a mostly harmless condition that scares the heck out of moms because the baby makes gasping noises while sleeping. We also put an air purifier in her room for some white noise...You could try letting the baby cry 5 minutes before you go in...I wouldn't wait longer than that at that age though.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
26 Apr 08
My first baby did that and it was awful! Poor baby, turned out he had a tummy ache from the formula. They had just come out with hypoallergenic formula (I didn't have enough milk or I would've been nursing him) and when I switched him to that he settled down. Of course, by then he was used to waking every couple of hours and it took another couple months to get him to sleep for four hours at a time. He was always a restless sleeper till he was four or so. Now he sleeps like a log at 20yrs old! Babies have their own schedules in the womb and to expect them to immediately conform to ours is a little much for them. Your child may just have a different inner clock than you do. If you don't have a bedtime routine, start it now and remember that babies need about 13-15 hours of sleep a day. Bathe the baby, put the nightclothes on, read or whatever but do the same thing every night before you put the child down for the night. They thrive on routine and stability.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
25 Apr 08
Every baby is different some will wake up 5 to 6 times a night and some will wake up just once. It seems like she might be hungry she may be having a growing spurt which could make her hungry too.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
25 Apr 08
From everything else you've said, it sounds like she is just in the habit of waking up on that schedule. When my youngest first came home from the hospital, he would regularly wake up at 2am and want to be alert. It was because that was the time of night when the nursery staff would give baths...because it was easier for them. Even if I kept lights off he would want to be awake at that time. It took several weeks for me to fix that..I didn't have a problem with him waking up for a feed but he would be alert for 2-3 hours in the middle of the night like that! Once he was older he would wake up at certain times just because of other activity in the house. I put him in a room of his own where he wouldn't be disturbed but again he was already in the habit of being woken up at those times. I worked with him and now he almost sleeps through the night. If you want her to have a different sleep schedule, you have to teach her that. At 3 months getting her to sleep for 4-6 hours is nt unreasonable for a formula fed baby. How you go about "retraining" her is up to you though. Some like to take it slow and gradual, some prefer to do it quickly and let them "cry it out" until they learn.
• Philippines
25 Apr 08
hello! Well I think as long as you see that he/she is ok well I say its normal... Baby changes mood every month..