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8 Month Old Baby Sleep: Sample Schedule

By 8 months of age, your baby’s schedule is becoming more consistent with 2 naps per day.  At this age your baby needs 2-3 hours of daytime nap hours total and 11-12 hours of overnight sleep.

I don’t love sharing “sample schedules” because I feel they can set a gal up to fail when things don’t follow the schedule exactly.  In my private consultations and online classes I teach a “flexible schedule” using awake times to guide you through the day.

Fixed schedules where 9 am means nap time everyday can set you up to fail because they make the assumption that you can control how long your baby naps for.  In many cases you cannot.  What do you do when your baby wakes up mid nap because she pooped herself awake?  Do you keep your tired baby up until the next set nap time or do you put her down early?  When you learn to implement a flexible schedule, you learn parenting skills that help you manage when things don’t go smoothly.  Fixed schedules can start to come into play once your baby is consistently taking 2 naps which can occur anytime between 7 and 10 months of age.

8 Month Baby Sleep Schedule – Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule On 2 Naps

6:30 am – Wake up and feed

7:30 am – Breakfast – Solid 1

9:15 amNap 1 – 1 hour to 1.5 hours

10:15 am –  Wake up

10:30 am – Feed

11:30 am – Lunch – Solid 2

1:15 pmNap 2 – 1 to 2 hours

3:15 pm – Wake up – 2 hour nap

3:15 pm – Feed

4:30 pm – Optional Dinner – Solid #3

5:40 pm – Last feed

6:05 pm – Put down in crib

6:15 pm – Asleep

Many formula fed babies drinking 25 to 30 oz during the day are sleeping through the night without feeding.  Some EBF are sleeping 11 hours without eating, many still take 1 night feed.

Share your thoughts on 8 month baby sleep sample schedule in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you.

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