10 Month Old Baby Feeding and Sleep Schedule: With Milk, Solid Food, Naps, and Nighttime Sleep – For Breastfeeding and Formula-Feeding Infants

10 Month Old Baby Feeding and Sleep ScheduleHave a happy little 10 month-old at home? We have your sample 10-month-old baby schedules, including milk feedings (for breastfeeding and formula-feeding babies), solids, naps, and nighttime sleep!

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10 Month Old’s Sleep and Development

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.

How Many Naps for an 10 Month Old?

Most 10 month old babies take 2 naps each day that total 2 to 3 hours. Each nap is typically at least one hour long. Babies this age stay awake and have wake windows between 2 1/2 to 3 hours at a time, on average, but up to 4 hours before bedtime. There are a few 10 month olds who stay awake 3 to 4 hours throughout the day and spread out their schedule.

Wake Windows for 10 Month Olds

The typical wake windows for a 10-month-old are 3-4 hours. Usually, that first wake window is around 3 hours, the second window is around 3 to 3 1/2 hours, and then they stay awake 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. Babies do vary but the average 10-month-old will stay awake 3 hours before the first two naps and 4 hours before bedtime.

10 Month Old Feeding

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, we have a series of blog posts dedicated to the subject. We include 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 possibly no egg whites – check with your doctor)

The first schedule is what I call a “staggered” approach. My first son did better nursing fully and then had 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.

You may also be interested in homemade baby food recipes for 10 to 12 month olds. Or 5 Benefits of Pumpkins for Babies

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.

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185 thoughts on “10 Month Old Baby Feeding and Sleep Schedule: With Milk, Solid Food, Naps, and Nighttime Sleep – For Breastfeeding and Formula-Feeding Infants”

  1. Hello! I use Huckleberry sleep app which really crushed the 3 nursing associations. My almost 10month old is great at napping and going down. 1-1.5hour nap in AM 2.75 hours after waking, and after noon nap 1-1.5 hours 3.25 hours after AM nap. She goes down 3.5 hours after that. Great bedtime routine, falls asleep on her own, one dream feed between 9:30-10:30, but wakes between 3:30-5:30 for two months now and won’t go down without cuddling for 20-30 mins if at all. How do I fix these early morning wakings? She’s breastfed and eats really well. Loves spinach, kale, blueberries and strawberries. Any suggestions?

    • @Jess – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! Early morning wakings can be tough to crack, for sure, especially as babies get older and more alert. There are so many different reasons that could be leading to the early waking though that you may be better served connecting with one of our sleep consultants for support. Even if the Huckleberry consultants couldn’t/didn’t help much, I’m confident we can. We have an entire e-Book related to early waking and our sleep consultants work with families every day to conquer early waking. Read more about our team here:https://www.babysleepsite.com/about Hang in there, Jess!

  2. Hello- I have loved your website and have used it as reference several times. I’m currently wondering if my 10 month old is ready for one nap? He has been refusing naps and needing rocked to sleep to get even a 30 minute nap for the last week. He has also been waking several times at night, when he had previously been sleeping until 4-5am and then feeding and going back to sleep until 7am. He has no sleep associations, although we had coslept for a while, but haven’t for over a month and he had been doing pretty good with taking long naps and sleeping mostly through the night. I have tried different times in the morning for his first nap, 2.5-3.5 hours wake time and he just screams when I lay him in the crib as if he’s wide awake. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    • @Sarah – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! We generally see the transition to one nap closer to 15-18 months but we’ve seen it happen in babies your son’s age. We’d first suggest working on his schedule and rocking “association” before moving in that direction. It’s important to note that many babies this age go through a period of development (physical and brain) that triggers a temporary sleep regression as well. You can consider connecting with one of our sleep consultants who are better trained to help you through this type of situation. You may even want to consider one of our 15-min free evaluations to get a better idea. You can read more about our team here:https://www.babysleepsite.com/about Hope this helps, Sarah – hang in there!

  3. Hiya my huby n i work from home in mornings. N huby works till late night on another job. So it suits us if our 10 month old baby sleep till 10 or 11. We have been putting him to bed late. Sometime upto midnight. N he wakes up arround 9 10. N takes 3 naps during day. Last one arround 6 to 9pm. Then he sleeps at midnight again. I want to kbow if its unhealthy. As he is taking enough gours of sleep. N we keep room pitch dark till he sléps. Kindly share advise n experience if anyone else has done this. Thanks

    • Hi Faiza,
      Thank you for visiting The Baby Sleep Site! In general, as long as your baby is getting enough sleep and is growing well and happy, you will be fine 🙂 Many families we’ve worked with have had to adapt the suggested schedule to work with their work schedules, traveling, etc., and almost anything can work as long as the baby has enough night sleep and is napping well. We do have a chart to help you figure out if he’s getting enough sleep here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-needs/baby-toddler-bedtime-chart/
      (Ignore the “Bedtimes” column and just look at the “Total sleep hours”.)
      I hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any other questions!

  4. Hi there, I absolutely loved this article, I’m currently trying to remove my 10month old’s feed to sleep association, it’s definitely improving. Thank you for the recommended servings and the example schedules, I will be using them. I’m from Australia so you can know that your article has come over here. There is a lot of differing info out there even between doctors.

    • Hi @Lisa – Thank you for writing! We are SO happy to hear that our resources and information have been helpful for your family! Thank you again for taking the time to let us know, and we wish you all the best!

