8 Month Old Sleep Development:
At 8 months we’ll aim for at least 14 hours of total daily sleep (that typically breaks down to 11-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours during the day over 2 naps). Most children need 2.5 - 3.5 hours of awake time in between sleep periods at this age.
[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]
Your baby has likely dropped that third nap or is resisting it quite a bit now that they’ve outgrown the wake windows for a 3 nap schedule. Sleep can be a bit bumpy at first, as a child adjusts to staying awake for longer periods. Some overtiredness is sometimes inevitable when dealing with a nap transition and it’s common to see new or increased sleep difficulties at this age.
Once that 3rd nap is dropped, we’ll want to offer an earlier bedtime in order to limit the amount of overtiredness caused by the nap transition.
Sample 2-nap 8 month old sleep schedule
Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.
Many babies are becoming more mobile at this age, which can mean they’re burning more calories. If you suspect increased hunger at night, be sure to offer more calories during the day in order to help consolidate night sleep.
Hunger is a frequent cause of shortened sleep, including naps. Be sure to adjust meal times so that your baby doesn’t wake too early from a nap due to hunger.
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