7 Month Old Daily Schedule

by | Jun 5, 2019

Around 7 months old, your baby should have a pretty well-established daily routine. They will most likely take 2 or 3 naps a day, eat 2-3 solid meals, 5 bottle feedings, and sleep around 10-12 hours at night.

My son is now 7 months and has been on a consistent schedule since he was about 3 months old with gradually decreasing the amount of feedings and naps over time. Even with implanting a daily routine, we do have days that are thrown off by illnesses, activities, or outings.

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

Sleeping through the night

My 7 month old had been sleeping through the night for over a month now after a good week of sleep training. We tried a couple different methods around 5-6 months which finally worked to get him sleeping well. Read more about the How I Got Both of My Babies Sleeping Through the Night at 5 Months Old.

We thought we were in the clear after he had been sleeping through the night for over a month, but then he got a bad cold this month and regressed terribly. That’s when he started waking up multiple times a night again.

Even though we were very adamant about the sleep training (cry-it-out) method, it all went out the window when he was sick. I just couldn’t let my poor baby cry and scream when I knew he was actually in pain and needed me.

This had a snowball effect because the more I answered his cries in the middle of the night, the more he would wake up needing me. Then we went a few weeks with multiple night wakings.

So 7 months didn’t start out well for us with sleeping through the night. However, after sleep training again, he figured it out and is now sleeping well!

How do you know when to drop the 3rd nap?

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

At 7 months, your baby will probably take 2-3 naps a day (1 – 2.5 hours each). They may enter 7 months taking 3 naps, but as they get closer to 8 months, reduce down to 2. During month 7 is when my son dropped his 3rd nap and began a 2 nap schedule.

During that whole sleep regression, he was still taking 3 naps. Although, I was convinced that something in his schedule was causing the sleep disruption and I had to make a change.

When he was taking a 3rd nap, he would end up sleeping until 4:30/5:00. I realized this was just too close to his bedtime so it may have been effecting his nighttime sleep. Therefore, I spaced out his 1st and 2nd nap a little farther and he did much better.

Now I typically try to hold out his 2nd nap until later in the day (around 1:30 instead of 12pm) so that he doesn’t have too long of an awake stretch before bedtime.

Making time for solids

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

You have probably been offering solids to your baby here and there for a couple months now. I didn’t really start giving my baby 2-3 meals a day consistently until this month.

Around 7 months, you may want your baby on a more consistent feeding schedule when it comes to solids. You want him to start getting used to eating 3 main meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), to establish a mealtime routine.

I try to give 3 solid meals a day, but some days it just doesn’t’t happen if we are out or too busy. It’s ok to skip a meal here and there because he is still getting his primary nutrition from breastmilk or formula. However, being as consistent as possible will help establish the routine quicker.

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7 month old schedule with 2 naps

Here is my 7 month old’s daily schedule. We typically stick to this everyday (if I’m lucky). Based on what time he gets up in the morning, I may adjust the times, but try to stay as close as possible to this schedule.

If there’s a delay for one of the feedings because a nap ran late or something in our schedule required an adjustment, I try to still do the next feeding or nap at the same time so the rest of the day doesn’t get thrown off.

I love having an early bedtime for my children so I have time in the evenings to unwind and get things done. Although they wake me up very early, I’ll take the down time at night when I can get it!

At 7 months, I have reduced down to 4 liquid feedings (down from 5).

6:00 am: Wake up

6:30 am: Feeding- Breastfeed/Bottle

7:30 am: Feeding- Solids

8:00 am: Play Time

9:00 am: Nap

10:30 am: Feeding- Breastfeed/Bottle

11:00 am: Play Time

12:00 pm: Feeding- Solids

1:30 pm: Nap

3:30 pm: Feeding – Breastfeed/Bottle

4:00 pm: Play time

6:00 pm: Feeding- Solids

6:30 pm: Feeding – Breastfeed/Bottle

7:00pm: Start bedtime routine

7:30pm: Sleep for the Night

7 month old schedule with 3 naps

Before he dropped down to 2 naps, at the beginning of 7 months, he was taking 3 naps. Here was my schedule at the beginning of the month if your child is still on 3 naps:

6:00 am: Wake up

6:30 am: Feeding- Breastfeed/Bottle

7:30 am: Feeding- Solids

8:00 am: Play Time

9:00 am: Nap

10:30 am: Feeding- Breastfeed/Bottle

11:00 am: Play Time

11:30 am: Feeding- Solids

12:00 pm: Nap

2:30 pm: Feeding – Breastfeed/Bottle

3:30/4 pm: Short nap

5:00pm Play time

6:00 pm: Feeding- Solids

6:30 pm: Feeding – Breastfeed/Bottle

7:00pm: Start bedtime routine

7:30pm: Sleep for the Night

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Tips to getting your 7 month old on a schedule

Your baby should naturally fall into a schedule similar to the one above. However, if they don’t, there are a few ways to get them on a consistent daily routine.

It’s important to have a predictable routine everyday. At this age, they will start to really understand the flow of their day. Knowing when they will be eating, sleeping, and playing will reduce fussiness and irritability and make for a more pleasant baby. It will also be easier on you to work around their schedule when planning outings and getting things done.

Below are some tips to get you started. Read this post for more details on establishing good sleep habits and a daily routine for your baby.

