Bedtime for your 7 month old should be between 6:30-8 pm. This is the time that suits most babies’ body clocks.
Try to keep baby’s bedtime within a 20 minute range every night. Early risers should have bedtime of 6:30 pm, and late risers can have bedtime closer to 7:30-8 pm.
Your 7 month old should sleep 11-12 hours at night.
Your 7 month old may be able to sleep through the night without feeding, or she may need one night feed.
Her growth and weight gain patterns will determine if she still needs to feed at night. It’s best to ask your baby’s doctor if night feeds are still needed.
Your 7 month old should sleep 2-3 hours during the day, usually divided between 2-3 naps.
Total sleep in 24 hours
13-15 hours. It’s ok if your baby sleeps a bit more.
I may sound insane recommending you wake your baby up, especially after a rough night. I get it. But this simple sleep training trick leads to more predictable days, which a lot of moms crave.
If your baby’s morning wake time varies by 1-2 hours everyday, then nap times and bedtime will too. This makes it hard to make plans, run errands and settle into a peaceful evening routine. So if you’re desperate for a more consistent sleep schedule for your 7 month old, do yourself a favor and set your alarm each morning.
The best time to wake your baby each morning should fall right in the middle of his typical wake times. Write down the time your baby naturally wakes in the morning for the next 7 days. Then pick the time that falls right in the middle of this range. That’s your new wake up time!
“Awake times” are simply the periods of time that your baby is awake throughout the day. (For example, in between naps.)
Recommended awake times for a 7 month old are 2-3 hours.
If awake times are too short, your baby may not be tired enough and ready to sleep.
If awake times are too long, your baby may become overtired or overstimulated, which makes it very hard for her to settle for sleep.
Making sure your baby sticks to the recommended awake times, and naps every 2-3 hours, is a great sleep training tip to help baby nap longer.
Watch your baby for sleepy signs like slowing down, “zoning out,” or losing interest in her toys and in you. She may get fussy, withdraw, or rub her eyes. When you see these signs 2-3 hours after being awake, let your baby sleep.
How to get your baby falling asleep on his own
The trick is to make sure your baby’s eyes are open when he goes into the crib. He needs to “be aware” of the fact that he’s in the crib and falling asleep there. That way, when he wakes later in the night, nothing about his environment will have changed. He’s used to settling himself to sleep, so he’ll easily do it again.
Some parents give lots of hands-on comforting to help baby accept falling asleep in the crib. You can pat, rub or stroke baby so he can fall asleep. It’s ok to pick him up briefly if he gets really upset. Each night focus on helping him a little less, so he can learn to do this on his own.
Sleep training your 7 month old can take anywhere from 3 days to a few weeks to achieve. All sleep training methods work, as long as parents are consistent.
“Do I have to wean my baby off the pacifier?”
If you can offer the pacifier to help your baby fall asleep and she doesn’t need you to replace it during the night- keep it!
But, if you’re having to replace the pacifier several times a night, that’s a sign that baby is dependent on the pacifier to fall asleep. In this case, you have 2 options:
Option A: Sprinkle 6-7 pacifiers around baby’s crib when she goes to sleep.
That way, she can easily find one in the night. This option works once your baby can easily reinsert the pacifier by herself, which usually happens around 7 months.
In order for this to work, you have to stop putting the pacifier in baby’s mouth for her. Instead, each time she wants it (day and night) you put it in her hand and help her replace it by herself. Many days of doing this will teach her how to do it all by herself!
Option B: Wean your baby off the pacifier as a sleep aid.
If baby can’t (or won’t) replace the pacifier by herself during the night, and it’s causing her to wake constantly, it’s time to wean off it.
You can still offer the pacifier during the day when she’s awake or for comfort when she’s sick.
7 months old is a time of rapid development and growth. Many parents tell me their baby wants to “practice” new skills like standing, talking or sitting up in the crib, rather than sleeping!
If your baby is happily practicing her new skills in the crib (and won’t go to sleep) the best thing you can do is give her some space. She may lose a bit of sleep for a few nights, but once she masters her new skill she’ll go back to sleeping well.
If your baby is instead waking up a lot at night, refusing naps or seeming extra clingy and fussy, you may need to give more comfort during this rough patch. The above 7 sleep training tips will help you get through this regression and get your baby on a consistent sleep schedule.