Understanding baby sleep: Two to three-month-olds
Parents’ guide to sleep for two to three-month-old
Adoringly your little one is becoming more alert - and nosey - but this can affect their sleep. There are so many distractions when they are getting to grips with your surroundings, that naps can get shorter and more unpredictable and although those people that will tell you that their child slept through at 8 weeks, will become increasingly annoying yet you can be sure that if they did they are the exception than the rule.
Your baby’s sleep patterns are evolving at two to three months just like their personality. At this stage they’ll probably sleep for 15-16 hours a day but you may find they don’t want to do it at night-time!
You may find that your baby has a growth spurt at this stage as well which can affect their sleep. They may be extra sleepy or require extra feeds.
How can you encourage a two-month-old to sleep
1. Consistency and calmness at bedtime
Bath, feed, lullaby (or story, they’re never too young!) and bed. Baby will soon learn that one follows the other.
2. Avoid them becoming overtired
Log their naps and watch out for the signs that they are overtired.
3. Get plenty of fresh air during the day
Being out and about will help both of you feel more sleepy later on.
4. Try putting your baby to bed drowsy but awake for a nap
5. Above all, don’t expect too much
Babies of this age are supposed to wake at night for feeds - no matter what well-meaning family and friends might tell you.
By three months, you may start to notice some regularity to your little one’s sleep - longer awake time during the day and, hopefully, longer sleep at night-time. But it’s all a work in progress, so don’t rush it. But perhaps keep a record of it to help you understand what seems to work for them.