Wow! Your little one has just turned 10 months old! This can be such a busy age for babies. Many babies are doing their very best to move any way that they can. Some babies may be army crawling everywhere and other babies may be cruising furniture or taking their first steps. 10 month old babies are often getting messy in the kitchen testing out new solid foods and using their hands to explore their surroundings. It can be such a cute and sweet stage, unless your baby is keeping you up at all hours of the night!
There are two types of parents with 10 month old babies. Ones whose babies sleep great (because they were sleep trained or just fell into it.) And those who struggle daily because their 10 month old won’t sleep. Parents may be experiencing crib refusals, short naps, or crying throughout the night.
Sleep training young babies involves some guesswork and flexibility. However, sleep training 10 month old babies is more straight-forward. At 10 months old, your baby can learn to settle herself to sleep, wean off night feeds, sleep through the night and take long naps. Your 10 month old can have a predictable bedtime and naptime schedule.
You may feel like you have a better chance of winning the lottery than you do getting your baby sleeping well. But I promise, a clear plan and some dedication will get you there!
Is your 10 month old not sleeping through the night? Does your 10 month old need to be held to sleep? Is your 10 month old waking up at night for a bottle or breastmilk? Is there a 10 month old sleep regression? If you’ve turned into a walking “Mombie” or “Dadbie”, then this guide is just for you!
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Your 10 Month Old’s Sleep: What You Can Expect
The key to ensuring that your baby sleeps well is understanding what is realistic for your baby’s age. This chart discusses realistic expectations for your 10 month old baby’s sleep!
Naps & Wake Windows
Your 10 month old baby should nap a total of 2-3 hours everyday.
This is usually divided between 2 naps.
Your baby will be ready to transition from 3 to 2 naps when she can nap longer than 1 hour.
Your baby will nap best with wake windows between 2.5 – 3.5 hours.
Bedtime should fall between 6:30-8 pm.
Try to keep your baby’s bedtime within a 15 minute range each night. (Super consistent bedtimes lead to the best night sleep.)
Most 10 month olds sleep between 11-12 hours per night.
At 10 months old, most babies can sleep through the night without any feedings!
Your baby’s growth and weight gain will determine if he needs night feeds. Best to ask your baby’s doctor.
If your baby has been cleared for night weaning, check out my Weaning Night Feedings Guide.
Total sleep in 24 hours
*There may be a rough patch during the 8-10 month sleep regression.
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Sleep Training Your 10 Month Old: 6 Essential Steps
If your 10 month old isn’t sleeping well during the night, I recommend following these 7 sleep training steps tips to get your 10 month old baby sleeping better at night.
Step 1: Create a sleep-inducing space
Your baby’s sleep environment will “make or break” his sleep. If your baby’s sleep space is too bright, stimulating or uncomfortable it will result in fighting bedtime, waking at night or waking early in the morning.
10 month old babies get distracted easily and sometimes it just takes adding or removing a few things to make your baby’s bedroom better suited for falling and staying asleep. This is the easiest sleep training step for your 10 month old!
I cover how to create a sleep-inducing space in my Exhausted Mom’s Starter Kit! You’ll get 3 simple but effective tips you can start tonight to get your baby sleeping great. Parents reach out to me within 1-2 days telling me their baby suddenly slept through the night because of these tips!
Put your baby in a sleep sack
Don’t you sometimes wake at night searching for your duvet that was kicked off hours ago? Our body temperature is highest at bedtime, but drops during the night. We all cool off during the night and will wake to find a missing blanket. Your baby shouldn’t sleep with a loose blanket for two reasons.
First, it’s not safe. Loose blankets can be kicked onto your baby’s face. Although suffocation is more of a risk for young, immobile babies, it’s nothing you want keeping you up at night!
Second, I can guarantee that your baby will kick off her blanket 347 times each night, making YOU get up each time to replace.
Avoid the frustration of loose blankets by having your baby sleep in a sleep sack. Sleep sacks are wearable blankets and they’re amazing! They keep your baby warm, cosy and safe all night (and give parents peace of mind!)
Sleep sacks are safe to use long-term for babies that can roll, stand, crawl and walk.
Transition your baby to the crib
If your baby won’t sleep in their crib at 10 months old and instead sleeps in a DockaTot, Rock n Play or any other “lounger” it’s time to move him to the crib. At 10 months, most babies are rolling, sitting and starting to crawl or cruise. A cozy, nest-like pod may have helped your young baby sleep well, but your older baby needs space to move around and get himself into different sleep positions. Imagine if you had to sleep in one position all night! You’d wake with numb, tingling limbs!
