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

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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! Our 9 month old has never napped well. Some days he naps for 2 hours total between 2 or 3 naps and some days it is only an hour total between two naps. I am fine with either since he sleeps through the night finally now and it doesn’t seem to change his nighttime sleep. He was sleeping 7pm until 7am which was SO amazing. But in the last few weeks, he is sleeping from 730pm until 530am. I miss the sleeping in until 7 or even 630 am! I thought pushing his bedtime to 8 would help. It did not. Could this be a regression? He wakes up fussy because I think he needs at least another hour (and so do mom and dad)! We did the CIO method of training which worked wonders for the night sleep, but how do you help them sleep longer in the AM without CIO? He will NOT go back to bed once he is up at 530 and it mostly is because he usually has a bowel movement at this time.

  2. Hello, what are the signs that a 10 month old is ready for just one nap? My son was previously a great napper, he has been having 2 naps per day, a short one in the morning (30 mins – 1 hour) and a two hour nap in the afternoon. For the past month or so it has been a nightmare getting him down for his second nap. He used to fall asleep within minutes and now it takes half an hour of screaming. He then only sleeps for an hour. He settles okay for his morning nap. He is sleeping through the night, 11.5 hours most nights and can self settle. I’ve been wondering if he is ready for one nap but your website it the only place I’ve found that says some 10 month olds are ready so I would love some more info, Thanks.

  3. My son is 10 months old but he’s almost 11. He’s a horrible sleeper. He usually takes naps that are 20-30 minutes and sometimes even only 15! I’ve looked at schedules but none seem to work for me or him. Not only that but do you have any other websites that help with other things not only sleep. But back to his sleep. My son holds a “record” of waking up a total of 1time during the night. That was once. Now he wakes up around 10-11:00,2-3:00,5-6:00 I don’t know if anyone else has this problem but I’m not sure if he’s supposed to wake up less and sleep more. It’s a real struggle but we love him and we’re trying everything! Please help!

    • Hi @Liza, thanks for visiting the Baby Sleep Site. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been struggling with your son’s sleep. We would love to help! There could be a few things going on that are causing the short naps and frequent night wakings, and most often it is schedule related and we would love to help with that (it can be so hard to figure out what the best schedule is for your baby). Here is a link to a free guide with tips to help your child sleep through the night, be sure to pay attention to the part about sleep associations and see if you have any of those going on so you can begin to try to eliminate those first: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      I do think that since all areas of sleep seem to be a struggle that you would greatly benefit from working with one of our expert sleep consultants. Here is a link to the various options we have for working one-on-one with us and they will look at what’s going on, and help you implement a schedule that works well for your family and your child: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting- services/
      Please feel free to contact us directly at [email protected] if you have any more questions. Hang in there!

  4. hi there, i love your website. My 10month old is still fussy with food and nurses to sleep for naps and night sleeps. how do i break that cycle?

  5. My son just turned 10 months yesterday. He has never been a great sleeper. He eats enough and drinks enough throughout the day, has been teething since 5 months (is working on his 6th tooth),and is trying to walk (taking 4 steps at a time). The problem is at night he has never slept.
    He goes to bed around 6:30-7:00 sleeps until 10 and from there he is up EVERY 1-2 hours and up by 5-6am every single day. We share a room with him because we literally have no where else to put him (staying with I was at the moment) and we even have done sleep training three times (us sleeping in the living room because it’s horrible when you are in the same room)
    With this night schedule he tries to sleep a lot during the day like 1st nap around 8-9:30 and is hysterical if he doesn’t get it. Then he takes 2-3 naps after that throughout the day which we can’t stop. I’m assuming because he is exhausted without sleep at night and crawling, keeping up with his 2 year old brother, trying to walk, teething,etc.
    how do we break this cycle? I feel like I am losing my mind at this point. My husband and I need sleep and so does my little man.

    • @Kristine Coburn – Thank you for writing to us. I am so sorry you are struggling with your son’s sleep. That is so rough, and I agree it is so much worse when you are room sharing too. We would love to help. Since it sounds like you have tried a lot and there are several things going on, I do think the best option for you is to work with a sleep consultant. From there they can look at the full situation and help you navigate through all of the variables that are happening. Here is a link to read about the services we offer: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting- services/
      We do have other options as well, so if you’ve like to email us at [email protected] we would be happy to recommend a package and we can also give you options other than consulting if you are interested. Hang in there! I hope we can help you through this.