  5. Hi there, my 10months only nap for 30mins every nap since birth. I tried gentle tap to encourage falling back asleep but he refuses.
    We have been sleep training him and he has no problem falling asleep on his own. But keep waking up at night every 2-3hours to feed.
    What would be the best thing to do?

    • Hi @Yolinda Indrawan, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with short naps and frequent wake ups from your son. We would love to help. You may want to download our free guide with tips to help your baby sleep through the night: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      I do think since you’re struggling with naps and nights that you would also benefit from working with a trained sleep consultant who can look at a full sleep history of your child and create a step by step plan of action to you, according to what your priority list of goals would be as well. If you’re interested, we have an amazing team that can help and you can see the different options to work with them here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      If you’re struggling with finding the best package for your situation, please just email us directly at [email protected] and we would love to help you from there. Hang in there!

  6. Hello, I’m going to follo this blog! Seems like a very nice page you have 🙂 Thanks for sharing this to us.

  7. Ok so I have b/g twins and our schedule on most days is as follows wake up time between 7:00 and 7:30 Nap at 12-2 to 230 bed at 8 my son wakes up twice and night every night may daughter wakes up one to two times both times are usually 1 and 4 wanting to ween but my sone will cry till you feed him he is now dependent on a bottle to go back to sleep at those times my daughter will take a pacifier on first feeding but definitely wants the 4:00 feed what should I do

    • Hi @Crystal! Thank you for writing us, and we would love to help! It sounds like your little ones have not quite mastered the skill of going back to sleep when they wake at night or go through a light sleep cycle at 1am and 4am. You may want to work on teaching them to fall asleep independently, and here is a link to an article that may help:
      If you would like one on one help, please consider one of our Sleep Consultation packages. We have tons of experience with twins and the special sleep issues and challenges that families with twins can experience. You can read about all of our sleep consultation packages here:
      Hang in there Crystal, and please contact us if you have any questions!

  8. Hi there my baby will be 10 months on Sept 29th . he wakes at 7am and fights the first nap at 10am. We will fall asleep at 11am without a fight and then sleep for 1 hour and then sleep 3.5 hours later for 1 more hour. Should I insist on the 10am nap….he ia not tired at allnand just plays in the crib and eventually cries.

    • Hi @Temika, thank you for visiting the Baby Sleep Site! I’m sorry to hear your little guy has been fighting his morning nap. If the adjusted time is working for him better, then I would say go for it and see how he does with it, or if he’s acting tired maybe adjust the time a little earlier so he doesn’t get over tired (that’s always the main concern with pushing naps for later is that they’ll get overtired and then fight you even more). Here is a link to download our free guide with nap tips that may offer more insight: https://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-nap-guide/
      If you need more detailed information, you may want to check out our ebook that is all about naps and schedules for your baby: https://www.babysleepsite.com/mastering-naps/
      I hope this helps!

  9. Hi.. my daughter is 10.5 months old and is fighting the first nap. I’ve been putting her down and leaving her in the crib but she just plays.she was taking two naps – every three hours of waking. So woke at 6, nap 1 at 9-10:30 then nap 2 from 2-3:15 and then bed time at 6-6:15.

    Now she wakes up at 6;30 and sleeps 6:15-6:30 nand is refusing nap 1.. I moved nap 2 early by 30 mins but how do I get her to sleep again? Is she transitioning?

    • Hi @Preksha, thanks for writing to us! I am sorry you’ve been struggling with your daughter’s first nap. Around this age there is a little regression that hits (there’s 1 around 9 months and another around a year) that could be causing the fight. Most babies do not go down to one nap until they are between 15-18 months old on average, so I personally would continue to offer the first nap and it is likely she will start taking it again. Here is a link to download a free guide with nap tips for a bit more information: https://www.babysleepsite.com/free-baby-nap-guide/
      I hope this helps!

  10. My son just turned 10 months. For the past few weeks, he’s been waking in the early morning to feed – any time between 4-6 am. Our normal wake time is 7. As you can see, the early morning feed time is quite inconsistent. Should I try to keep it at a consistent time, which would mean setting my alarm and feeding? Or should I just let this continue as it’s been going, and just let him wake himself up?

    FYI I have a 34-month old as well who is a light sleeper even with a white noise machine and a fan going, so I don’t let the baby cry for too long.

    • Hi @Melanie – Thank you for writing to us, and I am sorry to hear how early your 10 month old is waking! We know how tough schedules can be!! I do not see a need to wake him to feed him, and if you are “okay” with allowing him to wake himself up and feed him at that time, then feel free to let things continue as they are. We do applaud you for doing what works best for you and your family! This may be a great resource for you too: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-waking-too-early/
      Good luck and thanks again for visiting us!

      • I have a 10minth ols son who never sleeps through sice birth only 2to3 times in his life he wakes up every hour t least and just want his dommy or a small bottle feed nd sleep agian what can i dp to get him sleep right through without anywake or tleast one wake

      • Hi @Megan, I am so sorry to hear your 10 month old is waking so frequently at night. We have a free guide that will provide a great starting point with tips to help you get your son sleeping through the night. Here is a link to sign up to download it: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
        If you need more detailed information than the guide provides, let us know. You may consider working one-on-one with a sleep consultant that can take the guesswork out of it for you and they will create a plan specifically for you and your baby. To read more about those options please visit here: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
        Let us know if you have any questions and I hope these resources help you quickly!!

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