7 Month Old Baby Schedule

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7 Month Old Baby Schedule


This article outlines the average 7 month old baby schedule, including feedings, solids, naps and night sleep.

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7 month old baby’s sleep

At this age, some 7 month olds can sleep through the night, without a feeding, and take two to three naps. Some babies don’t ever have 3 naps, but many will have 3 naps until around 9 months. The third nap is almost always a short 30-45 minute cat nap. Your 7 month old should be napping a total of 2-3 hours per day plus sleeping 11-12 hours at night. If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your baby nap.

All babies vary, but here are some rough schedules you can use to make your own for your unique baby. I should warn you that I am in the camp that breast milk or formula should be the primary nutrition for the first year and solids come secondary. Below are the amounts we recommend. For more information on starting your baby on solid food, visit our sister site, Your Baby’s Start To Solid Foods. It includes recommendations about how and when to start solids, as well as helpful information on food allergies, recommended products, baby-friendly recipes, and more.

The amount of food at 7 months is very similar to the 6 month baby schedule, but you can introduce egg yolk (not whites) if you want and some dairy.

Amounts per day:

• At least 5 nursing sessions per day or 26-32 ounces formula or combination
• Although some say 4-6 oz of water is okay, I usually discourage it at this age
• 1-2 servings baby cereal (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons dry)
• 1-2 servings fruit (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)
• 1-2 servings vegetable (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)
• 1 serving Dairy (1 serving = 1/3-1/2 cup yogurt or 1/4 cup cottage cheese)
• You can also offer cooked egg yolk (but no egg whites until 1 year old due to allergens)

The first schedule is what I call a “staggered” approach. My first son did better nursing fully and then having solids a bit in between nursing sessions. He was a little hungry but not famished. He just didn’t do well with stopping nursing mid-way to eat solids.


Sample 7 month old schedule

Schedule 1

7:00 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
8:15 – Breakfast
9:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
10:00 – Breast milk or Formula
12:30 – Breast milk or Formula
1:00 – Early Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:00 – Breast milk or Formula
4:00 – Optional Catnap (30-45 minutes)
4:30 or 5:00 – Dinner
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

+Plus possibly 1-2 nighttime feedings

If your baby doesn’t mind a more “consolidated” approach to eating, like my second son, here is another type of schedule:

Schedule 2

7:00 – Wake
7:15 – Breakfast plus Breast milk or Formula feeding
9:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
10:00 – Breast milk or Formula
12:30 – Breast milk or Formula
1:00 – Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:00 – Breast milk or Formula
4:00 – Optional Catnap (30-45 minutes)
5:30 – Dinner plus Breast milk / Formula feeding
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula

+Plus possibly 1-2 nighttime feedings

Note: Many people prefer to follow an eat-play-sleep routine, which is a good routine to follow, however, sometimes hard to implement at this age when the amount of time between naps is not long enough and your baby wakes too early from his nap because of a feeding. I take all of that into consideration when making my schedules. The most important part is to be careful not to create sleep associations with feedings too close to sleep times, which we saw become important at 4 months old.

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What is your 7 month old’s schedule?

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  1. rani says:

    hi there

    i needed help on how to stop my 7 mo baby from wakin up atleast twice for night feeds when he is eating and drinkin fine durin the day?

    his routine:
    7 am : wakes
    8am: breakfast cereal, or fruit
    9am: 4-5 oz formula (usually is full on breakfast so sometimes has much less)
    9.30am sleeps for 1-2 hours
    11.30 plays
    12.30: lunch, veggie
    2pm: 5oz milk formula
    2.30pm sleeps
    4pm playtime
    4.30pm 4-5 oz formula
    6pm: dinner, veggie and fruit
    7pm: bath
    7.45 – 8pm 5oz formula
    8pm bedtime
    THE PROBLEM BEGINS NOW..
    12-1am: wakes for a feed, 5 – 6oz formula
    4-5am: wakes for feed 5-6oz formula
    7am: wakes up and routine begins all over

    at first i was told i am not givin enough formula and overdoing the food so i cut down on food and started givn the amount of formula u see above in my routine. he refuses to have any more durin the day, should i cut down even more on food as he seems to be wanting formula during the night. my husband works nite shifts so i am all by myself at night and its having a negative impact on my health, i suffer migranes during the day coz i havnt slept at nite. any advice on what i should do?

    are 2 naps durin the day okay? if i was to do 3 where wud i fit this in my routine? any advice? i even thought about giving him the EXTRA hungry formula at night so he doesnt feel hungry but not sure if thats okay since i am using FOLLOW ON formula to complement the weaning diet.

