7 Month Old Schedule + Charlotte’s 7 Month Summary

June 6, 2019
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A 7 month old schedule is going to look quite different for each baby because this is the age where things tend to branch off a bit.

You’ll find that your baby is going through a lot of transitions and their sleep may be impacted as a result.

This post is full of helpful tips and advice for how to navigate this time and get your baby into a great routine.

At the end of the post you’ll find the summary for my youngest child, Charlotte and what she was doing at 7 months old.

7 month old baby girl

7 Month Old Baby’s Sleep

With all 3 of my children I have noticed sleep disruptions and transitions around this age. It is totally normal, and I’m going to help you address it if you’re facing the same challenges.

Sleep Disruptions

At 7 months old, it is common to see your baby facing sleep disruptions. They may affect night sleep, naps, or both.

Here are some of the common reasons and tips for how to deal with them:

Wake Time

Wake times can change a lot around this age and if you don’t adjust the schedule accordingly, you’ll find that your baby will likely not sleep as well.

But how much wake time is appropriate for a 7 month old?

On the site Precious Little Sleep, they recommend that babies aged 6-9 months stay awake no longer than 2-3 hours between naps.

Do remember that this is a guideline and that not all babies are going to fall within those parameters.

What is important is that you evaluate your baby’s sleep needs and adjust their wake times accordingly.

If you find that your baby was napping really well but has since stopped doing so, I would recommend you increase their wake time by 15 minutes or so and see if that helps at all.

Use the recommended wake times as a guide and then tweak it to suit your child.


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Mobility (Learning New Skills)

The second reason for sleep disruptions around this age is the fact that babies learn a lot of new skills. Namely, how to move around!

So many babies are learning to sit and/or crawl at this age and that definitely can affect their sleep.

They’ll be interesting in practicing their newfound skills and are often slow to fall asleep because they’re distracted by it.

Or, you may hear them wake in the night cooing and playing for the same reason.

DO NOT GET THEM UP!

Leave them and let them go back to sleep. There is absolutely no need to go in and get them up early.

Also, I’ve found that my babies tend to bump into the side of the crib and get themselves into awkward positions when they’re trying to master crawling.

If that is the case, I will just go in and move them. They have all been able to go back to sleep right away.

Dropping the 3rd Nap

If we’re talking about baby sleep at 7 months of age, we can’t talk about it without mentioning transitioning away from the 3rd nap.

Your baby doesn’t have to drop the 3rd nap at this age, but many babies do.

We tried to drop it at 6-months with my daughter Charlotte, but she wasn’t quite ready.

However, at 7 months she was.

There are a few different ways that you can go about doing it like, cutting it shorter and shorter or dropping it all together.

I share more about how we did it in her summary below.

7 month old baby waving

Importance of Routine

At 7 months old it is especially important for your baby to be in a solid routine.

They are super smart at this age and will understand consistency and rhythm.

Below are a few sample 7 month old schedules to give you some guidance.

Sample 7 Month Old Schedule

It is common for there to be a transition in sleep schedules around this age, so for the sake of providing as much info as possible, I’ve included both a 3-nap schedule and also a couple variations of 2-nap schedules for 7 month olds.

3-Nap Schedule

  • 7:00 AM Desired wake time
  • 9:00-11:00 AM Nap
  • 1:00-3:00 PM Nap
  • 5:00-5:30 PM Nap
  • 6:45 PM Bath
  • 7:00 PM Bottle
  • 7:30 PM Bedtime

7 Month Old Schedule with 2 Naps

These are the two schedules that we used for Charlotte. We dropped the catnap but were still having issues with early waking.

So, we extended her wake times a little and that did the trick.

2-Nap Schedule:

  • 7:00 AM Desired wake time
  • 9:00-11 AM Nap
  • 1:00-3:30 PM Nap
  • 6:00 PM Bath
  • 6:15 PM Bottle
  • 6:30/45 PM Bedtime

Adjusted 2- Nap Schedule

  • 7:00 AM Desired wake time
  • 9:00-10:30 AM Nap
  • 1:00-3:30PM PM Nap
  • 6:15/30 PM Bath
  • 6:30/45 PM Feed
  • 6:45/7:00 PM Bed

By the Clock

I love it when my babies are old enough to just be on a “by-the-clock” routine.

It basically means that even if they wake early or the schedule is a little wonky, they still go to bed and wake up at the same time.

