Naps & Awake Times
- Your 9 month old should nap a total of 2-3 hours everyday.
- This is usually divided between 2-3 naps.
- Most babies transition from 3 to 2 naps at this age
- Your baby will nap best with awake times of 2.5 – 3.5 hours.
- Bedtime for your 9 month old should fall between 6:30-8 pm.
- Most 9 month olds need 11-12 hours sleep at night.
- Most 9 month olds can sleep all night without waking to feed!
- Your baby’s growth and weight gain will determine if he needs night feeds. It’s best to ask your baby’s doctor if he still needs night feeds. And check out my Weaning Night Feedings Guide.
Total sleep in 24 hours
- 13-15 hours. Make sure your 9 month old is sleeping at least 13 hours total each day.
*Expect a rough patch during the 8-10 month sleep regression.
Day and night sleep work hand-in-hand. Sleep problems like night wakings and fighting bedtime or naps are often caused by an inconsistent daily schedule.
Routines are essential for helping babies sleep well. A consistent sleep schedule sets your baby’s block clock to sleep at predictable times, making it easier for her to settle for naps and at bedtime. It’s essential that your baby naps often and enough everyday.
Your 9 month old needs 2-3 hours sleep during the day. This is the combination of all naps.
If your baby sleeps less than 2 hours during the day, over-tiredness will make her restless, hard to settle, and unable to sleep long stretches.
If your baby sleeps more than 3 hours during the day, she may not be tired enough to sleep through the night. Too much daytime sleep can also push bedtime late or make your baby wake early in the morning.
Your 9 month old’s awake times should be 2.5 – 3.5 hours.
Babies can’t handle being awake for long periods. Some babies show signs that they’re sleepy like rubbing their eyes, yawning or “zoning out.” This makes it easy for parents to know it’s time for a nap.
Other babies give their parents no sleepy signs! They can go all day without appearing to need a nap. Don’t be fooled mama! These babies need to nap just as much as other babies.
So make sure your 9 month old naps often (every 2.5 – 3.5 hours) and enough (a total of 2-3 hours.) If your baby goes to daycare, ask them to follow awake times too.
If you haven’t yet started a sleep schedule for your baby, this sample daily schedule will help you create one.
9 month old sample sleep schedules
* These are by-the-clock events, so try to keep them on a fixed schedule. This sets your baby’s body clock, making sleep come easier over time.
If your baby wakes at a different time in the morning, move your schedule accordingly.
The purpose of a bedtime routine is to calm your baby in the evening, so that her body can relax and welcome sleep. Certain activities have been proven to relax babies, and when done in the right order, it sets your baby up for sleeping longer at night.
Every baby will benefit from a calming and peaceful bedtime routine each evening. Plus, research has shown that including Dad in baby’s bedtime routine decreases paternal stress and helps him bond with baby.
It’s never too late to start a relaxing bedtime routine. It’s something that will soothe your 9 month old when she’s sick, teething, going through a regression or when traveling. So make sure to keep up with it every night.
My free Exhausted Mom’s Survival Kit walks you through the steps of starting a relaxing and peaceful bedtime routine for your baby.
Many parents think that it doesn’t matter what time their baby goes to bed. I really wish this were true! But research has shown that late or inconsistent bedtimes lead to worse sleep in children, higher aggression and attention problems.
Babies really do have a “sweet spot” for bedtime and when you get your baby to sleep at the right time he will settle easily, sleep longer stretches and sleep later in the morning. I’ve seen this works with hundreds of babies!
Your 9 month old’s bedtime should fall between 6:30-8 pm. This is the range for bedtime. But make sure your baby’s bedtime doesn’t vary by more than 20 minutes each night.
Inconsistency with your baby’s bedtime makes it harder for him to settle and fall asleep. Your baby will fight bedtime if it falls at different times each day.