Sleep Schedule

7 Month Old Sleep Schedule: Bedtime and Nap Schedule

Amber LoRe

7 Month Old Sleep Development:

At 7 months, we’ll continue to aim for at least 14 hours of total sleep in a 24 hour period (11-12 hours at night and 2.5-3 hours during the day split over 3 naps).

[Note: for children who were born early, we go by their adjusted age for sleep development.]

Some babies are ready to transition to 2 naps, though most continue to need three naps, at least on some days. You may find that their total sleep gets a bit shorter until they completely drop the 3rd nap by 8-9 months of age.

Here’s what a 3-nap schedule may look like at this age:

Note: Sleep needs vary by child and this chart should be viewed as an example.

Sleep Tip:

If you’ve transitioned to 2 naps and are suddenly seeing increased night-waking or early waking, overtiredness may be to blame. Offer three naps 2-3 times a week to help “reset” their overtiredness and get back on track.

Sleep Fact:

The third nap can be really hard to get at this age, despite a parent’s best efforts. When it’s skipped, it’s important to offer an earlier bedtime to offset overtiredness.

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About the Author:

Amber LoRe is a pediatric sleep consultant with Huckleberry. She's always considered herself an advocate for children - from early jobs in daycare to her work as a family law attorney. She's been helping families get more sleep since 2011 and never gets tired of hearing success stories from happy clients. Amber lives outside NYC with her husband, their two awesome children and their rescue pup.