8 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Secret To Peaceful Nights

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 03/30/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

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 healthy sleep habits as easy as possible.

How Much Should An 8 Month Old Sleep?

8 Month Old Wake Window

At 8 months, your baby will have around 2.5-3.5 hours of awake time between their naps.

This ensures that your baby has enough awake time during the day to meet their developmental milestones and to consume enough daytime calories to grow at a rapid rate.

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

Sample 8 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 8 months old, your baby will be sleeping for longer stretches at night… sometimes 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 daytime sleep guidelines that you should follow when implementing a nap schedule at 8 months of age.

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 eight 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.

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.

Looking to get your little one to sleep quickly and effortlessly? Check out my Bedtime and Nap Cheat Sheet and master the art of making daytime naps and bedtimes as seamless as possible.

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 to ensure your baby gets enough sleep to support their brain’s growth and development as well as their physical development.

REMEMBER: The last awake window is the longest stretch of alert time during the day, which means your baby will probably fall asleep best if they have had 2.5 – 3.5 hours of awake time between the last nap of the day and their bedtime.

Is There An 8 Month Old Sleep Regression?

YES. There is an eight 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 468 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:

REMEMBER: Quality sleep is vital to every person’s overall health, children included.

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?

During this long stretch of sleep, your 8 month old baby should be able to 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 may no longer need to be fed at night.

Can You Sleep Train An 8 Month Old Baby?

Yes, you can sleep train an 8 month old baby. I prefer the “Gradual Retreat” and “I’ll Be Back” sleep training methods.

Having a healthy and regular sleep routine will set your baby on the right path to good sleep habits and a consistent sleep cycle for years to come.

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 (otherwise you will experience many sleepless nights!)

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 an earlier bedtime of 7pm works best as this is the preferred bedtime for toddlers and it’s, 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!

When Do I Need To Talk To A Doctor About My 8 Month Old’s Sleep Patterns? 

If you are unsure if your baby’s experiencing a change in sleep patterns alongside the following, then you should seek out medical advice from a doctor, sleep expert or sleep consultant to rule out anything more sinister:

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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Author Image Bio
Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and a highly qualified childcare expert with over 40 years of experience as a Norland Nanny. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Development & Learning (0-6 Years) and the prestigious Norland Diploma. Paula has worked as a night nanny, run a successful daycare center in London, and helped raise countless children using her tried and tested developmental and guidance methods.

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