Consistency and routine are essential for helping babies sleep well. A consistent sleep schedule sets your baby’s block clock to sleep at certain times, making it easier for her to settle for naps and at bedtime.
If you already have a daily schedule for your baby, stick to it as closely as possible. Even if your 8 month old is fighting sleep, it’s best to keep her sleep routines familiar.
If you haven’t yet started a sleep schedule for your baby, these sample daily schedules will help you create one.
Sample daily schedules for 8 month olds
- Milk & solids can be combined or staggered depending on baby’s preference.
- On-demand breastfeeders do not need to follow a strict feeding schedule.
Growth spurts and development make babies hungrier. The best way to prevent your 8 month old from waking up hungry in the night is to feed him often during the day.
If your baby suddenly wants to eat more one night, let him. But make sure to feed him more the following day too. You may offer feeds more frequently or a larger volume at each feed. This helps him get the extra calories needed to fuel this growth spurt, but aims to keep the majority of these feeds happening during the day. So he can sleep longer at night!
Most babies are ready to sleep through the night (without feeding) by 8-9 months. Ask your baby’s doctor is your little one is ready.