A 3 Month Old Feeding Schedule for Baby

by | Oct 23, 2020

Congrats! You’re finally out of the newborn stage and hopefully things are getting a bit easier by now! At this point, you may not have your baby on a set schedule, but you’ve established some daily routines and gotten to know each other pretty well.

It takes some time for every parent to get to know their baby’s feeding pattern. The best way to achieve this is to spend quality time playing, snuggling, and of course, feeding your baby. Spending time with your little one will help you to establish a routine of how your baby will sleep, eat, and play.

How Is My 3 Month Old Sleeping?

Use this 3 month old feeding schedule to get your baby on a daily routine for eating and sleeping consistently morning and night.

There are significant differences between the sleep habits of a newborn and your now-3 month old.

This is the point when most babies are capable of dropping their late-evening feeding and begin sleeping 10-12 hours at night. Although sleeping that long of a stretch sounds like a dream, it’s definitely not true for all babies, however it is possible!

This 10-12 hours of sleep may be interrupted by 1-2 feedings for some infants, while some may be able to stretch their sleep through that whole period.

They will still continue to have 4-5 naps throughout the day, with some being a quick 30 minute cat nap and others having longer 1.5 – 2 hour stretches. Baby’s waketimes are also significantly longer now (1-2 hours) so be sure to fill this time with stimulating activities for your baby.

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Feeding Your 3 Month Old Baby

When it comes to feeding your 3-month old baby, you’ll notice that he or she will be consuming a lot more in one session compared to the first time you brought him or her home. As your baby grows, their appetite will increase as well.

You may also realize that your 3-month old baby can feed more frequently during the day time, which results in minimizing night feedings.

When they drop their late evening feeding, their feed-wake-sleep cycles are reduced to six. Try to keep the first-morning feeding at the same time and the last evening feeding will come around 10-12 hours before that first-morning feeding.

When you are creating a 3 month old feeding schedule for a breastfed baby, you should be aware that:

  • A breastfed baby must feed at least six or more times within 24 hours.
  • Formula fed babies need 2 1/2 ounces formula for each pound of weight (approx. 20-30 ounces)

A 3-month old baby is too young for solid food, so their primary source of nutrition will continue to be from breastmilk or formula at this point. There are myths circulating that solid foods will help your baby sleep young, but don’t believe that. A 3 month old baby will not gain any nutrition from solids and it will not help them sleep any better.

Water is also not a significant source of nutrition and should not be given until baby is eating solids.

I’d suggest that you try to always start and end your day with a feeding at the same time. You can then fit the remaining 4 feedings in between those in any schedule that you wish, not exceeding 3.5 hours between feedings.

Keep in mind that they’ll only be able to stay awake for about 1 to 2 hours before they need to sleep again. They may take up to 5 naps throughout the day in between these feedings.

Breastfed babies

Use this 3 month old feeding schedule to get your baby on a daily routine for eating and sleeping consistently morning and night.

Breast milk is very easy to digest which gives your baby the need to feed more frequently. As mentioned above, a 3 month old baby will feed every 2.5 to 3 hours, which results in about six or more times per day.

Your baby may not be feeding as long on the breast during each nursing session and that is fine. They are getting more efficient at suckling and it takes them much less time to consume more than they did before.

A healthy breastfed baby will show signs like a big suck and swallow at the breast. If your baby is producing a sufficient amount of wet and dirty diapers, and having a typical amount of weight gain, that’s the best indicator that they are eating enough.

If you’re unable to breastfeed or choose not to, there are a lot of solutions besides just formula.

3 Month Old Sample Feeding Schedule For Breastfed Babies

5 Feedings

1. Early Morning: 6:30-7:00 a.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

2. Late-morning: 10:30 a.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

3. Afternoon: 2:30 p.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

5. Evening: 6:00 p.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

5. Bedtime: 9:30 p.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Down for the night

Personalize the times to fit you and your baby’s needs. Your baby may continue to need a dream feed late at night (around 11pm) and could still be waking in the middle of the night to feed as well, resulting in more feedings and milk consumption.

If your baby wakes to feed in the middle of the night, don’t take away a feeding during the day. You should still keep the daytime routine and schedule as consistent as possible.

Each baby is different and only you as the parent will understand your baby better than anyone. Therefore, you may not want to skip to the next stage until you are comfortable. 

Formula-fed babies

Use this 3 month old feeding schedule to get your baby on a daily routine for eating and sleeping consistently morning and night.

It is much easier to tell how much milk your baby is consuming from a bottle rather than from the breast. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a 3 month old should take about 2 1/2 ounces of formula for each pound of weight (approx. 20-30 ounces) throughout the entire day.

This will be split up into around 5 feedings a day (every 4 hours), averaging anywhere from 4-6 ounces per feeding. Infants tend to consume more formula during each feeding and throughout the day because it takes a longer time to digest.

3 Month Old Feeding Schedule for Formula-Fed Babies

5 Feedings

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

2. Mid-morning: 9:30 a.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

3. Noontime: 12:30 p.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

4. Mid-afternoon: 3:30 p.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

5. Late Afternoon: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime: 50-90 minutes
  3. Down for a nap

6. Evening: 8:30-9:00 p.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Down for the night

If you should have any concern in regard to your baby’s intake or whether your baby is feeding effectively, the best indication is the amount of wet and dirty diapers. On average, a 3 month old baby should have a wet or dirty diaper at least 4 or 5 times a day.

Another good indication that your baby feeds appropriately is steady weight gain following along with their own individual growth chart.

I hope you can use this sample 3 month old feeding schedule to give your baby a consistent daily routine.

For more helpful tips, check out 8 Rules You Must Follow for the Best Newborn Sleep

Use this 3 month old feeding schedule to get your baby on a daily routine for eating and sleeping consistently morning and night.

Hi I’m Marissa!

A mom of two little ones, here to provide some relatable experiences, tips, and tricks to the joys and challenges of pregnancy and childbirth through raising babies and toddlers.  Read more about me here.