  6. Hi everyone. My little girl is 10 months old and has been sleeping worse for about the last week. She goes to bed at 8pm and normally sleeps through til 4 or 5 then wakes for a feed. The problem is that she no longer goes back to sleep after this. I used to be able to put her in the cot awake and she’d go to sleep on her own but now she spends hours talking and eventually starts protesting but it takes over an hour for her to go back to sleep (either on her own or with help, if we try to help her it generally makes it worse), then she’s awake again at around 7-7:30. During the day she eats quite well, particularly fruit, and takes a nap at around 11-12 for half an hour to 2 hours and an afternoon nap at around 4 for half an hour, I don’t let her sleep past 5pm. Naps are ok except that she’s extremely sensitive to the slightest noise so if we’re out and about she only makes it to half an hour if the pram is on the move. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  7. My ten month old wakes every 3 hours from bedtime at around 9. It used to be by 7 and all of a sudden it just kept getting later and later, same routine every night btw. She wakes crying hysterically every 3 hours as mentioned since birth. She does not eat any solid food consistently enough to create a schedule. She’s allergic to ALL formulas that contain milk protein and the pediatrician is not helpful and simply suggests I keep her on the breast while continuing to try with the food. She takes two 30 minute naps if so long most of the time. Once in a while she’ll nap for an hour or two if so much, once a day. I’m exhausted and my country does not have resources that help with these kinda things. Help please, I don’t know what to do.

    • Hi @Ayanna, thank you for writing to us. I am so sorry to hear you are struggling with your daughter’s sleep and with her diet as well, and that her doctor is not being super helpful. You are not alone, we would love to support you through this. First off, here is a link to a free guide with tips to help your baby sleep through the night: https://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-through-night-free-ebook/
      I do think that it would be extremely beneficial for you and your baby if you worked one-on-one with us through one of our Personalized Consultation Packages. Here you would let your sleep consultant know everything that’s going on, and they would walk you through how to achieve your goals each step of the way. Here is the link to read more about our options: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      If you have any questions about that, please contact us directly! You can reach us at [email protected]
      Hang in there!

    • Hi,
      My 10 months old baby is a formula fed baby. She sleeps around 9:30pm and wakes once or twice during night for feed(she starts to cry while she is sleep for feed and when we don’t give her milk, she will be fully awake and crying). For example, last night she had her feed, and slept 9:30pm, woke up 2:20am then 6:00 both for feed and once she got milk she slept. Then fully woke up at 7:00am. She usually have two naps during a day. Sometimes she refuses having solid foods and prefer formula. I’m so exhausted please help me 🙁

  8. My daughter is almost 11 months however, she’s adjusted age almost 9 months. She was 7 weeks prem and spent 2 months in the NICU. She also had a Nissen, twisting of the stomach to prevent reflux. Her stomach is smaller and holds less than normal. She has a ton of therapy each week and I need help figuring out a sleep routine!!! She has therapy Tuesdays 9 to 11 with an occasional doctor appointment, every 6th Wednesday a Nutrition, therapy every Thursday 11:30-12. We live 40 minutes from the office so we have a meal and travel. We have 2 bottle feeds at night between 10p and 7a. I’m stuck! She’s so tired all the time because of no naps, and I’m unable to remove the night feeds to help her get more sleep!!!!!

    • Hi @Addie, thank you for writing to us. I’m so sorry to hear you’re struggling with your girls schedule, I am sure that is a lot to manage already, and with the added stress of worrying about her sleep does not sound fun. 🙁 We would love to help you. I do think the best option for you, since your schedule is so unique (and needs to be flexible like it is for all the appointments you are bringing her to) as well as making navigating around her reflux, that working one-on-one with a sleep consultant would be extremely helpful. The great thing about Baby Sleep Site is that we “come to you” virtually, so it is not another appointment you have to carve out time to drive to. We have a ton of different plans that can help, our most fluid plan where you get the most instant access to our consultant is one of our Unlimited Emailing packages which would likely be the most helpful for you in troubleshooting your daughter’s schedule. Here is a link to read more about our plans: https://www.babysleepsite.com/baby-toddler-sleep-consulting-services/
      If you have questions about them, let us know. We’d be happy to explain in greater detail how it all works, so feel free to email us at [email protected]
      Hang in there!

  9. My 10 month old sleeps at least 12 hours at night, wakes up around 8, and is ready for a nap by 10:30, but then he will sleep for at least 3 hours if I don’t wake him up, and then it’s hard to fit in another nap. If he’s napping this long, should I consider moving to just one nap? Or should I wake him up earlier from his morning nap so he has time for a second?

    • @Stephanie – Thank you for reading and for sharing with us! Not all 10-month olds have 2 naps though we do generally like to see 2 sleep times for this age. If your little guy’s sleep schedule works well for your family and he is managing well on this sleep schedule and isn’t overtired or having other disruptions in his sleep, you shouldn’t feel compelled to change his sleep schedule at all! If you’d like to work on tweaking his sleep schedule here and there to make 2 naps work, you should consider our e-Book Mastering Naps and Schedules which has dozens of schedule options for you to consider. I hope this is helpful, Stephanie. Please keep reading and sharing!

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