  2. Mandy says:

    @rani
    Why don’t you try getting him in bed by 7.30pm and waking him at 10.30pm for a bottle. Most 7month olds seem to still need the 10.30pm feed to get them through till 7am.

  3. Debbye says:

    @ Sara- It may be a hard transition at first, but I think you and your baby would really be helped by shifting his schedule to an earlier hour. Being overtired may be causing him to not sleep as well as he could be. Try to slowly move his bedtime earlier- maybe have a goal of 8:00-
    and his last nap earlier too. Many, many babies still wake up to take a bottle or to nurse at his age. You are not alone! Work on him falling asleep and back top sleep on his own, and the good habits will pay off soon! A good bedtime snack is one high in protein, and complex carbs, but there is unfortunatly no magic food to make all babies sleep through the night. Believe me… I wish there was!
    Good luck!
    @ Erika- Pacifiers can really become a problem when the baby thinks they need it to sleep. It is a habit that is generally easy to break, but unfortunatly there is no magic involved. You have to decide if the pacifier is causing enough wake ups and problems to take it away and help your learn a new way to sleep. Yes your baby needs more naptime, but ultimately it is up to you to decide how you want to handle both the pacifier and sleep training in general. You do not have to leave him to cry, there are other methods in between. Read a bit more here: http://www.babysleepsite.com/sleep-training/sleep-training-from-no-cry-to-cry-series-part-1/
    You may want to consider a personalized sleep consultation package to give you a great amount of support as well as a specific plan to follow to help with the naps and night sleep. http://babysleepsite.com/services
    Best wishes!

  4. Debbye says:

    @ Danielle- I think the first step would be to teach her how to fall asleep and back to sleep without nursing. At this age, it would not be uncommon for her to still need to feed 1-2 times per night but you will want to work on not letting her fall completely back to sleep while feeding. That is, when she starts to slow with her feeding, then gently unlatch and allow her to fall asleep on her own. The key will be to be consistent and to use patting/shushing or even a bit of rocking to get her drowsy enough again to fall asleep on her own. Keep in mind the first few days or week will be the hardest as she will need time to adjust to learning this, but this may be enough to help the night wakings. She may be high on the sleep needs spectrum, but you can judge if she needs less nap time after she is sleeping on her own better. You can feed her 1-2 more times in the day, but there is no big rush. She is still young and breastmilk is batter than any solid! If you think she is ready, sneak in a solid breakfast before daycare, and a before bed meal too!
    Good luck!

    @ Mandy- Thanks for sharing your schedule! It does look great! If you are trying to sneak in a breakfast, if you don’t want to wake up earlier like you mentioned, you can give a quick solid meal when you return from school drop off, before the nap? I just love this website for feeding guidelines for babies: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com
    Best of luck!!!

  5. Debbye says:

    @ Rie- You can play around with an earlier bedtime if he really refuses a 3rd nap, because yes, he sounds like he needs more sleep. Alternately, try to offer the 3rd nap a little earlier, before he gets overtired and see if that helps. Good luck!

    @ Emily- On the above schedule there is 4 hours between bottle/breastfeeding, but please adjust this to work for you and your daughter! If she wants to nurse again, squeeze another feed in right before or after dinner!
    Good luck!

    @ Pera- It sounds like your baby may benefit from keeping the 3rd nap. It is okay to have him skip it on some days, but like the day you describe, if he has an early nap or shorter morning nap, then continue to offer him the 3rd nap. It may just be too long for him to make it without that last catnap. See if offering the 3rd nap again helps!
    Best of luck!

    @ Rani- Your schedule looks good, and it looks like your son is eating and drinking well! It is common for babies at this age to still need to take a bottle 1-2 times in the night, but like I advised Danielle above, work on not feeding him to sleep, but having him eat and then fall back to sleep on his own. That way, you are teaching him to fall back to sleep on his own, and you know you are feeding him out of possible hunger and not because he’s just not able to get through a light sleep cycle. In the long run, he will begin to wake only when truly hungry, not just for the habit of a bottle, and he will be sleeping in longer stretches as his body matures. Hang in there!

