9 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Secret To Peaceful Nights

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 04/05/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your baby onto a regular 9 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make maintaining healthy sleep habits as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 9 Month Old Sleep?

9 Month Old Wake Window

At 9 months, your baby will have around 2.5-3.5 hours of awake time between sleep periods.

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 9 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 9 months old, your baby will be sleeping through the night and will still be having 2 naps per day.

This will be split into a long nap in the morning, followed by a slightly shorter nap in the afternoon.

Here’s a sample 9 month old sleep schedule to give you a guideline for how your baby’s day might flow:

9 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

Nap Schedule For 9 Month Old Baby

Here’s a quick reference for a 9 month nap schedule to help you visualise your baby’s daytime sleep habits:

Nap Schedule For A 9 Month Old Baby

How Many Naps Should A 9 Month Old Take?

At 9 months of age, your baby will now have transitioned to 2 naps a day. However, you may find they need an extra quick cat nap if their day has been incredibly busy.

Bedtime For 9 Month Old

For a 9 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:

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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 9 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.

Is There A 9 Month Old Sleep Regression?

Typically there is a sleep regression that can happen between 7-9 months old, which coincides with your baby learning to crawl, pulling to stand, teething or experiencing separation anxiety.

If you suspect your little one is going through a 9 month sleep regression, they may experience sleep issues such as:

Your best defence is knowing the signs of the 9 month sleep regression, learning what can trigger them and understanding how to handle them. So, be sure to take a look at my post on how to survive the 8 month sleep regression for actionable advice.

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.

9 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 9 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 9 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

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Common 9 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep disturbances that your baby may encounter when establishing and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule are:

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

Frequently Asked Questions About A 9 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 9 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Should Babies Nap After 5pm?

No. Babies should not nap after 5pm because 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!)

How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For A 9 Month Old?

As part of the 9 month old sleep schedule, your baby will be able to sleep between 11-12 hours per night. Most babies will sleep through the night, however, some 9 month olds will still wake and require your calming touch to help them resettle and drift back off to sleep.

Can You Sleep Train A 9 Month Baby?

Yes, you can sleep train a 9 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 I Put My 9 Month Old To Bed Early If They Missed Their Nap?

If your baby has missed a nap or has woken very early from a daytime nap, you may need to adjust their bedtime by bringing it forward.

Alternatively, you could consider incorporating a short 30-minute cat nap in the later afternoon to help tie your baby over to bedtime… But you should only do this if your baby settles to sleep quickly.

If they don’t… just bring bedtime forward by an hour.

Is 6pm Too Early For A 9 Month Old Bedtime?

No. A 6pm bedtime is not too early for a 9 month old sleep schedule.

However, if your baby does go to bed at 6pm, you need to be prepared for them to wake up by 6am the next day.

When Do I Need To Talk To A Doctor About My 9 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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