7 Month Old Sleep Schedule: The Advice You Need To Know

Author Image By Paula McLaren - Norland Nurse NNEB RSH •  Updated: 05/18/23 •  Sleep / Sleep Schedules

Healthy sleep patterns start with a schedule. Here’s how to get your baby into a regular 7 month old sleep schedule with top tricks to make it as easy as possible.

How Much Should A 7 Month Old Sleep?

7 Month Old Wake Window

At 7 months, your baby will have around 2.5-3.5 hours of awake time between their naps.

This ensures that your baby has enough awake time during the day to meet their developmental milestones and to consume enough daytime calories to grow at a rapid rate.

Make the most of these awake times to offer your little one lots of stimulating play and opportunities to learn new skills.

Sample 7 Month Old Sleep Schedule

By 7 months old, your baby should be sleeping through the night and napping several times a day.

But remember, ‘sleeping through the night’ means that your baby is sleeping for 6 or more hours at night without waking to be fed.

Many 7 month old babies will be sleeping for 6-8 hour stretches regularly, but it is important to remember that it is also perfectly normal for some babies to still wake during the night at this age too.

Here’s a sample 7 month old sleep schedule that contains 2-3 daytime naps:

7 Month Old Sleep Schedule Sample

Nap Schedule For 7 Month Old Baby

There are still no hard and fast rules about an exact nap schedule for a 7 month old baby, however, there are approximate guidelines.

Remember to keep an eye out for your baby’s sleep cues and follow their lead by taking naps at regular intervals and never forcing your baby to stay awake if they are tired.

Here is a sample nap schedule for a 7 month old baby:

Nap Schedule For A 7 Month Old Baby

TOP TIP: The final nap of the day can be taken on the move as it is really just a top-up of sleep to help your baby through to bedtime.

How Many Naps Should A 7 Month Old Baby Take?

For a 7 month sleep schedule, your baby will take between 2 and 3 naps per day. Your 7 month old’s day time naps should last at least 1 hour each.

However, if your baby is transitioning down to 2 naps, they may need to sleep for up to 2 hours per nap.

Bedtime For 7 Month Old

A regular and healthy bedtime routine is essential to your baby’s good night’s sleep as they are proven to improve sleep and reduce night wakings.

So, for a 7 month old sleep schedule, your baby’s bedtime routine will consist of:

The entire bedtime routine should start between 6pm and 6.30pm and take no longer than 30 minutes.

What Time Should A 7 Month Old Go To Bed?

As a part of a 7 month old sleep schedule, your baby should be asleep in their nighttime sleeping space between 7pm and 7.30pm after their bedtime routine is complete.

Ideally, your 7 month old’s time for bed should be no later than 8pm. The closer to 7pm you can get them tucked up, the better… to ensure your baby gets enough sleep to support their brain’s growth and development as well as their physical development.

Looking to get your little one to sleep quickly and effortlessly? Check out my Bedtime and Nap Cheat Sheet and master the art of making daytime naps and bedtimes as seamless as possible.

Is There A 7 Month Old Sleep Regression?

In truth, sleep regressions can occur at any age.

Although, they are more common when your baby is 4, 6, 8 or 12 months old, a sleep regression will depend on when your baby reaches certain developmental milestones.

Knowing the signs of sleep regression, what can trigger them and how to handle them is your best defence to avoid a 7 month sleep regression.

Take a look at my post on how to handle and survive any sleep regression to learn more.

7 Month Old Sleep Tips

Establishing and maintaining a 7 month old sleep schedule will make your day much easier to manage because after all… Everything starts and ends with sleep.

Here are some of my top sleep tips to make creating and maintaining a 7 month old sleep schedule as simple as possible:

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Common 7 Month Old Sleep Problems

The most common sleep problems that your 7 month old baby may encounter are:

Frequently Asked Questions About A 7 Month Old Sleep Schedule

Looking for more help with creating your baby’s 7 month sleep schedule? Find answers to the most common questions here.

Can A 7 Month Old Baby Sleep Through The Night?

Yes, 7 month old babies are physically able to sleep through the night and do not need to be fed every few hours. However, this does NOT mean that every baby WILL sleep through the night.

Each baby is different: some 7 month olds may sleep for a short while, wake once and then sleep for 8 hours whilst others will sleep for 12 hours very happily.

Can You Sleep Train A 7 Month Old Baby?

Yes, you can sleep train a 7 month old baby. And if you have not started any form of sleep training yet then now is the time to start.

At 7 months old, bad sleep habits can begin to become difficult to break.

Sleep training and self settling for 7 month old babies should be gentle and consistent, focusing on giving your little one strong sleep cues with regular and recognisable nap time and bedtime routines as a part of their 7 month old sleep schedule.

How Long Can A 7 Month Old Stay Awake?

As a part of a healthy 7 month old sleep schedule, your baby will have an awake window between 2 ½ and 3 ½ hours at a time during the day. However, it is very important to watch for sleep cues and put your baby down for a nap before they get overtired.

Should Babies Nap After 5pm?

No. Babies should not nap after 5 pm.

7 month old babies should ideally be awake for at least 2-3 hours before their regular bedtime in order for them to be ready for sleep and settle nicely.

Therefore, if your baby’s bedtime is 7pm they should definitely not be napping after 5pm.

Is 6pm Too Early For A 7 Month Old Bedtime?

No. 6pm is not too early for 7 month old to go to bed.

But if you do put your 7 month old to bed at 6pm, you should then expect them to be ready to start a new day any time between 5am and 6pm.

If you are a household that wakes early then an early bedtime is fine, however, if you want to start your day a little later, then I would aim for a 7pm bedtime.

How Much Nighttime Sleep Is Appropriate For A 7 Month Old?

A 7 month old should be sleeping between 11-12 hours in their nighttime sleep space.

Some 7 month old babies may sleep for the whole of this time most nights… while others will still wake for the occasional night feed.

Sleep Schedules Further Reading

Here are some more sleep schedules to help you get the most out of helping your little one sleep as best they can.

After all…

Sleep breeds sleep!

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Paula McLaren is the founder of Teething to Tantrums and a highly qualified childcare expert with over 40 years of experience as a Norland Nanny. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Years Development & Learning (0-6 Years) and the prestigious Norland Diploma. Paula has worked as a night nanny, run a successful daycare center in London, and helped raise countless children using her tried and tested developmental and guidance methods.

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