A 9-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule

Updated Jul 10th 2022 | timer 2  min read

9 months

Written By Mandy Treeby Chief Baby Sleep Consultant

Nine-months is a big one for babies – they’re sitting up, learning new skills, and maybe teething. This can complicate their sleep coaching and make you wonder, “Will my 9-month-old ever sleep through the night again?” or “How long should my 9-month-old nap for, anyway?”

Luckily, we’re here to help!

A Sample 9-Month-Old’s Sleep Schedule:

Keep in mind this timetable is just a sample. Your baby’s unique.

When creating your baby’s sleep schedule, focus less on the clock and more on their wake windows - the amount of time your baby is awake between naps or their last nap and bedtime. – and sleepy cues – the signs they’re tired, like yawning.

If you’re unfamiliar with wake windows or sleepy cues, check out the Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™. This easy-to-use, groundbreaking app is designed to help you use these tools to teach your baby how to fall asleep faster and stay asleep long.

Tip: Follow our guidance on how long your baby should be awake before their next nap or sleep.

Sample Sleep Schedule for 9-Month-Olds with 2 Naps:

“Good morning!”

6:00 AM

Nap 1

8:45-10:15 AM

Awake: 2 hrs. 45 mins.

Nap: 1.5 hr. nap

Nap 2

1:45-3:15 PM

Awake: 3.5 hrs.

Nap: 1.5 hr.

Bedtime Routine

5:45 PM

“Good night!”

6:45 PM

Awake: 3.5 hrs.

Q: Can a 9-month-old baby sleep through the night?

Yes, most 9-month-old babies sleep through the night, though occasionally some still need an early-morning feeding between 3-5 AM.

The Smart Sleep Coach by Pampers™ can help you achieve a more predictable night sleep. It offers step-by-step expert guidance on easy, effective methods for teaching your baby how to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Q: How Many Total Hours Should a 9-Month-Old Sleep?

Continue aiming for about 14 hours over a 24-hour period, just as when your baby was 7-months.

Q: How much nighttime sleep for a 9-month-old?

About 11-12 hours is a good goal.

Q: How much daytime sleep for a 9-month-old?

A goal here is 2-3 hours split between 2 naps. For more on nap transitions, check out our piece on when to transition and why.

Q: What is a 9-month-old’s wake window?

You 9-month-olds will now be awake longer between sleeps: between 2 hours 45 minutes to 3.5 hours. So much great bonding time!

Q: Is there a 9-month-old regression?

Maybe. Some people call it the “ 8-month-regression,” others say “10.”

We can’t say precisely when this regression will start, but there is one around now, yes.

This is for a few reasons:

  • Separation anxiety: Your baby now understands when you leave the room, you’re somewhere else doing something without them. If your baby has separation anxiety, reassure them you’re just in the next room and let them know you’ll check on them in the night. [But if you say that, be sure to do it.]
  • New Skills: Your baby’s learning new skills every day, like sitting up which can be very exciting and keep them up at night.

Also, babies this age may be sitting up in their crib or protesting more at bedtime. While it can sometimes be hard, it’s important to stay consistent with their bedtime to maintain their sleep schedule.

For more on sleep regression, please check out our article on when to expect them and how to thrive through them.