8 Month Old Baby Schedule

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8 Month Old Baby Schedule

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This article outlines the average 8 month old baby schedule, including feedings, solids, naps and night sleep.

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8 month old’s sleep

At this age, many 8 month olds can sleep through the night, without a feeding, but some won’t and will continue to need 1-2 feedings up through 9+ months old. And, 8 month old babies take 2-3 naps daily for a total of 2-3 hours per day plus 11-12 hours at night. If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your baby nap.

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.

The amount of food at 8 months is very similar to the 7 month baby schedule, but you will most likely go to 3 small meals per day, rather than just 2.

Amounts per day:

• At least 5 nursing sessions per day or 26-32 ounces formula or combination
• No more than 2-4 oz of water or juice (to ensure they drink enough breast milk or formula)
• 2-3 servings baby cereal or grains (1 serving cereal = 1-2 Tablespoons dry and grains include Cheerios, 2 crackers, etc.)
• 2 servings fruit (1 serving = 2-3 Tablespoons)
• 2-3 servings vegetable (1 serving = 2-3 Tablespoons)
• 1-2 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 with a full feeding and then having solids a bit in between. He was a little hungry but not famished. He just didn’t do well with stopping nursing or his bottle mid-way to eat solids.


Sample 8 month old schedule

If your baby has already transitioned to just 2 naps, please see the 9 month old baby schedule for a sample schedule.

Schedule 1

7:00 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
8:15 – Breakfast
9:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
10:00 – Breast milk or Formula
11:00 – Lunch
12:30 – Breast milk or Formula
1:00 – Early Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
2:00 – Breast milk or Formula
4:00 – Optional Catnap (30-45 minutes)
4:30 or 5:00 – Dinner
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

+Plus possibly 1 nighttime feeding

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 or Formula feeding
9:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
10:00 – Breast milk or Formula
11:00 – Lunch
12:30 – Breast milk or Formula
1:00 – Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:00 – Breast milk or Formula
5:30 – Dinner plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula

+Plus possibly 1 nighttime feeding

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 8 month old baby’s schedule?

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  1. Corrine says:

    Sorry, #1 was a silly question, it’s just that I’m trying to figure out how to get all 24oz during the daytime. If my son doesn’t drink much during the “liquid” feeding, I give him a bottle anyway during the scheduled solid feeding time to see if he will drink some more (but lately I’ve given this up, he just doesn’t seem interested in the bottle). Any advice??

  2. Lindie says:

    Steff – I also had and slowly overcame it. Do you use a paci? It’s important to implement a bed/naptime routine and not budge. I normally start with reading a book, a cuddle and a nurse. This is long, but please take your time to read it. I hope it works for you.

    Here is what we did to break the nursing to sleep habit:

    1) I began taking my son into bed with me and nursing him to sleep there. I started with naps and still nursing him to sleep in my arms at bedtime ( so I could put him in his cot once asleep).

    2) Once he was used to that I began nursing him still in bed next to me and I would break the latch just as he was falling asleep and put the paci in his mouth. Sometimes I would need to stroke his forehead and pat his bum to get him to drop off to sleep.

    3) Once he was used to that I would break off nursing just as he was getting drowsy (but still awake) and put the paci in. Sometimes he’d fall straight asleep and other times I would need to pat him/stroke his forehead. If he resisted and got agitated I would shush and pat him then only nurse him to calm down and put the paci back in once relaxed.

    4) Once he was comfortable falling asleep sucking on the paci next to me I moved onto only nursing in the lounge room (where I normally nurse him) and then finishing before he got too sleepy by placing the paci in his mouth. I would then cuddle him until he was very, very relaxed and not fidgeting.

    Sometimes I will read a book and not focus or look at him. He will just stare at me and become relaxed. I would them move him to his cot and pat him to sleep. After doing this a few times he would occasionally fall asleep as soon as he hit the pillow.

    If he would become agitated in the cot and I had exhausted all attempt to settle I would immediately move him to my bed and try patting him there and failing that I would nurse until sleepy and then let him suck his paci to sleep.

    5) Very quickly he took to falling asleep in the cot and now virtually every time I put him in his cot he is literally asleep as his head hits the pillow. I still have to take a minimum of 10-20 minutes from start to finish of his nap/bedtime routine, but the key is to make sure he is settled and ready for sleep (and still awake!) before moving him.

