8 Month Old Sleep Schedule

8 Month Old Sleep Schedule

7 Month Old Sleep Schedule Reading 8 Month Old Sleep Schedule 7 minutes Next 9 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Get a FREE custom sleep and feeding schedule

Our pediatric sleep experts at Nanit Lab deliver a personalized schedule based on your baby’s age, feeding method, current rest patterns, and more. Plus, you’ll receive tips on upcoming milestones and features to help you with each new stage! 

CREATE YOUR CUSTOM SCHEDULE

8 Month Old Nap Schedule

Near the beginning of this age range, you may find that you’re still trying to work towards certain sleep, nap, and feeding patterns that apply to 6 month old babies. That’s fine! Every baby will progress at their own pace, depending on their unique preferences and growing bodies. Around 8 months, they’ll probably still be napping for 2-4 hours during the day.

8 Month Old Feeding Schedule

You may have started feeding your baby solid foods a couple of months ago (or perhaps longer). Some babies will want to devour everything you put in front of them, some will be a little picky about the different tastes and textures and some may still not have the hang of it just yet…and that’s totally fine and normal. It’s a learning process. Whichever category your baby falls into, your baby should now be attempting 3 meals a day at 8 months. This may seem futile if your baby is still struggling to move the food to the back of their mouth and swallow, but the mouth is a muscle after all, and practice makes perfect.

Nighttime feeds should be gone at this point. Your baby is capable of lasting through the night without food — what they need more than anything at this age, is a good night’s rest! Early on, your baby should still be taking about 4 milk breast milk or formula feeds a day. Between 12 and 14 months, you may wish to switch your baby to cow milk instead of formula or breastfeeding, though you’re welcome to keep breastfeeding.

8 Month Old Wake Window

At 8 months old, mastering wake windows is key to a harmonious nighttime sleep. Typically, these little explorers thrive on 2-3 hours of awake time between naps, allowing them to engage with the world and tire themselves out just enough for restful sleep. Observing your little one’s sleep cues closely will guide you in adjusting their awake window for setting the best baby sleep schedule.

How Long Should An 8 Month Old Sleep?

At 8 months, your baby will probably still be sleeping around the same amount of time overall as they were at 7 months. In the evenings, you can expect your little one to sleep for 11-12 hours.

As you begin to see an increase in your baby’s gross motor skills, social awareness, language awareness, etc., you’ll notice the importance of a bedtime routine, dependable transitions, and consistency. This helps your baby make sense of the world and get the sleep they need. Though they may not be able to consciously explain or even comprehend why they need to sleep, their mental and physical development leads them in that direction. (Kinda cool right?)

There will probably be some milestones that your baby reaches around this age, so get excited! Learning how to sit or stand may be easy, thanks to their personal gym, aka crib. It is possible that these movements will cause a disruption in sleep, but don’t worry! You just need to be consistent when dealing with the aftermath. Beware, your baby may quickly realize that this is a game — if they sit up, and your response is to rush over and lie them down, they’ll know to continue doing that. Avoid this silly game by showing them how to lie down (instead of just picking them up) and giving them the time and space to figure it out on their own. Lots of practice with these kinds of moments during the day will make this no biggie.

Follow our baby sleep guide below to build a solid foundation for your 8 month old.

8 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Wake and Milk Feed

6:30 AM

Pay attention to how your baby reacts to this morning's feed — if they're less hungry, you may consider cutting back on nighttime feeds. If you're breastfeeding, you will probably feel pretty full after a night of resting and not feeding. After the baby's been fed, pump off some of that extra milk for later.

Breakfast

7:30 AM

Now that your baby is eating more solid breakfasts, take an opportunity to experiment with flavors and textures that your little one might come to love. Maybe some avocado on toast fingers, toast fingers with butter (or vegemite if you're Australian like one of our employees!).

Nap time

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Milk Feed

10:30 AM

Once your baby is more comfortable on solid food, this feed may need to cut back a bit, especially if they're not hungry at this time. You may wish to push back by 30 minutes depending on when they awake from their nap, and maybe cut down on the amount you feed.

Lunch

12:00 PM

This solid lunch is a great time to start experimenting with flavors and textures. Encourage your little one to start feeding themself, even if it's just small pieces of food while the majority of their food is still guided by a caregiver!

Nap time

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Someone's ready for a nice long afternoon nap! Enjoy some time to yourself.

Milk Feed

2:30 PM

*feed me, feed me* time for post-nap milk.

Dinner

5:00 PM

Solid dinners are a great time to play with even more flavors and textures. Keep it consistent with lunch, if you'd like, or mix it up if baby's responding well to new foods.

Bath

5:45 PM

Splish-splash! It's time for a bath!

Bottle and Book

6:15 PM

Break up the last feed and bedtime with a song or story, to avoid having the little one fall asleep at the breast or bottle.

Bed time

6:30 PM

Time for bed. Sweet Dreams!

 

Note: These are general guidelines based on the recommendations of our pediatric sleep advisors. All babies are different and your child may not be able to strictly adhere to this schedule. Always use your best judgment as a parent when setting your child's schedule.

Nanit is dedicated to delivering high-quality, reliable content for our readers. Our Parent Confidently articles are crafted by experienced parenting contributors and are firmly rooted in data and research. To ensure the accuracy and relevance of the content, all articles undergo a rigorous review process by our team of parenting experts. Additionally, our wellness-related content receives further scrutiny from Nanit Lab, our think tank of scientists, engineers, physicians, academic experts, and thought leaders.

Our primary objective is to furnish readers with the most current, trustworthy, and actionable information concerning a host of parenting topics. We strive to empower our readers to make informed decisions by offering comprehensive and respected insights.

In pursuit of transparency and credibility, our articles incorporate credible third-party sources, peer-reviewed studies, and abstracts. These sources are directly linked within the text or provided at the bottom of the articles to grant readers easy access to the source material.

CONTRIBUTORS

Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

Kristy Ojala is Nanit’s Digital Content Director. She spends way too much time looking at maps and weather forecasts and pictures of Devon Rex cats and no-cook dinners. A former sleep champion, she strives to share trustworthy somnabulism tips with other parents—praying for that one fine day when no tiny humans wake her up while it’s still dark out. Her kids highly recommend 3 books, approximately 600 stuffies, Chopin’s “Nocturnes,” and the Nanit Sound + Light for bedtime success.

Mackenzie Sangster is on the Brand and Community team at Nanit. She supports content development and editing for Nanit’s Parent Confidently blog as well as other marketing initiatives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, being active, and using the Pro + Flex Duo to keep an eye on her fur-baby, Poppy!

Holly Hays is a contributor and writer for Nanit, channeling her years as a mama and former magazine editor to create fun, useful content for fellow busy, trying-to-do-their-best parents and caregivers. Holly has written for a wide range of brands and media outlets (Ergobaby, HGTV, Manhattan Toy Company, OXO), loves to cook and read mystery novels, and leans heavily on her two daughters to keep her up to date on all the latest slang.