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Schedule for 8 month old

What’s everyones bottle, food and nap schedule like for their 8 month olds? How many ounces of milk are you giving? Are they waking during the night? Our schedule is as follows; - 7am 7oz bottle - 8am 30-45min nap - 9am 2-3oz baby food - 11am 7oz bottle - 1230/1pm 1-2hr nap - 130pm 2-3oz baby food (if she sleeps pst 130 we skip the baby food) - 3pm 7oz bottle - 430pm 30-45min nap - 5pm 2-3oz baby food - 7pm 7oz bottle If she wakes during the night we try to sooth before giving a bottle, for the last 2 weeks we’ve been giving her 4oz bottle during the night Some days she doesn’t want to take the last nap. She’ll get really fussy since she’s been up since 130pm-230pm and bedtime isn’t until atleast 7pm. Is it time to get rid of the third nap and change the schedule around. If so, what do people recommend?

  • Michaela
    Mar 01

    My son dropped the third nap at 8 months. He adjusted himself within a week or so to take the other two later. I know not every baby is the same but could you push her 8:00 nap later?

  • Jackie
    Mar 01

    Yea probably. What time was your sons naps and bottles? Did he sleep through the night?

  • Amanda
    Mar 02

    At 8 months we sleep trained my son. He was at 2 naps after that both lasting about 1hr. First nap at 10 or 11am. Second nap at 3pm Since sleep training my son still sleeps 7pm to 7am. Now he is 2 and takes one nap from 2-4pm. We've always fed on demand since he was born. As he got older he naturally fell into 3 meals and 2 snacks though lately he does 3 meals and 1 snack.

  • Jenn
    Mar 02

    My baby is 9 months, but she has been on this schedule for a while: 6-6:30 awake and a 5oz bottle, then breakfast (she usually has scrambled eggs or toast with peanut butter and fruit). Anywhere from 8:30-9:30 nap for about 30-45 mins. 10:30 7oz bottle (she doesn't always drink it all) 12:00 lunch (either 4 oz of baby food or finger food and 2 oz of baby food). 1-1:30 nap for about 2-2.5 hours. 3:30-4 5-7oz bottle. 5:15 dinner (lots of finger foods with 2oz baby food). 6:30 4-5 oz bottle. 6:45 bed. She dropped down to about 20-21oz at 8 months when she started eating a lot more solids. She doesn't wake at night unless its teething. I also shifted her naps at that age because she was waking up super early, so I pushed her to stay awake a little longer during each awake time and she easily went to 2 naps.

  • Jackie
    Mar 02

    We haven’t done too many solids she still does baby food (I’m so afraid of solids since she’s only got 2 teeth. I know gums are strong. I’m gonna take a first aid class once we get back from vacation). She’ll eat anywhere from 5-9oz baby food a day and have 25-30oz formula. Sounds like a lot but she’s not a big baby (just over the 50th percentile). How do you get your LO to stay down for 2 hours? We’ve been lucky a few times but it’s not consistent enough. I do believe she’s teething now since she’s been super clingy during sleeptimes.

  • Jenn
    Mar 02

    Well if she wakes up crying, it usually means she needs more sleep, so I leave her in there. She usually falls back to sleep within 5 mins now. I used the Ferber method with her when I sleep-trained, so I did the same thing at nap and it worked. And yes, gums are strong. You can always give really soft foods like scrambled eggs, bananas, soft pasta, and raspberries. My LO will literally eat anything I put in front of her.

  • Jackie
    Mar 03

    During the night she might wake up once and we give her a 4oz bottle if she doesn’t go back to sleep. It’s hard to use the Ferber or any cry it out method because my husband and I have to get up at 2am for work. We also have a 9 year old and the bedrooms are extremely close together. During naps we try and let her cry but she works her self up so much that she won’t go back down. Sometimes if her afternoon (2nd) nap was only 30 mins we’ll hold her and she’ll go back to sleep for another hour but won’t let us put her down. I’m torn on how big of pieces I should give her. I read make sure they are small enough so she won’t choke but then make sure the are big enough (stick shape) so she can pick them up. When I give her a stick of soft sweet potato or broccoli she’ll shove it in her mouth. The stick of veggie is probably 2inches long. Im so confused!!

  • Jenn
    Mar 03

    The biggest thing with sleep training is being consistent, so if you want to do it, then you have to make sure to stick to it fully. It will take some time (a week at the most, but usually less) and she will get it. Also, if she is up longer in between, she will probably sleep longer. As for size of food, it's the right size if it fits between your thumb and pointer finger. Shoving food in their mouths is normal, mine still does it. But they learn what is too much because they gag (also totally normal). When mine first started, I would only put 2 pieces on her tray at a time so she couldn't put so much in. Honestly, the gagging can be nerveracking, but it's a really important part of them learning to eat.

  • Jackie
    Mar 03

    Well have to do something because the not wanting to be put down is getting old especially when it’s bedtime. She does really well with the puffs and veggie curls so I’ll start to introduce solids more Thanks 😁