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What’s the Best 10-Month-Old Sleep Schedule?

2 years ago6 min read
Last updated: Jan 20 2023

Being the mama of a 10-month-old baby can be a lot of fun as you watch your little one become ever more curious about the world around them.

10-Month-Old Sleep Schedule?

But it can also be pretty exhausting at times. And that’s why a good 10-month-old sleep schedule is important—to give you both a chance to recharge your batteries.

Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach here. While we’ll suggest some approximate timings for a good sleep schedule below, you shouldn’t worry if you need to tweak them to suit your baby.

Okay, let’s take a look.

In this article 📝

  • What does a 10-month-old sleep schedule look like?
  • Awake time for 10-month-old babies
  • How much should a 10-month-old sleep?
  • How many naps should a 10-month-old take?
  • What time should a 10-month-old go to bed?
  • How many times does a 10-month-old wake up at night?
  • Is there a sleep regression at 10 months?

What does a 10-month-old sleep schedule look like?

As a general rule, a typical 10-month-old sleep schedule looks like this: An early start to the day, followed by a morning and an afternoon nap (the days of three naps are behind you now), and bedtime in the early evening.

Awake time for 10-month-old babies

A balanced sleep schedule for 10-month-old babies will usually allow awake times of 3 to 3.75 hours between sleep periods.

You’ll probably find that it works well to make the first awake time of the day the shortest, and then the windows of wakefulness will lengthen slightly as you go through the day.

How much should a 10-month-old sleep?

To be happy and well-rested, a 10-month-old baby typically needs about 14 hours of sleep in total per day.

That’s 11 to 12 hours at night and 2 to 3 hours during the daylight hours, spread out over two naps.

If you feel that your baby seems to need less sleep than the average, that’s okay, but it’s still important that they get at least 10 hours of sleep at night.

How many naps should a 10-month-old take?

It’s normal for a 10-month-old nap schedule to include two naps every day. Each nap will last around 1 to 1.5 hours, and you’ll leave 3 to 3.75 hours of awake time between naps.

The first nap will usually be about 3 hours after your baby has woken up in the morning. So, say they’ve greeted the day at 6:30am, their first nap would start at 9:30am and last until 10:30 to 11am.

If we imagine your baby has woken up from their morning nap at 10:30am and then you have 3.5 hours of awake time, the afternoon nap would start at 2pm. And then they’ll be waking up raring to go again at 3 to 3:30pm.

If you’ve got a baby who enjoys slightly longer naps than the usual 1 to 1.5 hours, that’s not necessarily a problem—as long as they’re still sleeping for at least 10 hours during the night.

What time should a 10-month-old go to bed?

The best bedtime for 10-month-old babies is a time that will make sure they get at least 10 hours of sleep at night, and preferably 11 to 12.

To work this out, simply think about the time that your baby wakes up in the morning and count forward 12 to 13 hours.

For example, if your baby wakes up at 6:30am, their ideal bedtime will probably be between 6:30 and 7:30pm.

How many times does a 10-month-old wake up at night?

Many 10-month-old babies can sleep for 11 to 12 hours through the night without needing any help from you.

Especially if they’ve developed strong independent sleeping skills and are eating well during the day, you may not hear a peep out of them until morning.

Some babies may still be waking up at night at this age, though. But it’s hard to put a number on how many times. It might be once for an early morning feed, if that’s needed to help them sleep through the rest of the night.

Or it could be multiple times if they’re going through a 10-month sleep regression phase.

Is there a sleep regression at 10 months?

It’s not uncommon for babies to go through a sleep regression (a period where their sleep routine gets temporarily interrupted) at 8 to 10 months old.

These regressions can happen when your little one is going through a key developmental phase or learning a new skill.

At 10 months, that could be crawling or pulling themselves up onto furniture, for example.

All that excitement can mean that your baby is restless when it comes to naptime or bedtime.

They want to be spending time practicing and enjoying their new abilities, not wasting time with boring old sleep! But there are some things you can do to help them settle down and get some rest (so you can get some, too).

Here are our tips:

  • Stick with the morning nap. Your baby might feel that morning naps are so last month, and they’d much rather have extra play-time, but try to hold firm. Ensuring they get that first nap of the day will help prevent overtiredness and a more disturbed night’s sleep. But…
  • Keep naps short and sweet. Really long naps can lead to your baby being less tired at night and struggling to fall asleep. Try to keep naps to around 3 hours per day in total (4 max).
  • Make naptime crib-time. For a better night’s sleep, try putting your baby down for their naps in their crib as much as possible. Then, when it comes to nighttime, the crib will be a familiar place for them—somewhere they can feel safe and secure.
  • Fill awake time with fun. If your baby’s enthusiasm for practicing a new skill is keeping them up at night, aim to give them lots of practice opportunities in the daytime (check out our fun activities for 10-month-old babies). This may help them feel less restless during the night.
  • Perfect the bedtime routine. With 10 months of parenting under your belt, you’re probably a pro at the bedtime routine already. Building up to bedtime in a predictable and relaxing way (bath, book, cuddles) can really help your baby settle.
  • Have a go at sleep training. If you haven’t tried sleep training before, now might be the time to start. There are lots of different methods out there aimed at helping your baby to sleep more independently, so you can pick one that feels right for you both.

Why not ask the other mamas on Peanut for their top sleep tips? Wishing you and your baby a peaceful night. 😴

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