March 14, 2024

The 8-10 Month Sleep Regression

The 8-10 Month Sleep Regression

Just when you thought you had this whole sleep thing in the bag, your little one hits the 8-10 month mark, and suddenly, sleep can seem like a distant dream.

Welcome to the 8-10 month sleep regression, a phase that can test the patience of even the most zen parents. But fear not! Understanding this regression and how to navigate it can help you and your baby get back on track.


During this period, your baby is going through a whirlwind of development. From mastering crawling to possibly taking their first steps, and even experiencing a burst in brain development - it's all happening! These exciting milestones, however, can disrupt their previously predictable sleep patterns. 


Resistance to Nap Time: Suddenly, your once nap-happy baby treats nap time like a thing of the past.

Frequent Night Wakes: Just when you thought night feedings were reducing, your baby decides nighttime is for partying.

Early Morning Wake-ups: The birds aren't even up yet, but your baby sure is ready to start their day (usually the most frustrating).

Separation Anxiety: Object Permanence starts to develop around this age (understanding you still exist, even if they can't see you) so you may experience a peak in separation anxiety around the 9 month mark.


Patience is Key: Remember, this phase is temporary. Your baby isn't giving you a hard time; they're having a hard time adjusting to their new skills and sensations.

Encourage Day Time Practice: Give your baby plenty of opportunities to practice their new skills during the day. The more they can explore, the less they'll feel the need to do it at night.

Stick to Routines: Consistency with your bedtime and nap time routines provides a sense of security and predictability for your baby, helping them feel more ready to sleep.

Adjust Wake Windows: Your baby's awake windows might need tweaking. They might be able to stay awake a little longer before needing to sleep again. Pay attention to their sleep cues to find the right balance.

Offer Comfort: This period can be as frustrating for your baby as it is for you. Offer extra cuddles and reassurance to help them feel secure.

Seek Support if Needed: If sleep becomes too elusive and the household's well-being is affected, it might be time to get some support.


As daunting as the 8-10 month regression might seem, it's a sign of your baby's remarkable growth and development. With patience, consistency, and a few adjustments, this challenging phase will soon be a memory, and restful nights will return.

Remember, each baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Trust your instincts, and don't hesitate to reach out for support if you need it. 

Need some help to tackle the 8-10 month regression? Let's embrace this growth together and navigate towards smoother sleep.

  • Our 3-12 Month Sleep Guide has lots of further information on sleep regressions and support that can help you through.
  • For parents struggling with several things such as catnapping, frequent night waking, early morning rising or things that simply no longer work, have a look at our Phone + One Week Support option.
  • Not sure what is right for you? Get on the phone to one of our experienced consultants with our FREE 15min Discovery Call