9 Month Old Sleep Schedule and Development
9 Month Old Sleep Development:
At 9 months of age, we’ll continue to aim for at least 14 hours of total daily sleep. That’s 11-12 hours at night and 2-3 hours during the day over 2 naps. Most children need 2.75 - 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.]
If you’re experiencing the 9 month regression, sleep might continue to be a bit trickier than you’re used to this month. We recommend continuing to prioritize naps and early bedtimes in order to help them sleep as well as they can during this time. Hang in there -- this is a temporary phase!
Let’s look at a standard 9 month schedule:
Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.
You aren’t alone if your baby is sitting, standing and/or cruising in their crib when they should be sleeping. Yes, it can be frustrating to see your baby play when they should be sleeping. But don’t repeatedly interfere. That can backfire and lead to more sleep issues! Instead, give them the opportunity to explore and wind down on their own and resettle them every 10 minutes or so until they’re ready for sleep.
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