  6. Emily says:

    This is so helpful to hear that my 7.5 month old is right on track with others! We definitely don’t have a consistent sleep schedule at all. We try to keep bedtime around the same time every night, but that varies when he’s too tired due to a day of short naps.

    Here’s a good schedule:
    7am wake, nurse
    8:30 am nap (60-90 mins if we’re lucky)
    9:30-10 am nurse + cereal and fruit or veggie
    1 pm nurse and then nap (60-90 mins if we’re lucky)
    4 pm nurse
    4:30-5 pm short nap (if he skips this, bedtime is around 6:15)
    6 pm bathtime, bedtime routine
    6:45 pm nurse
    7pm bed
    4 am wake to nurse

    But more typically he will nap 4 times for about 30 minutes. We’ll add a second helping of solids after his last nap soon, maybe that will help? I can’t figure it out, some days it’s consistently short naps (with lots of crying beforehand) and other days it’s 2 longer naps (still with some crying before falling asleep).

    We’ve had trouble getting him to fall asleep on his own for naps, since we don’t want to do CIO, but he is able to fall asleep in his crib at night on his own after 20-30 minutes of fussing, and always falls asleep in his crib on his own after the 4 am feeding with no fussing. But the naps are frustrating – he will go into his crib sleepy and quiet, but start fussing and always leading to screaming and then needs us to calm him and pat him until he falls asleep.

  7. Debbye says:

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for sharing your schedule! Naps are sometimes much rougher than nighttime. They are just not as tired, and therefore able to “put up a fight.” Short naps still happen sometimes at this age, and as he grows, his naps may lengthen on their own. It sounds like you are on the right track, and he is on his way to figuring it out. Good luck!

  8. Amanda says:

    Hi Debbye,
    My 6 and a half month old son has recently started sleeping from 6:30 – 7:30pm until around 5 am. He usually wakes up briefly for his soother around 4am. I would love it if he would sleep at least until 6 or 6:30 am but have tried everything including feeding him, putting him to bed an hour later, and just leaving him in his crib until 6am but nothing seems to be working.
    He usually has 3 naps a day. His first nap is at least an hour at around 8:30 – 9, his second is around 1 for about 45 minutes and then a third nap around 3:30 for about 45 minutes.
    Is there anyway to shift his schedule forward an hour? I can’t imagine what it will be like with the time change in the fall if he is still wanting to wake up at 5 to 5:30am!

  9. Debbye says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Try shifting his entire schedule (naps, food, baths, etc) 15 minutes each day. Keep a tight schedule and stick with it for 1-2 weeks. Try not to let him “make up” the missing sleep in his naps, you want to force the sleep to be made up in the morning! It may be a tough week or two as your son adjusts, and if he does not handle being over tired well, you may want to wait a couple of months before trying!
    Good luck!

  10. Ellie says:

    Hi, my little boy just turned 7months. I didn’t start weaning until after 6 months and even then I haven’t been giving him solids everyday-some times once a day or every other day depending on how he is-unfortunately lately he has been unwell so just as I want to start I have to stop because I dont want to get it wrong. I have two other boys and weaning was really bad with them-they were very difficult-i’m afraid he is showing the same signs as they are!! I am trying to follow your schedule and offer him solids twice a day and he is currently mixed fed-bottle during the day and from early evening until 11am next day breast feeding. He wakes up few times and some feeds are long but there are some which is just minutes. He doesn’t seem to like been spoon fed but will take some of what we eat and want spit it out! how can I offer him our food without making sure he is getting all the nutritions? he has about 20-25 oz of formula during the day and breast at night. Should I try baby led weaning? so many questions you’d think I’m a first time mum..lol..

  11. Anna says:

    Hi there, I’m so glad I stumbled on your site! What great info. Due to moderate/severe reflux we stopped nursing at 16 weeks, boo. We are also working with a GI ped specialist and will be expanding his diet upon approval from his doctor.

    Here is our schedule:

    6 – 7:00am – wake (if before 7, I leave him to play and talk to himself in his crib until he lets me know he is ready for me)

    7:45am – eat, rice
    8:30 – 6oz bottle & nap
    9:30 – 11:30ish – play, eat some rice, lots of cuddles, etc
    11:30ish – 6oz bottle & nap
    1:30ish – wake, play
    3:30 – 6oz bottle
    3:45 – nap
    4:15 – wake & play
    5:00 – rice
    5:30 – 2oz bottle (bath every other night)
    6:00pm – start night time routine, takes another 6oz bottle

    3:00am – 4oz bottle and right back to sleep, no diaper change

    I’m curious about the ounces. I put in 6oz of water, but after the formula is added it is more like 7oz… so which is it?

