8 month old sleep schedule: bedtime and nap schedule

Amber LoRe - Sleep Consultant / Pediatric sleep consultant / Updated Jun 08, 2021
8 Month Old Baby

At 8 months old, your baby is outgrowing the wake windows for a 3-nap schedule. As a result, many infants will transition to a 2-nap schedule around this time. Expect sleep to be a bit bumpy during nap transitions, as your baby adjusts to staying awake for longer periods.

Try not to worry - this is temporary! Overtiredness is sometimes inevitable during this period, and it’s common to see new or increased sleep difficulties at this age due to the 8 month sleep regression. Maintaining healthy sleep habits will help your baby move past the regression as quickly as possible.


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At 8 months, we’ll aim for at least 14 hours of total sleep per day (that typically breaks down to 11 - 12 hours at night, and 2 - 3 hours during the day over 2 - 3 naps). Most children need 2.25 - 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.]

Once that third nap is dropped, you’ll want to offer an earlier bedtime in order to limit the amount of overtiredness caused by the nap transition. Ensuring you have a longer pre-sleep bedtime routine will help cue that it’s time for bed, rather than the third nap.

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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.

Huckleberry 8 month old sleep time, nap time and bedtime schedule (sample)

Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.

Huckleberry 8 month old infant sleep schedule

Aim for your 8 month old to get about 3 hours of day sleep on average, broken up into 2 - 3 naps. Ideally, the first 2 naps of the day will be at least 60 minutes long. If your baby is still taking 3 naps, that last catnap is usually a shorter 30 - 45 minute nap.

Most 8 month olds take 2 - 3 naps per day. At this age, it’s common to have both 2-nap days and 3-nap days if your baby is in the midst of dropping a nap.

At this age, we expect babies to need a nap after 2.25 - 3.5 hours of awake time. If you’ve been offering naps based on wake windows, you can consider moving to a “by the clock” schedule, where naps and bedtime are offered at the same time each day. This allows for more schedule predictability, making it easier to plan your day.

Morning rise 7:00 AM
1st nap9:15 AM - 10:30 AM (1.25 hour nap) 2.25 hours of awake time before 1st nap
2nd nap1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (1.25 hour nap) 2.5 hours of awake time before 2nd nap
3rd nap4:45 PM - 5:15 PM (30 minute nap) 2.5 hours of awake time before 3rd nap
Get ready for bed7:00 PM
Asleep 8:00 PM 2.75 hours of awake time before bedtime

Morning rise7:00 AM
1st nap9:45 AM - 11:15 AM (1.5 hour nap) 2.75 hours of of awake time before 1st nap
2nd nap2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (1.5 hour nap) 3.25 hours of awake time before 2nd nap
Get ready for bed6:30 PM
Asleep7:30 PM 3.5 hours of awake time before bedtime

At this age, plan for bedtime to be 2.75 - 3.5 hours after the last nap. Babies taking 3 naps a day will have shorter wake windows, while babies taking 2 naps a day will have longer awake times. Plan for bedtime to be 12 - 14 hours after waking for the day, but no earlier than 6:00 PM.

8 month old baby sleep FAQ

Q: Can an 8 month old baby sleep through the night?

A:

Many babies are able to sleep a full 11 - 12 hours a night at this age. However, many pediatric sleep consultants agree that some babies will still need one feeding. It’s typical to offer a dream feed, or one feeding during the early morning hours, between 3:00 AM - 5:00 AM.

Q: How often do 8 month old babies sleep?

A:

Typically, most infants this age have a wake window of 2.25 - 3.5 hours. Aim for at least 14 hours of sleep during a 24-hour period, including 2 - 3 naps.

Q: How much nighttime sleep for an 8 month old?

A:

Target 10 - 12 hours of night sleep. Some babies will sleep longer with one night feeding.

Q: How much awake time for an 8 month old?

A:

The majority of 8 month olds need sleep after an awake period of 2.25 - 3.5 hours, depending on the time of day. The amount of awake time tends to be shorter in the morning, and lengthens throughout the day. The last wake window is usually the longest stretch of awake time during the day, which means your baby will probably sleep best with 2.75 - 3.5 hours of awake time in between the last nap and bedtime.

Q: How much daytime sleep for an 8 month old?

A:

Your baby will take 2 - 3 naps per day for a total of 2 - 3 hours a day.

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Created Sep 15 2020