10 Month Old Baby Schedule

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10 Month Old Baby Schedule


This article outlines the average 10 month old baby schedule, including feedings, solids, naps and night sleep.

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10 month old’s sleep

At this age, most 10 month olds can sleep through the night, without a feeding, and take two naps for a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours per day plus 11-12 hours at night. A very small percentage transition to one nap as early as 10 months, but not many, so assume 2 naps unless you are certain. Most babies get very very overtired and sleep can spiral out of control, so I always recommend keeping two naps as long as possible as the average age to transition to one nap is 15-18 months. If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your baby nap.

Although many babies can go all night without a single feeding, in my experience, some do better with one feeding after 4 or 5 a.m. and sleep longer than not feed and get an early wake-time. I would need to know your specific situation to make a recommendation, but just recognize that all babies are different. By this age I would not expect more than 1 feeding, typically, if any at all. I would recommend at least an attempt at night-weaning because it is a chicken and egg problem. It’s hard to encourage more eating during the day when he is eating at night and it’s hard to discourage eating at night when he isn’t eating more during the day.

All babies vary, but here are some rough schedules you can use to make your own for your unique baby. I should warn you that I am in the camp that breast milk or formula should be the primary nutrition for the first year and solids come secondary. Below are the amounts we recommend. For more information on starting your baby on solid food, visit our sister site, Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods. It includes recommendations about how and when to start solids, as well as helpful information on food allergies, recommended products, baby-friendly recipes, and more.

Note: At 10 months, sometimes you notice a sharp increase in appetite (no doubt partially due to activity levels with crawling and possibly cruising), so what’s different about the 9 month schedule is the addition of another snack, some of the serving sizes and the # of servings.

Amounts per day:

• At least 3-4 nursing sessions per day or 24-32 ounces formula or combination of both
• No more than 6-8 oz of water or juice (to ensure they drink enough breast milk or formula)
• 2 servings (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons dry) baby cereal
• 2 servings grain (1 serving = 1/2 slice bread, 2 crackers, 1/2 cup Cheerios, or 1/2 cup whole grain pasta)
• 2 servings fruit (1 serving = 3-4 Tablespoons)
• 2-3 servings vegetable (1 serving = 3-4 Tablespoons)
• 2-3 servings protein (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)
• 1 serving Dairy (1 serving = 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/3 cup cottage cheese or 1 oz grated cheese)
• You can also offer cooked egg yolk (but no egg whites until 1 year old due to allergens)

The first schedule is what I call a “staggered” approach. My first son did better nursing fully and then having solids a bit in between nursing sessions. He was a little hungry but not famished. He just didn’t do well with stopping nursing mid-way to eat solids.


Sample 10 month old schedule

7:00 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
9:00 – Breakfast
10:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
11:00 – Breast milk or Formula plus snack
1:00 – Lunch
2:00 – Early Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:00 – Breast milk or Formula plus snack
5:00 – Dinner
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

If your baby doesn’t mind a more “consolidated” approach to eating, like my second son, here is another type of schedule:

Schedule 2

7:00 – Wake
7:15 – Breakfast plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
9:15 – Snack
10:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
12:00 – Lunch plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
2:00 – Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:30 – Snack
5:00 – Dinner plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Small BM/Formula feeding (possibly) and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

Note: When giving any feedings during your bedtime routine, be careful not to create sleep associations, which we saw become important at 4 months old.

 

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What is your 10-month old’s schedule?

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  1. Christine says:

    Im looking for ADVICe here as well, but i wanted to comment on what Melissa is saying………..My son who is 10mo was doing the same thing your daughter is doing. waking up 2-5 time a night to nurse. What we did is…….. When he would wake up my husband (who baby knows he wont be getting a boob from) would go in lay him back down (he would stand at the crib side and cry) tell him “its sleepy time go back to sleep”(we try to keep what we tell him at night simple, to the point and the same so eventually he gets the point) and he would go back to sleep with very little fussing. If he was to get back up we would jsut repeat the above. it took about 3 weeks for him to totally sleep through but he is now and its WONDERFUL!!!

    My HELP is for my 10mo son, i cant seem to get him to nap longer then 20min, hes up between 6-7 in the am he usually goes down for a nap at 9:30 but he will only sleep for 20 min, its so frustrating, i can prity much watch the clock and when 20min is up know i will hear him. its the same deal in the pm he goes down for a nap at 2 and the same deal, 20min and hes up. Im so frustrated!! i not only get no time for myself hes normally a fuss pot for about 1hr after he gets up. i have tried just letting him cry or going in and laying him back down but neither really work. occasionallt he will fall back asleep after i lay him back down but only for 20min. any thought??

