8 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The PERFECT Schedule To Follow!

By Paula McLaren •  Updated: 07/20/22 •  10 min read  •  Baby » Baby Sleep

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your baby onto a regular 8 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining it as easy as possible.

How Much Should An 8 Month Old Sleep?

TOP TIP: With the introduction of solids at this age, many 8 month olds can sleep all night without a feed (even if they wake up). You may also find that you do not need to dream feed either. However, bear in mind that some babies will still wake to be fed up until 9 months of age.

Sample 8 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 8 months old, your baby will be sleeping for at least 6 hours or more in one go at night without waking. 

Be aware that at 8 months old, your child may go through a nap transition so you will have to adjust their sleep schedule to ensure they don’t get overtired before going to bed.

Here’s a sample 8 month old sleep schedule with 2 and 3 naps to give you a guideline for how your baby’s day can flow:

8 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

REMEMBER: This 8 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 An 8 Month Old Baby

As your baby begins to transition from 3 naps to 2, there are some approximate guidelines that you should follow when implementing a nap schedule for an 8 month old. 

Remember to keep an eye out for your baby’s sleep cues and follow their lead by taking naps at regular intervals and never forcing your baby to stay awake if they are tired.

Here are 2 sample nap schedules for an 8 month old baby:

3 Nap Schedule For 8 Month Old Baby

3 Nap Schedule For A 8 Month Old

2 Nap Schedule For 8 Month Old Baby

2 Nap Schedule For a 8 Month Old

How Many Naps Should An 8 Month Old Baby Take?

Your 8 month old baby should take between 2 and 3 naps per day.

REMEMBER: While nap transitions can be challenging… you must let your little one take the lead when it comes to sleep. Don’t delay naps in the hope that they will sleep later, as this often backfires on you and results in an overtired baby.

How Long Can An 8 Month Old Stay Awake?

Your 8 month old baby will now be able to stay awake between 2 ½ and 3 ½ hours between naps. 

Make the most of these awake times to offer your little one lots of stimulating play and opportunities to learn new skills.

Bedtime For 8 Month Old

For an 8 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 8 month old can recognise the signs that bedtime is coming to help them settle and fall asleep more easily.

What Time Should My 8 Month Old Go To Bed?

For an 8 month old sleep schedule, you should aim to your baby in bed by 7pm each evening

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 There An 8 Month Old Sleep Regression?

YES. There is an 8 month sleep regression.

Typically the 8 month sleep regression can happen anywhere between 7 and 10 months, however, it usually coincides with when your baby learning to crawl or pulling to stand.

If your 8 month old is going through a sleep regression, they may experience sleep issues such as:

Your best defence is knowing the signs of sleep regression, what can trigger them and how to handle them. So, be sure to take a look at my post on how to survive and handle the 8 month sleep regression.

REMEMBER: Sleep regressions can occur at any age. However, they are more common when your baby is 4, 6, 8 or 12 months old, and will usually occur when your baby reaches certain developmental milestones

8 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining an 8 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 an 8 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

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Common 8 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your baby may encounter when establishing and maintaining an 8 month old sleep schedule are:

Frequently Asked Questions About An 8 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 8 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For An 8 Month Old?

Your 8 month old baby can now sleep between 9-12 hours at night. 

They will also be following a 3-meal-a-day feeding routine which is supplemented with milk feeds so your baby will no longer need to be fed at night. 

Should Babies Nap After 5pm?

No. Babies should not nap after 5pm.

In an ideal 8 month old sleep schedule, your baby needs to be awake for at least 3 hours before their regular bedtime in order for them to be ready for sleep and settle nicely. 

Therefore, if your baby’s bedtime is 7pm they should not be napping after 4pm. 

TOP TIP: If your 8 month old baby takes a late 3rd nap it is OK to wake them up after 30 mins but I would not advise letting them sleep for longer than 1 hour. 

Is A 3 Hour Nap Too Long For An 8 Month Old?

Not exactly…

Most 8 month old babies will fall into a 2 or 3 nap schedule that will add up to 3 hours in total. 

However, all babies are different and you may have an 8 month old baby who takes one afternoon nap of 3 hours or has a long morning nap with a short 30 minute late afternoon nap.

REMEMBER: The truth is that you have to find out what works best for your baby and that the total amount of sleep taken in daytime sleep is more important than how it is broken down. 

Is 8pm Too Late For An 8 Month Old’s Bedtime?

An 8pm bedtime is a personal preference and is fine if the rest of the day is adapted to this bedtime accordingly. 

Personally, I believe a 7pm bedtime works best as this is the preferred bedtime for toddlers and it is, therefore, much easier to stick to if it has always been a 7pm bedtime from early on. 

It also means that you get some all-important child-free quality time at the end of the day!

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

Paul Mclaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and has been in the child care 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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