    Through doing all these steps I have come to realise that I have taught my son that sleep is a safe and happy state to enter. I taught this without crying it out or any harsh techniques.

    Being that he is a baby and vulnerable, I still occasionally need to pat him all the way to sleep, maybe 1 night out of 10 if that – and very, very occasionally do I still nurse him to sleep, but given that it rarely happens I quite enjoy doing it.

    Phew – did you get through my book?

    Anyway, as for the night sleeping that is something I’m working on. On a good night he’ll sleep a 4-5 hr stretch and wake every 2-3 hrs after that. I’ve started cutting one night feeding out at a time and I am to get down to 1 night feeding between 11pm and 6am.

    Babies that wake frequently at night for a reason – it is a survival technique. They are too young to realise that they live in a safe environment. They wake and cry instinctively to alert their parents to check on their wellbeing. This goes back to days of old when there was a real threat of being eaten by predators etc.

    As nursing mothers, we’re hardwired to respond to those frequent wakings too – this is why we produce more milk overnight than through waking hours. So through those restless nights of constant wakings just take comfort in the fact that you’re both doing what you’re hardwired to do. Most nursing mothers wake at least twice in the night to feed.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Kimberly says:

    @Lily- It sounds like your daughter has quite learned how to fall asleep on her own and now relies on rocking, stroller or some other movement as her cue to be able to sleep. I think you could really benefit from one on one consulting with Nicole so she can come up a with plan specific to your situation and which takes into consideration your daughter’s reflux and temperament. You can find out more about those services here: http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
    @Steff- I think Lindie has given you some great advice. Hopefully things have gotten better for you lately.
    @Corrine- You might try giving him a bottle right when he wakes, then breakfast at around 7. And then a bottle again after he wakes up from his first nap but before lunch. As far as 9 am nap, that would really depend on what sleep cues he’s giving you. If he’s waking up at around 6-6:30 am, then an 8:30 am nap seems like a good time. If you wait too long then he might get overtired which may be part of what’s contributing to the short naps.

  4. Emma says:

    I have an 8 month old son and he goes to sleep at &pm every single night and he has a “dream feed” at about 10.30 every night and sleeps until 7am every morning. when he wakes he has a bottle and then he has cereal and yoghurt at *am he has a morning nap every single day at 9 am until atleast 11am when he wakes he has a bottle and lunch at approx 12/ 12.15 every day which is normally vegetables and fruit he has a sleep every afternoon at about 1.30pm for 2 hours a bottle when he wakes and then dinner at 5pm which is generally meat and veges followed by fruit custard at 5.30 / 5.45 he has his bath time and then we have cuddles until 630 when he has a bottle and he gets put in his cot at 655pm and is asleep by 7pm this routine works perfectly for us although if he sleeps past 7am his afternoon nap generally isnt as long and hes grumpy at 6.30pm. he is currently teething again and is constantly awake during the night needing to be tucked in but no feeding! i used the rountine by the baby whisperer “tizzy hall”…

  5. Jessica says:

    Hello, I have a 7 month old daughter and a 3 year old son. My son’s nightime sleep was wonderful – 7pm-7am. But my 7 month old goes to sleep at night around 8:30pm and then usually wakes between 3:30 and 4am. Sometimes I try and put her pacifier back in her mouth when she wakes up. That used to work but now I am finding she will cry about 10-15 minutes later. To me, that says she wants to be fed, so I will nurse her. Then she will sleep until 8am, sometimes 9 or even 9:30am. I know this is not too terrible, but I really want her to be able to sleep through MY night :) and skip the 3:30 or 4am waking. I am not sure what to do. When I feed her during the night I always put her in the bed with me so I don’t wake up too much (and put her back in her bed when she is done. Her bed is still in our bedroom since we currently live in a 2 bedroom condo and our son occupies the other room). Do you have any suggestions on how to get her to skip the 4am waking? She usually naps about an hour about 2-3 hours after she wakes up and then has a longer nap in the afternoon (approx 2 hours). Also sometimes a catnap around 5 or 6. I have tried the CIO method but maybe not consistently enough. Or do you think this is more related to needing extra food? Or possibly just attachment anxiety? I will add that she slept from 10pm all the way to 8am for the first 3 months of life and then suddenly started waking up in the night at 4 months. Thank you!