  2. Sade says:

    I am having a hard time getting my son to #1 sleep in his own bed and #2 I have to lay down with him and not let him move for him to go to sleep… He can be sleepy but will fight it to the T. Now once he falls asleep and I try and put him in his bed he wakes up. Can you help or should I see his doctor. he takes 2 naps a day, and drinks 30 oz of formula and on stage 3 foods. Im not sure want to do at this point cause I dont get much sleep. He will be 10months on the 8th of april

  3. Sade says:

    sorry forgot to add he will be 10months on the 8th of april

  4. Debbye says:

    @ Christine- Great advice on the night sleeping! AS for naps, sometimes they are much trickier. It sounds as if you have been working on getting him to sleep longer, but I would recommend choosing a “sleep training” method and sticking to it for 2 weeks straight before deciding if it is helping. Good luck!!

    @ Sade- Some babies do fight sleep, even when they desperately need it! Have you tried sitting with him and comforting him while he is in his crib? It is not quite laying down with him, but he will know that you are there for him. He may have a sleep association related to you holding him still as he falls asleep, and it may be time to help him learn to fall asleep without so much of your help. With consistency you can help him learn that this is okay, and he CAN sleep on his own.

  5. Brittany says:

    Hello

    I am having a lot of problems with my 10 1/2 month old. he has never slept through the night and typically wakes up every 3-4 hours. Its so hard because for a while i was working 40 hours a week so his dad would watch him or one of his grandmas so he never really got on a schedule. I started feeding him fruit in the morning and a little something at lunch and then a veggie for dinner plus his bottles and that never helped. i dont know what to do any more, everytime he wakes up i will try to let him cry himself back to sleep but he just cries harder. he always takes a bottle thru the night and im trying to break him of that habit. i need him to start sleeping thru the night because im exhausted. it gets stressful because people say they dont understand how i can be so exhausted from it but i have basically been doing everything my self since he was born. i have a schedule written out for him and tried it for the first time tonight and he woke up crying and his dad was going to need to wake up for work in 2 hours so i gave in and gave him a bottle so my boyfriend would sleep but how else am i supposed to make this routine work if my boyfriend complains every night that i need to give him a bottle. some one please help me!

  6. Debbye says:

    Hi Brittany,
    I am sorry that you are having such a hard time, and can personally relate.
    Kudos to you for making a schedule, and be sure that once you can start it, stick with it for at least a solid week.
    As for your problems implementing the schedule, maybe your boyfriend can move to another room for a few nights while you and your son work through the new schedule? And maybe earplugs too? You can also start the plan at a time when he does not have to work for a couple of days? The first days getting used to a new schedule are the roughest. Many families find that having Dad go to the baby in the night really helps him/her learn the new routine of not eating. Maybe he can help you out with it…
    Good luck, and hope the new schedule/plan goes smoothly!

  7. Izabela says:

    Hi!
    My daughter is 10 months old and she has never slept thru the night. We are exhausted! She use to wake up 2 times a night, but now that I started giving her formula mixed with cereal she wakes up only once (sometime between 12-2 am).

    Schedule:
    6:30 am wake & formula (4oz)
    7:30 am yogurt or cereal
    9:30 am nap (about 2 hours)
    11:30 am wake & formula (4oz)
    1:30 pm yogurt juice (4oz)
    3:30 pm formula (4oz)
    5:30 pm dinner + fruit (1 1/2 of container combined)
    7:15 pm bath
    7:45 pm formula with cereal (4oz)
    8 pm sleep
    between 12 am-2 am formula with cereal (4oz) – she usually has a difficult time falling asleep, her bed or even our bed doesn’t make a difference, so I guess it is not because she feels lonely.

    A month ago when we started mixing the bedtime bottle with cereal she stopped waking up the second time, it use to be at 4-5 am.

    Could this be because she only eats 4 oz at a time? Shouldn’t she be eating 6-8 oz by now? We started introducing solids when she was 6 months old and she loved it! But, now, for the past month or two it has been very difficult to have her eat solids, she prefers a bottle.

    What can we do????????? What are we doing wrong???????