For instance, your desired wake time might be 7:00 AM and your baby’s first nap is at 9:00 AM.

Even if they wake earlier than 7:00 AM, you’d still keep them up until 9:00 AM.

As you can imagine, this kind of routine can really backfire if you have a baby that is super sensitive to being overtired.

However, many babies thrive on the consistency of it all and their internal clocks adapt well.

Often times a routine like this can help to solve short-nap problems so it may just be worth giving a go.

7 Month Old Baby Sample Schedules

1

  • 7:00 AM Desired wake time 
  • 8:30 AM Solids
  • 10:00-11:30 AM Nap then Bottle
  • 2:30-4:00 PM Nap then Bottle
  • 5:30 PM Solids
  • 7:30 PM Bedtime routine!

2

  • 6:30 AM Desired wake time/nurse
  • 8:15 AM Solids 
  • 9:30-10:30 AM Nap 1
  • 10:30 AM Nurse 
  • 1:00 PM Nurse 
  • 1:45-3:30 PM Nap 2
  • 3:30 PM Nurse 
  • 5:00 PM Solids 
  • 6:45 PM Nurse 
  • 7:20 PM Bed

3

  • 7:00 AM Desired wake time/feed
  • 9:00 AM Nap
  • 10:00 AM Feed
  • 12:00 PM Feed
  • 12:30 PM Nap (timed w/ my daughter)
  • 3:30 PM Feed
  • 6:30 PM Feed & begin bedtime routine
  • 7:00 PM Bed

4

  • 6:30 AM Desired wake time/feed
  • 8:00 AM Solids 
  • 9:00 AM Nap
  • 10:15 AM Feed
  • 12:30 PM Solids
  • 1:30 PM Nap 
  • 3:30 PM Feed
  • 5:30 PM Solids 
  • 6:45 PM Feed
  • 7:00 PM Bed 

5

  • 7:00 AM Desired wake time/feed
  • 8:00 AM Solids
  • 9:00-10:30 AM Nap then bottle
  • 12:00 PM Solids
  • 1:30-3:00 PM Nap then bottle
  • 5:00 PM Solids
  • 6:00 PM Start bedtime routine
  • 6:30 PM Bottle
  • 7:00 PM Lights out

6

  • 7:00 AM Desired wake time/feed
  • 8:00 AM Solids
  • 9:30-11/11:15 AM Nap then nurse
  • 11:45 AM Solids
  • 1:30 PM Nurse
  • 2/2:15-3:30/3:15 PM Nap
  • 4:00 PM Nurse
  • 4:30 PM Solids
  • 6:45 PM Bottle
  • 7:15 PM Bed
7 month old baby trying to eat plums

Eating

Solids are an essential part of your baby’s feeding routine at this age.

They will be hungry and breastmilk/formula will not be enough to satisfy their hunger.

If you do not give them solids then you can almost be assured that their sleep will be disrupted and you’ll have a generally grumpy baby.

Solids

With your first baby, the idea of introducing solids is so exciting! But by the time you get to your third child, the concept is not nearly as fun.

There is a lot of work involved in preparing and serving solid food for your baby.

I’ve never been strictly a “baby-led-weaning” mom, but I do definitely give more finger foods than I do purees.

Actually, with my third we’ve barely done any purees at all. She gets pretty much everything we’re eating, just cut up into appropriate sizes.

I think this is so much more convenient and I don’t feel any pressure that she eat a certain amount because it is almost impossible to measure.

Eating Chart

I’m very relaxed when it comes to giving different foods. The only thing that I completely avoid during the first year is honey due to the risk of botulism.

Aside from that, it is basically a free for all so long as there are no obvious choking hazards.

This chart is a great resource for introducing solid food to your baby.

Growth Spurts

If you notice your 7 month old wanting to eat all. the. time. then they may be going through a growth spurt.

It is very common that a growth spurt occurs around this time.

The best thing you can do is to FEED them. Refer to the chart above for foods that are rich in calories.

Weaning from Night Feeds

Another thing that you want to really work on at this time is weaning from night feeds.

Unless you have been advised otherwise by your doctor, your baby will be just fine without eating overnight at this age.

If you find that they aren’t hungry during the day and are still taking feeds overnight, it is definitely time to address that.

This post goes into great detail on the different methods that you can use to wean your baby from night feeds: How to Stop Night Feeds and Get Your Baby Sleeping Through!