  6. Kris says:

    I have a 8 month old son. He does not nap very long and he wakes up 2 times during the night. He has never taken longer than 30 min naps.

    Lately when I put him down for his nap he just stands in his crib and plays then later cries. Should I lay him down when he is standing or just leave him be? Currently he won’t fall asleep on him own. I leave him there for 45 min max and then he will fall asleep when he eats his milk.

    Should I wake him up at a set time every morning?

    At night I have tried to let him cry it out checking on him every 5 minutes for 45 min max. I did this for 2 weeks and did not have success. It just wore me out. If I feed him milk he eats and goes to sleep.

    Here is our current schedule. Please give me a recommendation to help improve his sleep. Ultimately I would like him to nap better and I am not sure if I should be feeding him at night.

    6:30am-7:30am wake up and feed right away. First milk then breakfast of cereal.
    8:30-9:30 (2 hours later) – put down for nap
    9:30-10:30 (1 hour later) – milk
    11:30-12:30 – put down for nap
    12:30-1:30 – milk and lunch 4oz solids (vege, meat, dairy, or fruit)
    3:30-4:30 – milk
    6:00 – dinner 4 oz of solids
    6:30 – get ready for bed
    7:00 – milk then bed
    11:00pm wakes up (I feed him milk to get him back to sleep)
    3:00am-5:00am wakes up (I feed him milk to get him back to sleep)

  7. Phil says:

    Hi there

    I have an 8.5 month old daughter, who was born 2 weeks late so seems to be more like a 9 month old developmentally.

    Anyway, she has always slept beautifully at night since dropping the night feed around 3 months of age until recently when teething and colds got in the way.

    We still have teething issues but things are much better. My issues are with her napping and having no schedule.

    Im getting used to working out her tired signals and she’s generally tired within an hour of waking up after her bottle and then again 2 hours after the first nap and then I cant get any other naps for the rest of the day.

    The first nap (an hour after waking) produces anything from a 1 hr to 1.45 nap. The second nap (two hours after first nap) is usually 1.5 to 2 hours.

    Ive tried so hard to give her the afternoon nap between 2 and 3pm and she looks and tells me that she needs it, but then just cant get off to sleep. So I go in and get her up and we go out for a walk and just bring bedtime earlier.

    She’s always been a high sleep needs baby which is fine, but I’ve recently had to bring the bedtime forward to 5.15/5.30pm (from a previous bedtime of 6pm) to combat the overtiredness as some afternoon’s she’s got Awake time of around 5 hours!! She generally wakes up between 6 and 6.30am from what I hear on my monitor!

    I wonder if she’s not sleeping well at night and waking a lot but not calling out for me and self soothing herself back to sleep. This would explain why she’s so tired upon waking in the morning having had 11-12 hours sleep? I think she’s extending her night sleep after her initial wake up bottle?

    I realise that IM clustering all her naps in the morning and she’s getting way too much sleep on top of her night sleep, but that’s the way she naturally wants to play the game!

    Should I go with her and then try to fit in that 3rd nap between 1 and 2pm instead if she’ll take it? And then try to move bedtime back to 6pm again? I personally think she’s trying to ditch the 3rd nap and so perhaps the best thing for me to do is try to increase her A times to move them all forward to help make the afternoon Awake time less.

    The average A time for her age group appears to be 3 hours. There is no way she could do that in the morning, Afternoon yes, but not morning.

    When she is awake she’s very alert, but can fuss a lot soon after coming downstairs and crying that she’s still tired and rubbing her eyes, even after a 1.5 hour nap!!

    Any thoughts for my gorgeous girl would be greatly appreciated!

    x

  8. Kimberly says:

    @Kris- At this age, it’s not uncommon for a baby to still need to feed 1-2 times at night. I would let him wake naturally on his own in the morning. It would appear his body is set to wake up around the same time (within an hour). For naps, I would recommend our ebook, Mastering Naps and Schedules which will help you to come up with a plan for extending his naps and finding just the right schedule that works for him. You can find that book here: http://babynapswell.com

    @Phil- It would seem that her awake time in the afternoon may cause her to be overtired which may also be having a domino effect on why she needs her morning nap so early after waking. Shifting her schedule to move both naps to a bit later would most likely help. It would be a matter of shifting her schedule in just 15 minute increments at a time so that her body can gradually adjust to the change. This is cover more in our ebook, Shifting Schedules which you can find here: http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-waking-too-early/

  9. Kathleen says:

    I am very happ to have found your website! I started my son, who will be 8 months on the 22nd of this month, on the eat/play/sleep schedule every 3 hours. However, we started introducing solids at around 6 months and we have been moving slowly with it.