    Thanks so much for your help! This is a great site!

    Anna

  12. Ellie says:

    Hi Anna,

    I noticed the same think about the formula too!! I make it 6oz then after it cools a bit and bubbles disappear it is just under 7oz! I thought maybe the formula expands????

  13. Anna says:

    @Ellie – thus my confusion. If they are indeed 7oz bottles, then he is getting enough, but if they are only 6oz, I am trying to find a way to get a little more in him, but he seems happy with what he’s getting….

    Ugh – being a mommy is such hard work. :)

  14. Dila says:

    Hi,
    My son is 7mths plus…
    This is his schedule.
    7.15-8am wakes up
    8.30am cereal with honey breakfast
    9am his bath
    9.30-10am 6oz milk bottle
    10-12noon nap
    12.30noon 6oz milk bottle
    2pm nap 1hr
    3pm playtime
    4.30 smash potato porridge
    1 packet of baby bites
    6pm bathe time
    7.30-8pm milk with bottle
    8pm sleep
    What troubles me is he would wake up every 4 hourly for milk n awake at 4am for milk n stay awake till almost 6am n sleep again at 8am…
    Pls adv..?

  15. Debbye says:

    @ Ellie- A website that has been very useful to me on baby food is this one: http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com
    If he is nursing and taking bottles, he is likely getting the nutrition he needs. The first few months of eating solids is more about introducing different foods, and learning how to eat. It is okay to have much of his calories coming from nursing and formula. The above schedule is a rough guide, but you can change it to suit your family!
    Good luck!
    @ Ana- Sorry about the reflux.health problems. My son too had reflux and took medicine for almost a year. I hope you baby is doing better! Regarding the formula, if after the formula and water are in and mixed, it reads 7 oz., I would count that as seven ounces! The best guide would be your baby’s growth and development, But if you are concerned that he may not be getting enough, pleas speak with your doctor.
    Best wishes!

    @ Dila- Try putting him to bed a little earlier…or offering a quick catnap in the afternoon. You my want to try and keep his awake time at about 3 hours tops. It is common at his age to need to eat 1-2 times in the night, but adjusting his schedule may help with the extended wake times.
    Good luck!

  16. Lori says:

    My 7 month old still wakes up every 2 hrs to nurse. She goes to bed anywhere from 10:30-11:30 pm and is up at 10am usually. Should I try moving her bedtime to earlier (she naps around 7:30-8:30 for 1 hr usually) to see if she’ll sleep better or what? She’ll get up every hour sometimes just fussing so I don’t know if it’s teething or she’s a spoiled breast baby. She won’t take formula or bottles so we stick to just nursing. She eats baby food and cereal but still eats constantly it seems. Any ideas?? I know she sleeps late but our house is kinda hectic with kids and she sleeps in b/c the kids don’t get here til 11am. So I’m okay with her sleeping in late but I can tolerate getting up earlier if she sleeps better!

  17. Debbye says:

    Hi Lori,
    It sounds like your daughter does have a sleep association with the breastfeeding. Our recommendations would be to make sure that she’s on a good daytime schedule with a good bedtime as an overtired baby has a more difficult time staying asleep at night. I would try to move the bedtime earlier as most babies are naturally tired pretty early in the evenings. This may help her be less tired and may help with sleep. Additionally, teaching her to fall asleep on her own (and not while feeding) will help him learn to self soothe and be able to put herself to sleep at bedtime and for night time wakings.
    At this age, it would not be uncommon for her to still need to feed 1-2 times per night but you will want to work on not letting her fall completely back to sleep while feeding.
    Good luck!!!

  18. Erin says:

    I’m at my wits end. No schedule here…she’s nursed on demand. She wakes several times a night and will only be calmed by nursing…not necessarily eating much but just as a comforting thing. She used to nap well on her own and sleep through the night. My 2.5 year old started waking about 8 weeks ago and having night terrors in the middle of the night, thus waking up the baby too. Ever since then she has woken up at least twice a night…and I started nursing her to quiet her down as not to wake up her big sister…thus starting the horrible cycle.