As babies become mobile they need room to roll around and get themselves comfortable. This is vital for self-soothing (something your 10 month old baby is capable of.) Plus, the crib is the safest sleep space for little ones. So transition your baby to the crib now, where he’ll happily sleep for the next few years!
Here are my guides for transitioning out of the DockaTot and Rock n Play.
Step 2: Start a relaxing bedtime routine
The purpose of a bedtime routine is to calm your baby every evening, so that her body can relax and welcome sleep. In fact, research shows that a consistent bedtime routine helps children fall asleep quicker, wake less often at night and improves maternal mood. (A triple win!)
For this reason, a consistent and relaxing bedtime routine for your 10 month old is an essential sleep training step. Because your baby’s bedtime routine helps her relax and fall asleep, it’s something you want to do everyday. It can calm and settle your baby when she’s sick, teething, going through a regression and even when you travel.
My Exhausted Mom’s Starter Kit walks you through the steps of creating a peaceful bedtime routine. Doing just these steps alone often helps babies sleep longer at night right away!
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Step 3: Give your baby a consistent bedtime
Many parents think that it doesn’t matter what time their baby goes to bed. If only this were true! But the reality is that late or inconsistent bedtimes lead to worse sleep, higher aggression and attention problems in children.
Babies really do have a “sweet spot” for bedtime and when you get your baby to sleep at the right time, she will settle easily, sleep longer stretches and sleep later in the morning. I’ve personally seen this work with thousands of babies!
Your 10 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 15 minutes each night.
Inconsistency with your baby’s bedtime makes it harder for her to settle and fall asleep. Your baby will fight bedtime if it falls at different times each day.
Step 4: Remove any sleep props
“Sleep associations” are the props or conditions that we need in order to relax and fall asleep. If your baby is used to being rocked or nursed to sleep, then he associates these activities with falling asleep. He’s gotten used to you helping him fall asleep and removing them is how we get baby to sleep longer stretches at night.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with this! It’s just that he’ll also need your help each time he wakes at night or early from a nap. If this is the case for your little one, then it’s time to teach him how to fall asleep on his own. Babies develop this skill at 5-6 months, so your 10 month old is capable of it.
When your baby can go into his crib awake and settle himself to sleep on his own, he’ll be able to resettle himself each time he stirs at night. (Most babies stir at least 4 times each night.) Adults stir often too, but we are able to put ourselves back to sleep and don’t realize it!
We always begin sleep training at bedtime. Once you get your baby falling asleep on his own at bedtime, he’ll naturally extend his nighttime sleep stretches and he’ll only wake and call out for you when he’s hungry.
So, you and your 10 month old are ready for sleep training! But where should you start? If you feel like you need support and assistance with sleep training, then I highly recommend checking out my program, 21 Days to Peace & Quiet. My program will guide you step-by-step through teaching your baby to fall asleep independently. It’s a proven, step-by-step program that has several sleep training methods you can choose from and will teach you exactly how to put your 10 month old to sleep. You choose the one that feels best for your little one. We have super gentle and gradual all the way to quick and efficient. Each of the step, you get advice based on your baby’s developmental stage, energy levels, and temperament.
Step 5: Wake your baby at the same time every morning
It may sound insane to wake your baby up in the morning, especially if she doesn’t sleep well at night. But believe me, it works! It’s a simple sleep training trick that leads to more predictable days, which helps moms and babies thrive. Moms can better plan their days and know what to expect. More importantly,babies sleep better with consistent sleep times.
If your baby’s morning wake time varies by 1-2 hours everyday, then nap times and bedtime will too. This makes it hard to make plans, run errands and settle into a peaceful evening routine. So if you’re desperate for a more consistent sleep schedule for your 10 month old, do yourself a favor and set your alarm each morning.
The best time to wake your baby each morning should fall right in the middle of her typical wake times. Write down the time your baby naturally wakes in the morning for the next week. Then pick the time that falls right in the middle of this range. That’s your new wake up time!
Step 6. Keep an eye on baby’s wake windows
“Wake windows” are simply the periods of time that your baby is awake throughout the day. Recommended wake windows for your 10 month old are 2.5 – 3.5 hours.
If wake windows are too short, your baby may not be tired enough and ready to sleep. If your 10 month old’s wake windows are too long, your baby may become overtired or overstimulated, which makes it very hard to settle for sleep.
If your 10 month old has 3 short naps you’ll need shorter wake windows, like 2-3 hours. If your baby takes 2 long naps, you’ll need longer wake windows of 2.5 – 3.5 hours. Some babies can even handle being awake 4 hours before bedtime.
The majority of babies are ready to take 2 naps per day and this guide helps you transition from 3 to 2 naps.