    The schedule consists of the following:

    3:30 – 4:30 am – early morning nursing / back to sleep
    7:00 am – wake up and nurse
    7:30 am – breakfast (2 tablesppons of cerel with puree fruit)
    9:00 am – down for a morning nap (usually 45 mins to an hour)
    10:00 am – wake up from nap and nurse
    12:00 pm – afternoon nap (about an hour)
    1:00 pm – wake up and nurse
    1:30 pm – lunch (2 tablespoons of cerel with puree fruit or vegetable)
    3:30 pm – late afternoon nap (usually 30 mins)
    4:00 pm – wake up nurse
    5:30 pm – dinner (2 tablespoons of cerel with puree vegetable and we offer 2 oz of water, but he doesn’t drink it).
    6:00 pm – bathtime routine
    7:00 pm – Nurse and then bedtime
    11:00 pm – sometimes wakes for nursing

    The schedule sometimes changes back or forward a 1/2 hour depending on when he wakes up in the morning. We just started the 2nd foods once a day – usually at dinner. We haven’t introduced finger foods or yogurt yet. We are happy with his schedule, but we want to make sure we are transitioning now that he is getting older to the healthiest schedule for him.

    Thanks,
    Kathleen

  10. Kathryn says:

    Im so glad to find this website. My daughter is 8 months old and is still breastfed. I am a working mom so i pump at work. I was wondering about her feeding schedule – I think i just worry too much, but i might feel better if i got some input from you. here is a sample schedule. She is in daycare so it is hard to stagger her food and bottles.

    5:00 – wake and nurse
    5:45 – Breakfast – (2 Tbsp. cereal with pureed fruit)
    9:00 or 930 – 5-6oz bottle and 1 oz. fruit.
    10-1230 – nap
    1245 or 1 – 5-6 oz bottle and 1oz. veggie and 1 oz. fruit
    130-230 nap (sometimes this is only 30 min.)
    430 or 5 – 5-6 oz bottle
    615 – dinner (1oz. protein, 1oz. veggie and 1Tbsp. cereal with fruit)
    7 – nurse and bedtime.
    I offer her water during the day, but she doesn’t drink a lot.

    She sleeps through the night and only wakes up for a diaper change maybe once. I feel very lucky that she sleeps so good at night, but worry about the timing. We have to wake up so early because i have to get her to daycare before commuting in the morning.

  11. Victoria says:

    My 8 month old’s schedule is as follows:
    7am wake and feed (6-8oz formula) followed by play
    8am solids (pureed fruit and cereal)
    9am nap for 1 hour
    10am playtime
    11.30am solids (lunch)
    12pm nap for 2 1/2 hours
    2.30pm wake and play
    3pm feed (6-8oz formula) followed by play
    5pm solids (teatime/snack)
    6.30pm bath time followed by final feed (4oz formula)

    She sleeps through the night and even if she wakes can go back to sleep on her own quite happily. If for any reason she doesn’t nap well in the day, she will take a 30min catnap at 5pm.

  12. Kelley says:

    So, my little boy just turned 8 months old yesterday and oh my have things changed already! The past 4 days, he has decided that he doesn’t want to take his morning nap and will only nap for about 35 minutes in the afternoon. He normally naps pretty decently. His first nap is usually from around 9:30-10:30 and then his afternoon nap is usually from about 2:00ish-2:45ish. We start his bath at 5:30 and he’s usually sound asleep by 6:00 because we have to have him up by 5:45am to get him going for daycare. Lately since he’s been skipping his naps and waking up at 4:20 in the morning and not going back to sleep I’ve been kind of confused on if I should be trying to put him to bed even earlier than what I already am. Over the past weekend he’s started to teeth (can finally see the tip of his first tooth), he’s trying to crawl, pull himself up, and loves to stand and try to walk already. I’m assuming his sleeplessness is due to all the new things he’s trying to learn and his teeth. I’ve started to do his bath at around 5:00-5:15 just because he hasn’t been sleeping much but this is only giving me about 45 minutes a day with him so I’m not sure if I should be going even earlier since he’s been waking up so early in the morning. He just can’t seem to settle down enough to sleep but I’m concerned that he will become overtired. Any thoughts or suggestions?