  8. Izabela says:

    I forgot to mention that she usually naps between 1:30-3:30 for about 1 hour

  9. Debbye says:

    Hi Izabela-
    Sometimes a snack right before bedtime can help babies sleep longer IF they’re waking from hunger. Try a snack before bed, although she sounds picky, give her a high protein snack that she enjoys, like yogurt and cereal or crackers and cheese…
    Have you tried some sleep training to stop the midnight waking? She may not be hungry but just used to getting that bottle….

    Good luck!!!

  10. Deepa says:

    Hi!
    My boy is soon gonna be 10 months old . he was sleeping peacefully through the night but lately for the past 4-5 days he gets up in the middle of the night and cries for 2 hrs before going back to sleep. His schedule is:-
    9.00 am- 4 ounces of formula
    10.00 am- 1 slice of french toast
    10.40 a.m- 2 ounces of formula

    sleeps for half an hour

    11.30 a.m- 2 ounces of formula
    1.00 a.m- oats and apple

    sleeps for one hour

    3.00 p.m – 2 ounces of formula
    sometimes sleeps back for an hour

    5.00 p.m- 5 ounces of formula
    6.30 p.m- banana, orange and more seasonal fruit
    9.00 p.m- dinner ( steamed rice with veggies)

    sleeps by 10.00 pm. wakes up in the middle of the night:( and is cranky for 2 hrs before getting back to sleep

    Please advise.

  11. Harvey says:

    Hi

    Please could I get some advice? My 10 month old daughter’s routine if you can can it that, has changed much over the past few months but now it has settled into something along the lines of the following-

    Wakes between 6-7 (noisy house and also it really depends on how much sleep she had the day before)

    Short time after waking she has small amount of milk, around 3ozs to take the edge off I think

    Has breakfast- porridge usually – at 9ish

    A further milk feed (about 3-4 ozs) before morning nap around 11ish

    She sleeps around 1.5 hours

    Lunch – jar of solids – is around 2ish

    Snacks, such as fruit or small milk feed around 4

    Late afternoon nap at 4.30ish – recently taken to sleeping 1.5-2hours

    Wakes then dinner at 7-7.30

    Milk before bedtime around 4ozs but not always wanted

    Bedtime is anything from 9-10.30pm.

    She has always been a late sleeper and 9pm for her I feel is a reasonable bedtime provided she does not nap too late and too long. Problem is that her grandmother looks after her at home whilst I am at work and she has got baby into the mutually convenient little habit of sleeping up to 4 hours in the day, so she can get on with her housework in peace!! Baby not having been a big sleeper ever, this is too much for her I know. Is this leading to the late bedtime?

    Please advise!! Many thanks x

  12. Rani says:

    Hi iam rani i have 10 months old baby girl

    Her Schedule is

    7AM – wake up
    7:15 – breakfast or Bottel milk 2oz
    8.15 – Break fast (Fruit) and Bath
    9.30 – Bottel milk 4oz
    10-11 – Sleep
    12PM–lunch–yogurt+Rice
    1:30 – Bottel milk 4oz
    2:00-3:30 – nap 2
    4:00 – Small snack(Fruits)
    5:30 – Bottle Milk 2 oz.
    7:00PM – Dinner & Bath
    9 – Sleep time + milk 3 or 4 oz

    But there is a one problem she sleeps at 9pm and she woke up at 9.40 pm immidiatly and she plays 1hr and she sleeps at 10:30 pm again i try to stop that one but she cannot stop playing and shouting in night time .

    1.Do i want to change Schedule ?
    2.how to control baby’s shouting and playing at night?

    i want she sleeps at 8pm but how i can do that one
    3.how to increase her sleeping hours at night time?

    she allways shouts very loudly
    4.how to cotrol her shoutings?

    Please advise me
    Many thanks

  13. Debbye says:

    @ Deepa- Your son’s night waking could be because of his age, concerning some developmental milestones? Here is an article that you may find of interest: http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/8-9-10-month-old-baby-sleep-regression/
    My other suggestions would be to try and move his bedtime earlier. His night waking may be because he is overtired and his schedule needs a bit of tweaking. Try to put him to bed 15 minutes earlier each night until he is asleep much earlier. You want to try and have him asleep after no more than 4 hours of being awake.
    Good luck!!!

    @ Harvey- Thanks for sharing your schedule! It is quite possible that your daughter’s nap is too late in the afternoon, and if she is sleeping 4+ hours at a time then yes, this can be causing her to simply not be tired until 10:00 at night. If you feel comfortable talking to her grandmother, ask her to try and have naptime a bit earlier or ask nicely to wake her by 4-5?
    Best of luck!