Here are some example 10 month old sleep schedules
If baby wakes at 6 am
6:00 Wake, milk*
8:30 Morning nap*
10:00 Wake, milk*
1:00 Afternoon nap
2:30 Wake, milk, snack
4:30 Set the scene for relaxation*
5:00 Dinner, bath*
5:45 Peaceful Nightly Ritual, top-up feed*
6 – 6:30 Asleep*
If baby wakes at 7 am
7:00 Wake, milk*
9:30 Morning nap*
11:00 Wake, milk*
2:00 Afternoon nap
3:30 – 4 Wake, milk, solids
5:30 Set the scene for relaxation*
6:00 Dinner, bath*
6:45 Peaceful Nightly Ritual, top-up feed*
7 – 7:30 Asleep*
* 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.
For a baby waking at 6:00am, I would recommend wake windows of 2.5-3-3.5 hours. This means 2.5 hours of awake time before nap 1, 3 hours of awake time before nap 2, and 3.5/4 hours of awake time before bedtime. Of course, you know your little one best in terms of nutrition. Your schedule may alter based on meals, snacks, and milk! Definitely remember to set the scene for relaxation. Babies at this age are just so busy and really need to calm down their bodies and brains in order to fall asleep peacefully.
For a baby waking at 7:00am, I would recommend wake windows of 2.5-3-3.5 hours. This means 2.5 hours of awake time before nap 1, 3 hours of awake time before nap 2, and 3.5/4 hours of awake time before bedtime. Of course, you know your little one best in terms of nutrition. Your schedule may alter based on meals, snacks, and milk! Definitely remember to set the scene for relaxation. Babies at this age are just so busy and really need to calm down their bodies and brains in order to fall asleep peacefully.
If your baby wakes at a different time in the morning, move your schedule accordingly to keep your 10 month old’s nap schedule consistent. You always want to make sure to move naps and meals. It is best to try and keep the sleep body clock and food body clock aligned! I can also help with tackling daylight savings and toddler sleep, which is much easier when your toddler is already on a consistent schedule.
It is so exhausting when our babies aren’t sleeping well! If your 10 month old isn’t taking great naps or is restless all night long, or even if your 10 month old won’t sleep unless held, I promise that you are not alone. Your 10 month old can sleep through the night and sleep training is the key! Sleep training your 10 month old doesn’t have to be big and scary. It’s all about recognizing the importance of a consistent sleep routine and trying your best to keep it up everyday. Many parents often fear that a schedule will keep them from living their lives! A consistent sleep schedule will allow your 10 month old to sleep peacefully at night and be more rested to conquer the day. Your little one CAN still be flexible during family outings or trips and we cover travel tips in my program!
The 6 sleep training steps discussed above will help your 10 month old become a champion sleeper. I can guide you through all of this in more detail in my gentle sleep training program where I have helped thousands of families just like yours.
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Why won’t my 10 month old sleep?
I am sure you are exhausted with your 10 month old waking up at night! If your little one still needs your support to fall asleep (i.e. nursing to sleep, rocking to sleep), then I recommend eliminating these sleep associations and teaching your baby to fall asleep independently. This is because if your little one falls asleep by rocking, then your baby needs rocking to fall back asleep every time she wakes in the middle of the night.
Once your 10 month old can fall asleep independently, then she can sleep through the night. I know how tough it can be to teach this skill to your baby. This is the reason why I created the 21 Days to Peace and Quiet program. I wanted parents to be able to get step by step guidance to walk them through the sleep training process and take the guessing game out of what to do!
If your 10 month old knows how to fall asleep independently, but is still waking up during the night, it could be that your baby needs some schedule adjustments! Definitely check out the recommended schedules above or book a private consultation. We would be happy to chat with you about your individual child and create a customized schedule.
How to get my 10 month old to sleep through the night?
My Exhausted Mom’s Starter Kit will walk you through the bedtime routine steps that will make your evenings more peaceful. It is also important to follow the proper awake times and ensure your baby gets enough day sleep. At this age, 2-3 hours of day sleep is ideal. Being overtired can lead to an increase in night wakings. Lastly, I recommend sleep training your 10 month old! My 21 Days to Peace and Quiet program will help you teach your baby to fall asleep independently and resettle independently in the middle of the night. I promise that amazing sleep is just around the corner!
How much sleep does a 10 month old need?
Every baby is unique and has different sleep needs! The majority of 10 month old babies need between 11-12 hours of overnight sleep and 2-3 hours of daytime sleep split between 2 naps. Don’t worry if your little one is outside this range! If your little one is sleeping a little less than the average but is very happy all day long, then your baby is getting enough sleep. However, if your baby is getting less sleep and very cranky during the day or waking a ton at night, then your 10 month old could be overtired. Definitely reach out to us! We would be happy to help you and your family achieve better sleep!