  13. Michaela says:

    Please help! My little boy is 8 months old in a couple of days. He fights every sleep and nap. We have been on a similar routine to number 1 since I can remember, yet every nap time he screams and kicks and cries until he’s so exhausted he falls asleep. His naps usually last 40-50 mins, and putting him to bed can take up to an hour and a half.
    We have always had 7pm bedtime and the same dinner, bathtime, bedtime routine, so he knows its coming. As soon as I put him near his cot- all hell breaks loose. I ususally try to comfort him, and when he has quietened down leave the room, but then the tears start all over again. It can take 5-6 goes of this before he cries himself to sleep.
    He sleeps ok during the night, usually waking at 3am, but most of the time fairly easy to resettle (we havent done night time feeds for a couple of months). Then up at 7am. Usually 3 naps a day- but sometimes I put him down and he just cries for a hour, so I get him up and he’s grumpy and tired.
    I try to stick to a good routine, but the crying is driving me insane. I just want my son to go to sleep happy. Any advice??

  14. Kimberly says:

    @Kelley- It’s likely that his teething and developmental milestones are contributing to his change in sleep habits. After all, who wants to sleep when you’re getting ready to mobile? Is having the nap troubles at daycare? You might want troubleshoot with them about how they can help extend his naps or help him to get that afternoon nap. Sometimes it helps to talk to them directly about it and let them know you need their help with it. Also, it’s likely he waking earlier from being overtired due to less daytime sleep. An earlier bedtime may not be the answer. Just keep trying to keep him on the same schedule for a couple of week to see if it’s a phase that works itself out after he’s past teething and milestones. Also, you might try making sure he has some Infant Motrin before naps or bedtime to help with any teething pain.

    @Michaela, I would recommend that you check into Nicole’s ebook, Mastering Naps and Schedules for information on how to help him nap better. Once he’s napping better or longer during the day, he will most likely start to go bed easier. When they are overtired that can make bedtime harder for them even though they are tired. You can find out about the ebook here: http://babynapswell.com

  15. Dyan says:

    Hi!

    I have posted on here several times before and had a few questions answered, but I wanted to let you know about what happened recently.

    My son is now 14 months old. At about 8 months we learned quite a bit from this site, especially about his being overtired making his nighttime sleep poor and causing early wakings.

    At about 9 months (crawling) he started to wake at night and would stay up for about 2 hours. He never needed anyone but he had trouble falling back asleep. This lasted until 11 months. I assumed it was the learning to crawl, but it continued after he learned.

    At about 12 months this started up again on and off. He learned to walk at 13 months but he was still waking up every night. I went to a chiropractor for my neck/back and they checked my son for me. His neck was out of alignment. That night he didn’t sleep but for over a week after his adjustment he slept from 8 pm to 8 am. He began to wake up again a week ago and I took him back to the chiro when I went. Another adjustment (neck again) and he is sleeping soundly again.

    I wish I had taken him earlier, just to get checked. It seems to have made a world of difference. Next time, I will wait for the phase to pass, then if it doesn’t I will try the chiro again!

  16. Mary says:

    My 8mo has been sleeping great since she was 3-4mo old and continues to sleep 12hrs at night from 630pm to 630am and transitioned from 3 naps a day to 2naps a day in December. About the same time, she got her 2bottom teeth in and she’s lost her ability to nap! She was napping well both mid morning ( 9-10a) and mid afternoon ( 1-3p). Now, even though her teeth are ” in” & I can’t see any new ones, I can only get her to sleep about 30minutes ( 930-10a & 130p-200p). As a result, she is super cranky in the late afternoons and is dying for sleep around 5pm, but I keep her up until 545pm and then start her bedtime routine. Any suggestions? I was thinking of pushing back her naps to start at 10am & 2pm. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

