9-10 Months Old Sleep Schedule

9-10 Months Old Sleep Schedule

At 9-10 months old, babies are rapidly developing physically, cognitively, and socially. Your little one may be attempting to imitate sounds & gestures such as waving "bye bye" or shaking head "no." They may also start crawling or cruising along furniture whilst standing. Their pincer grasp improves, allowing them to pick up smaller objects with thumb and index finger. They also begin to understand cause & effect relationships (i.e. dropping a toy makes a sound). Due to their rapid development, they may experience a sleep regression around 8-10 months of age.

How many hours of sleep does my 9-10 month old need?

This vary from child to child for they all require different sleep needs. However, typically at this age, they need around 12-15 hours of total sleep over a 24 hour period. If you have a low sleep needs child, then they are likely at the lower end of this range and if you have a high sleep needs child, then you would find that they are on the higher end of this range. You need to determine your individual child's sleep needs by observing what their mood & behaviour are like after their naps; are they happy or are they irritable & upset? Note that some babies wake up upset regardless of how long they slept for, but their mood gets better after a few minutes of waking up.

What wake windows should my 9-10 month old have?

A 9-10 month old baby usually stays awake for about 3 to 3.5 hours before needing a nap. In the morning, these awake times are often shorter, but as the day goes on and the baby gets a bit older, they tend to get longer. You are aiming for a total of 2.5-3.5 hours of daytime sleep.

Here's a typical routine for a baby between 9 and 10 months old:

9-10 month old Sample Schedule:

Note: Please keep in mind that these are just examples. It's important to pay attention to your baby's signs of hunger and how long they nap to decide whether to feed them before or after their nap. Make sure to observe your baby and be attentive to their specific requirements.

How many naps should my baby be taking at 9-10 months of age?

They generally need 2 naps. If your baby is taking more than 2 naps because they're short, it's a good idea to check their wake windows to make sure it's right for their age. While most babies switch from 3 naps to 2 around 7.5 to 8 months old, some might not be ready to make that change until 9 months old. This is truly because every baby is unique with different sleep needs. It is important to observe your individual bub & know how much sleep they actually need.

When your baby is ready for a nap transition, remember that it will take time and consistency. It's common for the transition to take 2 to 4 weeks before your baby fully adjusts. Stay open to changing bedtime during this transition! You might have to shift bedtime as early as 6:00-6:30pm while your baby gets used to fewer naps and longer periods of awake time. If you need more assistance with nap changes, check out my 5-24 Months Sleep Guidewhich covers nap transitions, formal nap training, age-appropriate methods to help your little one sleep, early morning waking & so much more.

Tip: Don't let your little one nap longer than 2 hours to ensure they are getting their calories up during the day (feeding every 2.5-3 hours) & also to make sure they are not getting too much sleep during the day, which can result in frequent night wakes, split nights or early rising.

If you’re wanting 1:1 support, I also have options available for you. Individual babies have unique sleep patterns and needs, and what works for one may not work for another. My 1:1 support will help you in choosing a responsive method that sits comfortably with you and best suits your bub and their temperament. These options are for 5 months to 4 years old. If you would like to know more about what working together might look like and learn more about my methods, I’m happy to chat. Book your free 15 minute discovery call here. This is your no obligation pathway to better rest.

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