    @ Rani- I think shifting her schedule may help the night wakings and shouting and playing! Many times extended periods of wakefulness in the night are an indicator that the schedule needs to change. At her age, try to have her go to sleep no longer than 4 hours after her last nap. You can do this gently by putting her to bed 15 minutes earlier every night until you are at the 8:00 goal. It may be difficult at first, but stick with it for 1-2 weeks before judging the progress.
    Best wishes!!!

  14. Tiz says:

    My little guy has been on this schedule roughly since he was 7 months and was eating more than twice a day. We have just increased the quantity of food as he has needed and eliminated a 3rd nap at 8.5 months.

    6:45-7:00 – wakes, breastfed
    7:45-8:00 – breakfast (cereal, fruit, some crumbs of Mommy’s toast)
    9:00 – nap (usually until 1030 or 11)
    11:00 – breastfed
    11:45- 12:00 – lunch (veggies, protein, some grain)
    1:00 – nap (varies between 1-1.5hr, but never more than 2hrs) If this second nap gets pushed later in the day due to other circumstances, I make sure he wakes before 4, or he doesn’t want to go to bed at night.
    3:00 – breastfed
    4:00 – snack (rice cookie, full fruit serving)
    5:30 – dinner (veggie, protein, cereal or full grain serving)
    6:40 – naked time (he loves it and it helps get the last bit of crazy energy out of him, diaper on of course), bath time etc
    7:00 – bottle (3-4ounces)
    7:15 – in crib, usually asleep no later than 7:30

    Sometimes he wakes in the middle of the night, but we have a video monitor and don’t go to him. He’s not a screamer, so we find after babbling to himself for a while, he’s fine and is asleep soon again.

  15. Ashleigh says:

    My almost 10 month old has just recently become a bit of a terror throughout the day and I think it may have to do with sleep. He has a very difficult time going down for naps and is cranky and clingy (does NOT like to be put down) in between play time, eating and napping. This is his schedule:

    6am: Wake + 5-6 oz formula
    7:30am: Breakfast
    9am: Snack + 3-4 oz formula
    10-11am: nap (30-45 mins)
    12pm: Lunch
    2pm: Snack + 3-4 oz formula
    2:30-3pm: nap (45 mins-1 hour)
    4:30pm: 3-4 oz formula
    6:30pm: Dinner
    7:00pm: Bath
    7:30pm: Stories, 5-6 oz formula and bed

    The 7:30 bedtime is when things get crazy. He finishes the bottle and then wants to play/be awake but he’s visibly very tired. I will lay with him in bed while he rolls around and fusses, and sometimes will attempt to rock him (which used to work like a charm a couple weeks ago) but he wants to play and refuses to lay his head down. We go back and forth from the bed to rocking and eventually he will fall asleep and I put him in his crib. He wakes once a night, usually around 2 or 3 am and goes back to sleep with 4-5 oz of formula. Lately though at the 2-3am feeding he will take the bottle and then fuss and roll around before eventually falling asleep again. This has been going on for about a week now and I know he’s in pain at times from teething, but I refuse to give him tylenol every night since he sleeps fine from about 8pm to 2-3am every night. It’s just the getting to sleep and the daytime drama that’s becoming more difficult. Maybe I should see what happens in another week, but he seems like a completely different baby lately! Thanks for any advice… =)

  16. Debbye says:

    @ Tiz- Thanks for sharing your schedule! it looks great!

    @ Ashleigh- Many babies have a hard time with sleep at your son’s age. Have you read Nicole’s article about the 8,9 or 10 month sleep regression? Here is the link: http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/8-9-10-month-old-baby-sleep-regression/
    It sounds like your son may be over tired too. You can try to get the time in between sleep shorter, shooting for 3 hours of awake time. This may mean an earlier bedtime too, and earlier naps, but should help. Otherwise, try not to introduce any bad sleeping habits that you will have to break later, and it is possible for things to smooth out on their own.
    Good luck!!!

  17. Lisa says:

    My ten month (and one week) is up at 5.30am! She used to wake between 6.30 and 7am. Her routine has not changed.

    5.30 wake (used to be 6.30/7am) I give her a pacifier and she may fall back asleep. I refuse to pick her up at this time. She us quiet and I tend to go into her room at 7 and start our day.
    7.00am out if bed, nurse
    8.00am breakfast
    9.30am nap (an hour/hour and a half)
    11am wake, water, rice cracker
    12pm lunch
    1.30pm nap (an hour/hour an a half)
    3.00pm (water or small amount of full cream milk in sippy cup or yoghurt)
    5.30pm dinner
    6.15pm bath
    6.44pm nurse, read books
    7/7.15pm bed

    She has not been eating solids very well – maybe half if normal intake. Maybe teething or upset tummy.

