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August 4, 2020

Understanding Baby Sleep: 7 Months Old | 3 Important Things You Need to Know

Understanding Baby Sleep:  7 Months Old 

7 month old babies are getting cuter and cuter by the day.  They’re curious about their world and on the verge of lots of change.  Most 7 month olds are rolling, and sitting up.  Many are learning to hover on all 4s or starting to crawl.

Is there a sleep regression at 7 months?

There isn’t a known and strong sleep regression at this age.  However any “sleep regression” is related to PRO-gress.  Your baby is growing either neurologically or physically.  At this age you likely have a couple of teeth.  If you don’t, that could be the next thing interrupting sleep.  Teething interrupts sleep as the discomfort distracts a little person from relaxing back down into sleep.  Imagine you sprained an ankle and were trying to sleep.  You might be distracted by that discomfort.  

What time should my 7 month old go to bed?

At 7 months of age, your baby needs 11 hours of overnight sleep and 2-3 hours of daytime naps for a total of ~ 14 hours of 24 hour sleep.

Most kids this age wake up around 6-6:30 am once you’re down to 1 night feed which is very achievable at this age.  If you think they need 11-12 hours of overnight sleep, most kids this age are asleep between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. 

Eating Routine

Many kids this age are eating solids 2x a day.  This is usually breakfast and lunch.  We always want to fill kids up on milk or formula first and then offer solids 1-1.5 hours after the milk.  The purpose of the solids is to compliment the formula/milk diet.  When trying new foods you want to offer them in the morning so they have the entire day to digest and process a reaction if it happens.  Much better than processing a reaction in the night. 


3 Things You Need to Know about Your 7 Month Old Baby’s Sleep 

  1. Overnight Sleep 

Your baby needs 11-12 hours of overnight sleep with 0-1 night feed for a baby gaining weight well.

  1. Your baby needs 2-3 hours of daily nap hours
    This could be in 3 naps or in 3 naps.  Most kids don’t transition down to 2 naps until 8 months when they can comfortably stay awake between naps for 3 hours. 

You can read more about the 3-2 nap transition here

  1. If your baby is waking up more than 1 time a night and eating to fall back asleep, they likely have a food to sleep association.  Meaning they think they need the bottle or breast to fall back asleep.   The drive to sleep is biological but the way we sleep is a learned habit.
  1.  There’s a lot of change coming in the next few months - motor leaps such as crawling, pulling up to standing and teething! 

7 Month Old Baby Sleep Schedule

You can take a look at some sample 7 Month Old Baby Sleep Schedules here. 

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