The 7-month-old sleep schedule is the ultimate balancing task.
On the one hand, your little one is encountering so many wondrous things for the first time. (World meet Baby, Baby meet World)
Their senses are awakened to a whole universe of stimulation. They’re babbling, sitting, scooting, drooling, giggling. Yep, the 7-month-old schedule is a busy one.
On the other hand, they need to get adequate rest so that they can grow and develop.
The reality is, your baby’s friendship with the sandman has a direct bearing on their mental and physical development.
Establishing a good sleep pattern early on, as this study shows, has a lasting impact on all sorts of elements of your child’s emotional and psychological wellbeing.
If you are worried about the quality of your baby’s sleep, you’re not alone. In this study, about 40% of parents reported being concerned about their child’s sleeping patterns.
So, there we have it. Clearly, the job of navigating the quality of your baby’s wake and sleeping time is not an easy one.
In this article 📝
- How to get a 7-month-old on a sleep schedule
- What should a 7-month-old schedule look like?
- How long should a 7-month-old nap?
- 7-month-old nap schedule
- What time should a 7-month-old go to bed?
How to get a 7-month-old on a sleep schedule
The good news is, by the time they reach this point, they should be able to sleep for longer stretches.
This means, of course, that a 7-month-old baby sleep schedule is likely a little more restorative for you than a newborn one.
What should a 7-month-old schedule look like?
According to the Sleep Foundation, babies between four and eleven months old should get between twelve and fifteen hours of sleep a day.
As your baby gets older, the number of naps they take in the day should gradually be replaced with more hours of sleep a night.
By the time your baby reaches seven months, you may have started sleep training.
If you haven’t, don’t worry. It’s not too late. In fact, there are entire books on the topic of starting later.
Human beings love routine. Our circadian rhythms (or sleep-wake cycles) impact our health and performance in many ways.
We develop these cycles at around eight weeks of age.
Honoring these natural sleep-wake cycles with a thoughtful sleep schedule is the best way to get the most out of our rest—and the earlier we do this, the better.
So, rather than trying to fit neatly into a strict universal 7-month-old baby sleep schedule, it may be more useful to find your baby’s own patterns and stick to them.
Don’t worry, we’ll give you some blueprints to help you through.
How long should a 7-month-old nap?
Ah, the joy of being a baby. Imagine naps were mandated in the same way in adult life. What bliss.
By 7 months, your baby will be able to stay awake for about two to three-hour stints—and their naps can be planned accordingly.
How many sleeps a day should a 7-month-old have?
Nap-wise, you’re aiming for two to three nap hours a day and a longer sleep at night. At this age, these hours are usually divided up into three shorter daytime naps.
While no two nap schedules are identical, your baby’s might look something like this:
7-month-old nap schedule
- 6am: Wake up for the day
- 8am - 9am: Naptime (after a little play and a good feed)
- 9am - 12pm: A morning of general awesomeness
- 12pm - 1:30pm: A post-lunch nap
- 1:30pm - 4pm: An afternoon of adventure
- 4pm - 4:30pm: A short nap
- 4:30pm - 7:30pm: An exhilarating evening of bathing, boob or bottling, and book-reading
- 7:30pm: Sleep time
Remember that this is not a prescription. It’s only a suggestion. You do you.
What time should a 7-month-old go to bed?
There’s no right answer to this question. Every family has different needs.
The presence of support structures, your work schedule, and the needs of your other family members will all affect what works best for you.
One way to figure out an appropriate bedtime is to work backward from your morning waking time.
If your baby is waking up too early, your own sleep quality can be affected, so it can work to plan accordingly. (Remembering, of course, that the plan and reality may end up looking very different.)
Another thing? To help make bedtimes as pain-free as possible, it’s a good idea to get into a bedtime pattern that signals that it’s time for sleep.
Follow a routine that works for you. Perhaps a bath, then a feed, then a book, then a lullaby, then sleep.
Making sure that the room is dark can also help a lot. If you’re lucky, your baby might be falling asleep more quickly these days than they did at six months.
How many times should 7-month-old wake up at night?
This is a hard one. By seven months, some babies might be sleeping through the night in dreamy eleven-hour stints.
Others might be almost there. Others may have been sleeping through the night and have now decided to change course.
If your baby is suddenly waking up more than normal, it’s possible that they are experiencing a sleep regression—periods where an established sleep pattern appears to go out the window.
They often happen around the eight or nine-month mark, but can happen sooner than that.
While quite disruptive, this is very normal. The major causes of these regressions can be summed up in three S’s: stimulation, separation anxiety, and spurts (of the growth variety).
The good news about sleep regressions is that they are temporary. We know that doesn’t help much when a single night feels like a decade, but know that there is hope on the horizon.
If you are at all worried about your baby’s sleep habits and/or general health, check in with your doctor.
And if you need support, join us on Peanut. Mamahood is always so much more fun when traveling with others. Let’s navigate this together.
Enjoy this time. It’s affectionately known as the Golden Age of babydom.
While it’s going to be busy, it is also so exciting as you watch your baby go through a string of first experiences.
Have fun, mama.
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