    She slept through the night at 4 weeks til 8 weeks, then stopped and was up 1-2 times a night for a few months, then around 4 months started sleeping through the night again until she was about 5 1/2 months old.

    I’m seriously about to lose it. Night before last she was up every hour… We swaddle her which is the only way we can even get her to go to sleep at all.

    Naps are a struggle most of the time too. She has one tooth through and one about to go through. Am I setting her up for horrible habits or should I continue until her teething pain is through. Motrin and Tylenol do nothing to her pain, or at least they don’t help her sleep longer/better/fuss less.

  19. Stephanie says:

    Hi there, my 6.5 month old started weaning at 6 months. She’s on Neocate hypoallergenic formula and was breastfed til 5.5 months. We’re having trouble fitting food times in. She wakes anywhere between 6am and 7.30 and we try and give a bottle at around 8am consistently.
    Schedule so far:
    7am- Wakes (approx, she’s often not hungry on waking)
    8am -bottle
    9am- Nap – 1hr-2 hrs
    10.30am-Fruit puree
    12pm- Bottle (she’s feeding every 4 hrs )
    1pm-Nap 1hr -1.5hr
    4pm- Bottle
    4.30pm- Sometimes naps (1hr) if she’s had only short naps in the day.
    6pm- Bathtime
    7pm- Bottle- bed…
    11pm- Bottle and back to sleep
    Often wakes in the night with wind or tummy pains, and often at 3.30am…4am…

    Where can I start putting her breakfast/lunch/dinner…. ? I find that when I feed her inbetween bottles she doesn’t take much of her milk or any at all at her next feed…. so i’ve only kept the morning puree as she then still drinks her 12pm bottle… any later foods she doesn’t drink her 4pm bottle. She’s quite full up on her feeds, therefore only every 4 hrs. She doesn’t drink more than 5 oz in the day but drinks about 6-7 oz at her bedtime bottle. If she skips a feed let’s say her 4pm one she’ll drink 7 oz at her bedtime one.

    Any tips would be great. She’s not a lover of food, and we’re struggling feeding her (she’s also got tongue tie which will be snipped this week we hope).

    Thank you! x

  20. Debbye says:

    @ Erin- It does sound like you have a LOT going on all at once! I am so sorry! You can feel free to wait for that next tooth to pop through the gum, and at least you can feel sure that she is not in pain as you begin to implement your new sleep rules. If you do not notice any change in sleeping or fussing when you give her medication, then it may be that she is simply waking from habit (or association). Good luck on the sleep training when the day comes, and please take a little piece of mind that she did well at a young age, and can and will be sleeping better again soon!
    Best wishes!

    @ Stephanie- If you would like to offer more foods, but not at the cost of losing formula, perhaps you can offer solids after her bottles? Sometimes it takes some trial and error, knowing whether to offer solids before, after, or right in between a bottle, but try them all out, and do not worry too much about the solid intake at this point, as formula is her best nutrition now anyway. Just keep on offering! Perhaps the procedure for her tongue will help her to be able to move the food around in her mouth better too. I hope it all goes smoothly!
    Good luck!!!

  21. Denise says:

    Hello,
    My husband and I are desperate to get some sleep with our seven month old twins. Their typical schedule goes about like this:

    7:00 – wake, breastfeed
    8:00 – breakfast (cereal and fruit)
    9:30 – breastfeed
    10:00 – morning nap (usually 1 hour)
    12:00 – breastfeed
    1:00 – lunch (I usually split a fruit and a veggie between the two, so it averages about one container each)
    2:30 – breastfeed
    3:00 – afternoon nap (about 1 hour)
    5:00 – breastfeed
    6:00 – dinner (veggie and fruit)
    7:00 – begin bedtime
    7:30-8:00 – usually asleep

    I will say that everything goes well up until about 2:30ish. They usually sleep very well until that point. Then they seem to wake up every hour to hour and a half. We can’t figure out what’s wrong. Do they have a normal schedule? I also have two older boys to care for, but I can juggle some things around if need be. Also, it seems like the only advice I get is to wean them and go to formula. Even their pediatrician has said this. I’m not ready to wean them, and I don’t think they are ready, either. I also think they are having some issues with teething, but this issue with their sleep has been going on since the beginning. They have only slept through the night handful of times. I should also add that they sleep in our room out of necessity. We are having an addition put on so they can have their own room, but for now, we have to share. Any advice would be appreciated! Thank you.

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