  17. April says:

    My 8 month old daughter has been sleeping very well since she was 3-4 months old. We have stuck to the same nightly routine and seems to be working well! We start at about 7am. I get her ready and drop her off to the sitter by 7:30. She eats a 5-7 oz bottle and then cereal mixed with fruit. By 9:30-10am she goes down for a nap (about 1-1 1/2 hours). 11:30, she eats another 6 oz bottle and meat/veg. She plays until 1:30-2 and then goes down for another nap. 3:00 takes another 6 oz bottle. 6:30 takes a 6 oz bottle, cereal and fruit. 7:00, I give her a bath, get her ready for bed, read a story, and then place her in her crib still awake. Within a couple minutes, she falls asleep to her music (by 7:30). She sleeps through the night until I wake her @ 7am.

    I recommend placing them in the crib still awake and let them soothe themselves to sleep! They may cry for the first few nights, but if you stick to the same routine and are consistent, you will have a child sleeping well through the night!

  18. Kitty says:

    When my son was younger, he refused to sleep through the night, he would have two naps during the day, one around 10am for 2 hrs, then another around 3pm for a 1hr or so, and we would put him to bed around 8pm, and he would be up every 2-3 hours crying and whining, sometimes nothing would help him go back to sleep, and i would have to take him into the living room to calm him so my husband could sleep (he works, I don’t) and then he would wake up around 8am, but recently, my husband suggested that we try something different to see if that would work better at making him sleep through the night, we decided on 1 2hr nap, and put him to bed at around 9-10pm, IT WORKED! The only problem, is now he sleeps until around 11am, (which makes it VERY hard for me to catch the UPS guy when my husband orders stuff) but I don’t get much sleep, so I have enjoyed the sleeping in, but I’m not sure if it’s healthy for him, should i try to change his bed time back? or should I just let him choose his own schedule for now?

  19. Heather says:

    I realize that I have a great sleeper, and I owe it in part to your website. So first, thanks!!

    My 8-month-old is on a great schedule. She still takes 3 naps a day, for a total of 4.5-6 hours. She is in bed by 7pm, and sleeps till 6:30-7am. So all in all, she is getting around 15.5-18 hours of sleep!! (YAY!)

    I have two questions:
    1. Is this too much sleep? I really don’t think so, but it seems to be way more than most are sleeping here.
    2. How will I know that she is ready to transition to 2 naps instead of three?

    Thank you for all your help!!

  20. Claudia says:

    My 8 month old baby seems to be changing his sleep patterns.

    He used to sleep at around 8.30-9.30pm (depending on whether he takes a 3rd nap in the day) and wake up at around 7-7.30am. (So about 10 hours of sleep at night) He will have 2/3 naps totally about 3hrs. His 1st morning nap was fairly predictable, usually 2.5hrs after he first wakes up.

    Past few days, he has been waking up at 8-8.30am instead (so getting about 11 hours of sleep at night) and he will fight sleep for his morning nap (keeps crying) so I started letting him take his morning nap 3.5-4hrs after he wakes up.

    While I understand that baby sleep patterns change as they grow… i have also read that we should fix a routine for a baby and that begins with a fixed bedtime and morning wake time and naps will change and consolidate as baby grows.

    Question –
    Should I wake him up at 7.30am regardless? Or is this a natural shift in his sleep patterns where he starts sleeping more at night and consolidating his naps into 2 short naps of about 1hr each in the day?

  21. Paula says:

    my 8 month old goes to sleep at about 10/11pm then he wakes up again at 1,2am but thats only recently he did start going through the night, he doesnt wake for a feed or change he just wakes and plays then goes back to sleep when he wants.

    He wakes 11am, has porridge and 7oz bottle
    Naps for half hour
    Banana for lunch at 3pm then 5oz bottle
    Naps for half hour
    Baby powder dinners/jars or home made at 6pm
    Baby pudding at 7pm
    5oz bottle at 9pm

    And thats him finished until the next day.

  22. Sara says:

    My almost-8 month old son’s sleeping is erratic. I can’t get him to have decent naps in the daytime, and even if I do he falls asleep at different times every day. On top of that, he’ll only have a good nap when he’s in the car. At night he’s up every 1-3 hours, with the occasional stint of 4 – 5 hours. We have a bedtime routine, I nurse him every 3-4 hours in the pitch black, we’re quiet at night, and he even falls back to sleep on his own after I feed him. Why won’t he sleep more than an average of 2 hours at a time?! Any help is appreciated!

