Looking for an optimal 7-month-old sleep schedule for your baby? Here’s a sample sleep schedule with feeding and sleeping for your 7-month old!
7 month olds can stay awake longer, show so much personality, may be ready to drop night feeds, and are ready to establish more regular and reliable daily routines.
Let’s walk through the most important elements of a 7-month-old sleep schedule and help your family settle into a routine that works for everyone!
How Many Naps Should My 7 Month Old Take?
At 7 months old babies need 2–3 naps. I recommend aiming for 2 to 4 hours of daytime sleep each day.
This is the age I usually see babies ready to transition from 3 to 2 naps.
Your baby might be ready to drop that third nap, especially if they are:
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Taking short naps
- Taking more than 15 minutes to fall asleep at nap time or bedtime
- Having a split night (waking up for long periods in the middle of the night.)
What is A Good Time to Put a 7 Month Old to Bed?
A good bedtime for your 7 month old is between 7–8 p.m, making sure the last nap ends 3 to 3.5 hours before bedtime.
Usually, their longest wake window is before bed.
Babies usually have their shortest wake window at the beginning of the day, before they go down for their first nap time.
That means the first wake window might be as short as 2.5 hours after they wake up in the morning, with about a 3-hour wake window before they go down for their second nap.
The maximum amount of time that your 7 month old should stay awake is 3.5 hours. If you stretch it any longer than that, you might be dealing with an overtired baby at bed time.
Sample Schedule for a 7-Month-Old on 2 Naps
Here is my favorite sleep schedule for 7 month old babies after they’ve transitioned to two naps.
Wake windows are distributed nicely throughout the day, with two solid naps.
7:00 am: Wake up + nurse or bottle
8:30 am: Solids/Breakfast
9:30 to 11:00 am: Nap
11:00 am: Nurse or bottle
12:00 pm: Solids/Lunch
1:30 pm: Small nurse or bottle (if needed)
2:00 to 3:30 pm: Nap
3:30 pm: Nurse or bottle
5:30 pm: Solids/Dinner
6:30 pm: Start baby’s bedtime routine + nurse or bottle
7:00 pm: Bedtime
Sample Schedule for a 7-Month-Old on 3 Naps
Not all babies are ready to drop the third nap at 7 months, so there is some variation in this schedule.
If your baby still needs 3 naps, here’s a sample sleep schedule:
How Much Sleep Do 7-Month-Olds Need?
7-month-olds should get about 12-15 hours of sleep each day. That includes night time sleep and naps together.
How Long Should a 7-Month-Old Sleep at Night?
Your 7 month old should be able to sleep 10 to 12 hours at night.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the 7 Month Old Sleep Schedule
Why Isn’t My 7 Month Old Sleeping?
There could be a number of things interfering with your 7 month old’s sleep including:
Is There A Sleep Regression at 7 Months?
Some babies hit what is commonly referred to as the 6 month sleep regression between 6 to 8 months of age. This is largely related to all of those new skills and developmental milestones they’ve been working on.
Stay consistent in your approach and the regression should leave just as quickly as it came.
How Many Night Feedings Does A 7 Month Old Need?
Many 7-month-old babies have dropped night feedings and are sleeping through the night now, or are metabolically able to if they aren’t there yet!
If your baby is still waking up multiple times in the middle of the night you can use a sleep training method to help them learn independent sleep. I’ve worked with several babies at this age and they all have done wonderfully!
Can I Sleep Train My 7 Month Old?
7 months old is the most common age that I work with. You can sleep train at this age and it usually goes really well! If you want a step-by-step approach to sleep training, check out the Baby D.R.E.A.M. System.
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If you have any questions about your 7 month old’s sleep schedule, leave them in the comments and we’ll try to help troubleshoot!