    How do I get her to not wake so early?

  18. Amanda Brown says:

    My daughter will be 10 months old tomorrow and she is NOT on a schedule like this at all! She usually wakes up around 8, sometimes 30 minutes earlier or later. She immediately has her bottle of formula (8 ounces) and then some baby food. She will usually stay up for about two hours and then go back down for a 1 1/2-2 hour nap. Then she wakes up and has another 8 ounce bottle and some snacks. Then she stays up for about 2-3 hours and then takes an 1 1/2 nap again. After that she has another bottle, then stays up for about 3 hours and goes to bed and sleeps all night long. Sometimes I give her another bottle before bed if she’s been up about 4 hours. She eats baby food sporadically throughout the day, but her bottles are pretty continuously around the same time. Is she sleeping TOO much? She loves her naps and going to bed so I never mind putting her down in her crib, but now I’m a little worried that she may be sleeping too much. Our older daughter sleeps through the night and takes a 2 hour nap daily, but she’s almost 3. I’m just hoping that I’m not missing something. Please help ease my mind!

  19. Debbye says:

    @ Lisa- This age can be a hard one for baby sleep, as there are so many things going on! Often the difficulties are from developmental changes, and smooth themselves out after they get that tooth, master that skill or etc.
    You daughter looks to be taking good naps, and getting good solid sleep at night, but you may want to nix going in and giving her a pacifier in the early morning. That may be enough for her to wake up for. If your daughter’s early waking persists, you can try and shift her schedule forward. Shift everything in her day
    (meals, naps, bedtime, bath, everything) forward by 15 minutes a day until a more desired bedtime and wake time. This may take some time, and she may become overtired at first. Keep with it and do not let her make up for the lost 15 minutes by napping longer or going to bed earlier. You want her to learn to make up that time in the morning.

    Good luck!

    @ Amanda Brown-
    Every baby is different, and sleep needs are different too. At her age, the average baby should get about 11-12 hours of sleep at night, and 2-3 hours during the day in 1-2 naps. There are many babies that are on the high end of sleep needs, and your baby may be one of them! Please do talk to your doctor though, if you are concerned about your daughter sleeping too much and it affecting her development.
    Good luck!

  20. Kelly says:

    My 10 month old sleeps (mostly) through the night from around 7:30ish until either 5:30ish or 6:10ish, more often closer to 5:30. The 6:10 wake up is usually on the back of a day out to an activity centre where he has tired himself out!! He has always been a 40 minute sleep cycle boy, so the later mornings are only ever one extra sleep cycle. The only time he sleeps until anywhere near 7am is on the back of a bad night with lots of night wakings. So average night sleep is 10 hours (15 sleep cycles), and 16 sleep cycles perhaps if we are lucky and have really tired him out. He takes a morning nap at 9ish, which is often either 1hr 20 or 2 hrs (2 or 3 sleep cycles), and often does the same length afternoon nap at around 2pm. I tend to wake him by 4 or shortly after to keep a consistent bedtime. Even on the days when he wakes a little later in the morning he still seems to want his morning nap at pretty much the same time.

    We do not reward early waking with early breakfast, breakfast is normally at 6:30 and we often leave him to babble to himself in his cot in the mornings, although he is gradually babbling to himself for less and less time before crying out to be picked up. He never goes back to sleep once he starts chatting. He has often had an early morning poo while babbling. We set an alarm for 6:15 (when we go to get him) in the hopes that this will create an association of some sort and he will learn to sleep until it goes off, but no joy there yet!

    I am a little worried that he never sleeps much more than 10 – 10.5 hours at night, or is this very normal for his age? How can I get him to sleep 11 – 12 hours, or is it possible he has less than average sleep needs? I find the 5:30 wake ups a chore, but am reluctant to push bedtime any later as he would just get grumpy and risk him being too overtired to settle well. Is there any real solution to early waking, do babies eventually outgrow it? Will the eventual drop to one nap make any difference, or when he starts to walk (currently just crawls) will he be more tired? I know this is hardly the worst complaint to have, and I am lucky he often sleeps through, however it would be nice to wake at a slightly more sociable hour, as I can’t sleep through his babbling! Thanks