  23. Julie says:

    My almost 8 month old (turning 8 months on the 22nd) will go to bed around 7pm and wake up anywhere between 5:00-5:45 AM. We’ve tried putting her to bed later to see if she will sleep longer, but no matter what time we put her down, she will wake up at the same time. She sleeps through the night (no night feedings at all). Is there any way to get her to sleep until 6:30-7:00 AM or do we just have to accept that our daughter is an early riser (like her parents!). She averages about 10 hours a night… and will take about 3 naps a day… her total nap time is about 3 hours a day. I’m pretty sure she is getting enough sleep, but would love to see if we can extend her wake up time in the mornings. Thank you!

  24. Tash says:

    Hi, My 8 month old baby girl was sleeping 8 hours straight about a 2 months ago until she started badly teething(she has 6 now) Now she refuses to sleep more than 3 hours at a time at night and will only go back to sleep if i breastfeed her. Sometimes she just stays awake for 2 hours before she will finally give in. She ususally goes to bed about 8 and gets up for the day at 6.30. Then she will nap 8.30-10.30 and then 2-3.30. She is on 2 meals a day and she has 3 breastfeeds in the day as well as 1-2 at night(upto 4 at the moment) Please help

  25. David says:

    Hello,
    Just a few things I was looking to have cleared up

    My daughter is 8 months old, her pattern has now gone into up at 6am, breakfast at 7am, rusk and her 7 ounce bottle of milk, nap at 9am normally an hour, lunch at 12, 7 ounce bottle and a yogurt

  26. Jennifer says:

    Hoping this can be of some help to anyone in the same crazy boat that we are in…

    Our little boy, now 8 months, was over 5 weeks premature and had terrible reflux, so painful. The first 2 months we had to wake him every 2 hours to feed and from about 4-6 months he wanted to eat every hour or two!!!! He was in our room right next to me in a bassinet or across the room in a special play pen this whole time. It was so exhausting that there were days that I thought I was dying :)).

    At 6 months, we started him on solids (rice cereal, then veggies, then fruit) and put him in his own room and his own crib for his night sleep and both day naps. I would really recommend this to anyone who can do it!!!! The constancy seems to help as does a night routine of dinner/bath/book/sleep without a feed. I also have a large ticking clock on the wall of his room and give him a little sooky blanket with a teddy bear attached to it to help him soothe himself back to sleep. (He also sucks his thumb, no soothers.) He went through a phase from 6-7 months where he would wake every hour from 1-6am!! So, we stopped using a sleepy sheep to help him fall asleep at night once we realized he was developing a need to hear the sheep to get himself back to sleep…it was a big problem. Also, we stopped picking him up to comfort his ‘little noises’ when we realized we were actually waking him up. It worked better to let him make the noise and just check on him/fix his blankeys.

    Hi sched since about 6 months (since he’s been in his own room) seems to have been:
    - up at 630-730, play, eat, nap 1.5 hours after waking (usually from 9-11am)
    - up, play, eat, play, nap from 2-4
    - up, play, eat around 6-630pm, bath routine between 7-730 for bedtime at 730-8pm

    We had a couple weeks there where it seemed he was actually sleeping from 730pm-7am with 2 good day naps. Now he seems to be going through separation anxiety, waking 1-3 times a night with uncontrollable rocking and screaming for cuddles. Just checking on him seems to work better than actually getting him up to reassure him we are there….but it’s so hard.

  27. Debbye says:

    @ Tash- You may want to try adding a 3rd catnap to the schedule. 3:30 til 8:00 is a long time for her to stay awake. If not a 3rd nap, maybe an earlier bedtime will help her sleep better. Of course if she’s got a sleep association with nursing back to sleep, you may have to teach her how to fall asleep and back to sleep without nursing.
    Good luck!

    @ David- The part of your schedule that you wrote looks good! Thanks for sharing!

    @ Jennifer- Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds a lot like my son’s first months of life. I know how exhausting it is! His recent sleep problems are quite common. Here is a link to an article that may shed some more light on the situation for you: http://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-patterns/8-9-10-month-old-baby-sleep-regression/
    Often things will smooth out, and it does sound as if you’ve done your homework and are on top of things.
    Hang in there and Best wishes!