7 Month Old Feeding Schedule with Solids

At 7 months old, this is what Charlotte’s feeding schedule looks like:

  • 7:00 AM Bottle (7oz)
  • 8:00 AM Solids (usually some toast & fruit)
  • 10:30 AM Bottle (7oz)
  • 12:00 PM Solids (sandwich/fruit/cheese/leftovers from dinner)
  • 12:45 PM Bottle (3oz)
  • 3:30 PM Bottle (5oz)
  • 5:30 PM Solids (whatever the family is having for dinner)
  • 6:45 PM Bottle (7oz)

Products

These are the kinds of products that I’ve enjoyed for my own babies and I think that you’ll find helpful too!

Eating

Sleeping

Play

Activities

I love that at this age babies tend to become so much more interested in the world.

If your baby is now mobile, you’re likely going to need to start baby-proofing a little bit as well.

Floor Time

Floor time is so great for your baby as it will only help strengthen their muscles and encourage both fine & gross motor skill development.

If your baby is happy enough to have floor time then it is a great opportunity to start introducing Independent Playtime.

This is especially true if you’ve dropped the 3rd nap.

Bath Time

Bath time is also especially fun now.

I you find that your baby is struggling to sit up without tipping over, here are a couple of options:

  1. Run a shallow bath and just lay them on their back (this is what we do)
  2. Invest in a bath seat (we did this with my second child). Just remember you need to supervise them closely as always.
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Charlotte’s 7 Month Old Baby Summary

It seems we have reached the age where babies change minute by minute.

Our little Charlotte’s personality is shining brighter and brighter every week that goes by and it is just lovely.

Month 7 was a transitional month for sure and I was ready to pull my hair out regarding sleep issues, but they did resolve by the end of it.

Transitions

Last month I talked about transitioning Charlotte from her infant capsule to the Britax Boulevard Clicktight.

We went ahead and did that and I’m so glad!

I’m fairly petite and even though Charlotte is as well, she was still just too heavy for me to be carting around in her car seat anymore.

We love the Clicktight series and I’m thankful we’ve made the transition.

Sleep Transitions

This month had me soooo tired because of our little miss and her early waking.

At first it started because she was still taking 3 naps. Remember, we tried to drop the 3rd nap and it didn’t work out.

However, that was a month previous and I felt like it was time to try again.

The main reason was because she was waking cooing and talking at night and then not always napping well during the day.

So, we dropped it and at first it was great.

However, she started waking around 5 AM and talking to herself before falling back asleep again.

So I decided to try and stretch her wake times. Thankfully, that did the trick and we are back in business.

Her wake times are as follows:

2 hours – 2.5 hours – 3-3.5 hours

7 month old baby feeding

Feeding

Because we switched up Charlotte’s sleep schedule this month, she’s now having 5 bottles instead of 4, except one is only half of her usual amount.

She feeds at:

  • 7:00 AM
  • 11:30 AM
  • 12:45 PM
  • 3:30 PM
  • 6:45 PM

She also has solids 3 times a day and just eats basically whatever we do.

She’s loving her food and we haven’t found anything that she won’t eat just yet.

Wake Time

I’ll talk about her development a bit more below but Charlotte has become a lot more mobile this month.

It has led to a lot less frustration and a much happier baby.

She can now get around and destroy play with the things she wants to.

She is usually content to just play on her own with a few toys and she gets all around the living room.

However, Charlotte also enjoys hanging out with her older siblings as well as jumping in the Jolly Jumper.

I’m finding myself not having to entertain her nearly as much and it has freed up so much of my time.

7 month old baby sitting

Development

Charlie is just moving and grooving now.

She has been rocking on all fours since forever, but she’s now officially army crawling.

This comes with its pros and cons of course.

She’s so much happier now that she can get around, but I’m having to actually start baby-proofing again.

It is times like these that you realize how well you’ve trained your toddlers not to touch things.

Anyway, the second con is that she still spits up profusely and now that she’s crawling it is just everywhere all the time.

Most of our living area is carpeted and I spend what feels like all day scrubbing spit up out of the carpet.

It is gross and I’m so looking forward to the spit up stage being over so I can just hire a carpet cleaner and do a proper job of it.

Oh, and because she’s army crawling, she also drags herself through it all of the time, so laundry is up even more than usual.

Yeah, I know it is gross, but it is also the reality of moms with spilly babies.

One day I will look back and miss her cute baby face but also will be thankful to not be scrubbing the carpet umpteen times a day.

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