Put them down drowsy, not asleep

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

When you’re ready to put them down for a nap or bedtime, make sure they aren’t sleeping before you put them in their crib. At this age, even if they are wide awake, they should be able to put themself to sleep.

If your baby has fallen asleep in your arms, you don’t want to gently put them down in the crib without waking because that doesn’t teach them how to fall asleep on their own. Just give them a little nudge to wake them up before putting them down.

If they need a little help getting drowsy, you can rock them, shush them, walk with them, swaddle them, or give a pacifier. All 5 of these strategies worked for me when my baby was a newborn, but now he doesn’t need any of it.

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Playtime is important too

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

Don’t underestimate the power of play to get your baby on a consistent schedule. Even though it may not seem like they are doing too much to you, they are exerting a lot of strength and energy during play. Just reaching for toys, transferring them from hand to hand, propping up on their forearms, and pushing a button to make music start is hard work.

Playing will help to get them tired since they’re doing a lot of work through out the day, instead of just laying in a swing. More importantly, it’s also. great for their development and they will pick up and learn new skills everyday.

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Put them in the crib for all sleeps

This is just helpful to start establishing that routine early because you want them to be sleeping in the crib. If you just let your baby take naps in your arms all day, they aren’t learning how to fall asleep on their own and in the proper environment. When they’re 9 months old, you don’t want the only place they nap to be in your arms!

You should be at least attempting to put your baby down in their crib for every nap. This will get you and the baby into a routine and he will know his consistent eat, play, sleep schedule.

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Understand your baby’s cues

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

Your baby may or may not show signs of being tired or hungry at different times of day. It may take you a few weeks to figure them out, but you will eventually understand what your baby is trying to tell you.

My baby’s hunger cry is more of a scream, whereas his tired cry is just being fussy and irritable. I’ve learned those signs as the months have gone on.

My 7 month old still typically doesn’t show these signs of tiredness though. He doesn’t yawn, rub his eyes, or get fussy every time he’s ready for a nap.

However, I still always put him right down in his crib at the above mentioned times and he goes right to sleep after a few minutes of fighting it. This is because his schedule and routine is well established enough that his body knows when it’s time for nap times and meal times.

Assist your baby in these habits

Your baby may not always show the tired cues. My first baby never really told me she was hungry or tired and would probably go 10 hours without eating if I didn’t feed her on a 2.5-3 hour schedule. It goes the same for sleeping.

You may be thinking, my baby does not like to nap. Is that because you never see them yawn or when they get fussy, you feed them and they will always just eat because that also soothes them? You may have to help them get tired for a nap just as you do with bed time.

Start the same routine you would do at night when it’s time for a nap. Whether it be to use a sleep sack, a sound machine, rocking, etc. It should get them drowsy enough to take a nap. Even if they aren’t showing their tired cue, still put them down for a nap based on this timing.

Don’t let one change throw off the whole day

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

If your baby took a longer than usual nap or your shopping ran 30 minutes late and a feeding got pushed back, don’t let that throw off your day. Continue the rest of the schedule as usual even if that means grouping 2 feedings closer together than normal.

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Be Consistent

If you’re consistent about putting them down for naps and feeding them at these times, you will be creating a good habit for them. Whether they are showing hunger or sleepy signs, attempt to do all of these things at the same time everyday.

Don’t go back and forth between a precise schedule and then no routine at all or your baby will get confused. Try this schedule for multiple days in a row and your baby will eventually figure out what he should be doing and when.

Use positive sleep associations

At this point, my son is a champ at falling asleep in the crib by himself. However, at first, it wasn’t so easy. There are some sleep aids that I still use to ensure that he goes to sleep quickly and stays asleep.

Here are some of my favorite sleep aids and others that have worked too. Some things that work for my baby may not work for yours. That’s why it may be helpful to try out different products to see what works best for your specific situation.

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Favorite sleep aids

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.  Having a consistent and predictable routine will decrease fussiness and irritability and make for a happier and more pleasant infant. Follow these tips and schedule for feeding, naps, sleep, and play.

I love my Dohm sound machine for white noise that I leave on through the whole night and all naps to provide background noise when it’s too quiet. Sometimes silence can make it difficult for them to fall asleep.

I’ve also noticed that my humidifier makes a very similar white noise sound so since I always keep that on in my baby’s room, it provides white noise. However, I purchased another humidifier to use for my other child’s room hoping it would provide the same white noise, but it didn’t. They are making non-noisy humidifiers now which defeats the purpose of that for me!

We used to swaddle my son until he started rolling around 4-5 months. Now we continue to use a sleep sack so he still gets that feeling that he’s being hugged while asleep. The Nested Bean Zen Sleep Sack has been working great for us.

Your 7 month old should have fallen into a daily routine with sleep, feedings, & naps. If not, help get your infant on a routine with these tips and guide.

This sleep sack still gives them the tightness around their body of being hugged, but their arms are free. It also keeps them warm since they can’t use blankets.

Starting your routine

If you follow the above steps consistently, the routine will just fall into place. They will eat, play for a bit, take a nap, and repeat. Providing your baby with a stable schedule will be easier for both you and them. They’ll know what to expect when and you will be able to plan out your days much more efficiently.

Read more about creating better sleep habits for your baby here, if they aren’t getting on a routine by themselves.

Hi I’m Marissa!

A mom of two little ones, here to provide some relatable experiences, tips, and tricks to the joys and challenges of pregnancy and childbirth through raising babies and toddlers.  Read more about me here.