|Jacob, 8 months old|
Here's where we're at right now with my 8 month old son, Jacob. Your 8 month old might have a completely different routine, but sometimes it is nice to look at other
people's to compare. The times are obviously approximates. He isn't a machine :)
6:30 Bed for the night
Jacob sometimes takes a 1.5 nap in the morning. When he does this he'll usually take a longer afternoon nap. He has started to take a 1.5 hour morning nap much of the time this last week so I might increase wake time before his first nap. But he is sick right now so it might just be a fluke. I'm going to wait and see. He may also only need 1.5 hour in the morning now but he has always done great with two hours so I'll first assume he needs 2 hours before leaving things as they are.
Jacob dropped his third nap a couple weeks ago. We were out in the evening for a few days so he couldn't (or more appropriately, wouldn't) take it and from then on he would no longer fall asleep for it. I thought about moving it to a later time but I didn't want to make bedtime too late so we dropped it instead.
Milk and Solids
Right now Jacob nurses 4-5 times a day and eats solids 3 times a day. He does a combination of home made baby food (which I usually batch make, puree and freeze) and some baby-led weaning (finger foods). We didn't start solids until 6 months of age but sleep was still good. He did wake hungry occasionally at night (12 hour period) until 7 months of age and I would just feed him. I figured that he might be hungry since he had little or no solids at this time. I didn't really feel like battling with him over it (if it was a battle that could even be won), especially since I had people in town for several weeks around this time. To me it is worth waking once at night for a feed instead of starting solids early IF that even makes a difference (oh my, what a controversal subject!). At least that is my opinion right now based on the research out there. Over time he woke less often until he no longer woke at night to eat.