Once Baby hits the seven month mark, parents may begin wondering whether or not dropping the catnap is a good idea. Remember, Baby's sleep schedule is something that is always evolving based on your baby, your family and your routine, so this transition will happen differently for everyone.

Sometime within the weeks listed, most Babywise babies drop their catnap, reducing the five feed-wake-sleep cycles to four, requiring more daytime adjustments. The four feed-wake-sleep cycles include breakfast, lunch, dinner and a liquid feeding at bedtime.

Again, please take note of the large span of weeks separating Merges Five and Six. We could compare two babies similar in age who may make this merge two months apart from each other. But when you respond each child's individual sleep needs, you'll find each falls within the “normal” range for dropping their catnaps.

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Here is your sample schedule:

Dropping the Catnap: Baby's Sample Nap Schedule After Merge Six
(Weeks 28-40)


1. Morning: 7:00-8:00 a.m.

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime
  3. Down for a nap

2. Mid-day

  1. Feeding
  2. Waketime
  3. Down for a nap

3. Late Afternoon

  1. Feeding*
  2. Waketime
  3. Dinner time with family**
  4. Early evening waketime

4. Bedtime

  1. 8:00 pm: Liquid feeding, down for the night

    * Baby will receive his cereal, vegetables or fruits at this feeding.

    ** Baby joins family mealtime with light finger foods. (This is more of a snack than a full meal.)

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    (Further information on feed-wake-sleep cycles and nighttime sleep can be found in Babywise II.)


    Excerpted with permission from On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo, M.A. and Robert Bucknam, M.D., copyright Parent-Wise Solutions, Inc. You can learn more and purchase the book here.

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