Around 8 months your baby’s sleep is starting to change once again! The 8 month sleep regression can happen anytime between 8, 9 and 10 months (which is why some also call it the 9 month sleep regression and 10 month sleep regression), and is tied to your baby’s rapid development. Let’s look at all the changes your baby is going through during this sleep regression stage. Read more to learn what you can expect from the 8 month sleep regression phase an tips to help you get through it.
8 Month Sleep Regression… Or is it the 9 Month Sleep Regression, or 10 Month Sleep Regression?
Who knew once your baby finally got the hang of sleeping, and you were finally getting more sleep at night, it would only be hindered by one sleep regression after another and everything would be thrown out of whack!
If you’re asking yourself, what the heck is going on with my baby’s sleep because everything seems out of sorts in your home, you might be going through a major sleep regression which can happen between 8 and 10 months.
If might be the 8 Month Sleep Regression If Your Baby Has Begun…
- Refusing to nap
- Waking regularly at night
- Hungry more often than normal
- Close to a major milestone or recently hit one such as crawling, starting solids, standing up, pulling up or walking
The good news is that this sleep regression stage isn’t nearly as hard as the major 4 month sleep regression. This phase is directly related to your baby’s rapid development and sleep will generally resume on its own.
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Examining the Growth Milestones of the 8 Month Old Sleep
In general, sleep regressions are synched with learning a new skill, development and even growth spurts. At the 8 to 9-month mark, your baby is rapidly developing gross motor skills, sign language, learning to crawl, pulling up on the couch and other furniture, and has become quite active.
Your baby may also be teething, eating more solids (a fun, new experience), have an increased ability to communicate, experiencing separation anxiety and their social world could be expanding with new playgroups and outings.
These factors can contribute to dramatic changes in sleep patterns, but you also need to look at the environment and see if anything has changed to cause a major sleep disturbance.
Sleep Environment Can Contribute to the 8 Month Old Sleep Regression
Your baby’s environment can also lead to the 8, 9 and 10 month old sleep regression if there have been drastic changes recently.
- Is your baby going to bed at the right time to get the proper amount of sleep they need? (see this sleep chart for the recommended hours of daily sleep between nap & bedtime)
- Check the baby’s sleep environment (temperature too warm or cold, is the room too light, bedding, detergent, cleaning products, etc.)
- How many naps a day does your baby take? At this age, it should be two solid naps a day but are they spaced out appropriate before bedtime? (3.5 – 4 hours from end of naptime until down for bedtime is the rule of thumb)
- Do they rely on a pacifier that can be disrupting sleep?
- Have you moved to a new home?
- Allergies or intolerances to new food in their diet trying out solids?
- Overstimulation that’s causing trouble falling asleep?
- Is your baby getting enough time to connect with you before bedtimes, especially if you work during the day?
- Are they getting enough daylight exposure during the day?
- Are they going to bed overtired?
- Do you have a consistent bedtime routine for your baby to help settle them to sleep?
- Have you welcome a new baby to your family?
What to do To Help Your Baby Through the 8 Month (or 9 or 10 Month) Sleep Regression
Assess everything going on in your baby’s life and environment. It’s easy to assume sleep problems are due to teething or a phase, but waking up more than 3 or 4 times a night shows signs your baby is going through a sleep regression.
However, if your baby had trouble sleeping at 4 months, 5 months, 6 months, and 7 months, the problem is probably bigger than a sleep regression. This is a problem which needs to be addressed.
What you don’t want to do when dealing with a sleep regression stage is to let little fixes become long term habits such as co-sleeping or sitting next to your baby’s bed for an hour while they fall asleep. Sleep associates are tough to break when you become part of the sleep routine, instead of your child learning to self soothe and put themselves back to sleep when they wake too early.
A sleep regression stage may last several weeks, but if you start these habits while dealing you’re your baby’s 8 month sleep regression, then the habit can last much, much longer.
Here is what you can do to help through this the 8 month sleep regression stage:
- Be consistent with your daily routine
- Establish a peaceful bedtime routine with as little stimulation as possible
- Make sure the bedtime you’re using is age-appropriate for your baby’s age and sleep needs (see this chart for the recommended number of hours of daily sleep)
- Do your best to make sure they’re getting good naps so they’re not overtired by bedtime which can lead to night waking
- If your baby is teething, look for teething remedies to help during the night
- Be patient. Major developments takes time for the excitement to wear off and there is no quick fix for sleep regressions. Only time, consistency and patience will work in your favor.
How Long Does a Sleep Regression Stage Last?
In general, you’ll get past a sleep regression phase in 1 to 4 weeks, although some babies can take as long as 6 weeks before they’re back to normal sleeping patterns. Be patient, this sleep regression is one of the easier ones to get through and all the excitement and growth your baby is going through during the daytime makes up for extra night waking.
Resources on Sleep Regression, Sleep Solutions and Daily Routines:
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Additional Reading on This Topic of Sleep Regressions and Sleep Habits:
- Signs It’s Time to Move to One Nap a Day: How to Master the Nap Transition
- Scared of the Dark: How to Conquer Nighttime Fears
- Making the Transition to a Big Kid Bed
- How to Ease Separation Anxiety in Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers
- 8 Common Toddler Sleep Problems & How to Handle Them
- 7 Ways to Beat Bedtime Stalling with Young Kids
- Is Your Kid Waking Up Too Early? How to Fix It
- 10 Helpful Ways to Calm the Kid Who Fights Bedtime
- Toddler Sleep Regressions: What You Need to Know About Your Two Year Old’s Sleep
- How to Establish a Peaceful Bedtime Routine for Your Baby
- How to Survive the 18 Month Sleep Regression & 2 Year Sleep Regressions Without Going Crazy
- Comprehensive Sleep Charts & Sleep Guidelines for Infants Through Adolescents
- The Benefits of Having a Daily Routine
- Create an Awesome Routine for Better Sleep Habits