10 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Complete Guide

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 08/03/22 •  9 min read  •  Baby » Baby Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your baby onto a regular 10 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 10 Month Old Sleep

Sample 10 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 10 months old, your baby will be sleeping through the night and they will be having 2 roughly equal-length naps a day.

Here’s a sample 10 month old sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your baby’s day might flow:

10 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 10 month old sleep schedule is a guideline and will differ from baby to baby. As you become more in tune with your baby’s needs and learn what works for them, you will find a sleep schedule that meets your needs.

Nap Schedule For 10 Month Old Baby

Here’s a quick reference for a 10 month old nap schedule to help you visualise your baby’s daytime sleep habits:

Nap Schedule For A 10 Month Old Baby

How Many Naps Should A 10 Month Old Baby Take?

A 10 month old will now have 2 naps a day.

Occasionally, you may find they need an extra quick cat nap if their day has been incredibly busy, but for the most part, your 10 month old will only nap twice a day.

Aim to have your first nap around 3 hours after waking up and their second nap about 3 hours after their first.

How Long Can A 10 Month Old Go Between Naps?

Most 10 month old babies can now stay awake between 3-4 hours at a time. 

However, it is still very important to watch for signs your little one is tired to avoid them becoming overtired.

TOP TIP: Don’t be tempted to try and keep your baby awake to fit in with a rigid sleep schedule. This will only result in your baby becoming overtired. 

Bedtime For 10 Month Old

For a 10 month old sleep schedule, your baby’s bedtime routine should now be firmly in place and it will not change much from now on. 

A simple bedtime routine will consist of:

The entire bedtime routine should start between 6pm and 6.30pm and take no longer than 30 minutes.

REMEMBER: The bedtime routine should follow the same steps and be repeated at the same time every evening to ensure your 10 month old can recognise the signs that bedtime is coming to help them settle and fall asleep more easily.

Is There A Sleep Regression At 10 Months?

Sleep regressions can occur at any age but there are certain times when they are more likely to happen. 

Mainly at 4 months, 6 months, between 8 and 10 months and around 12 months old

If your baby’s established sleep patterns are disrupted with them fighting sleep, increased nighttime wakings and restlessness then they are very likely experiencing a short-term sleep regression.

Read these posts to help you navigate this situation:

10 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 10 month old sleep schedule will make your day much easier to manage because after all… Everything starts and ends with sleep!

Here are some of my top sleep tips to make creating and maintaining a 10 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

TOP TIP: Don’t be tempted to cut down on daytime naps to improve nighttime sleep… An overtired baby will not settle easily or stay asleep for long.

Common 10 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your baby may encounter when establishing and maintaining a 10 month old sleep schedule are:

Frequently Asked Questions About A 10 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 10 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

What Time Should A 10 Month Old Go To Bed?

Bedtime for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers does not really change. 

For a 10 month old sleep schedule, your baby should be in bed with the lights out by 7pm.

If you want to adjust your schedule to make bedtime a little later you must change your daily nap times accordingly.

But no matter what… your baby should not be in bed any later than 8pm.

Is 10 Months Too Early For One Nap?

Yes. 10 months old is too early for one nap.

If you drop to one nap, your baby will become overtired and may be more prone to sleep issues. 

Babies are usually 12 months old before they are ready for a 1 nap schedule.

How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For A 10 Month Old?

As always timings will vary from baby to baby but most 10 month old babies will sleep between 10 and 12 hours at night.

Why Is My 10 Month Old Fighting Naps?

Your 10 month old may be fighting naps because they:

If your baby is fighting naps, try adjusting the nap time by ½ hour to see if they want to fall asleep sooner or later than usual!

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Which Nap Do Babies Drop First?

When your little one is ready to drop a nap, it will be the morning nap that will be dropped first.

However, this is a big transition and will vary from baby to baby and for quite some time you may find your baby needing 2 naps on some days and 1 nap on another. 

But dropping to one nap does not usually occur until around your baby’s 1st birthday so you should not let sleep resistance tempt you into dropping a nap too soon as this will only result in an exhausted baby at the end of the day that does not want to sleep!

REMEMBER: Naps on the go are fine for this age but you should still aim for most daytime naps to be taken at home in their crib.

Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Paula McLaren

Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the childcare industry as a Norland Nanny since 1982. Since then, her mission has been to help parents become the best they can possibly be. And each year, she continues to help more families understand their child's development, the trials and joys of parenting and of course, how to care for their little ones.

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