Here’s what you can expect by the end of the seventh month.
Sleeping: Most babies are sleeping at least 8-10 continuous hours at night by now and many will be sleeping at least 12 consecutive hours (woo-hoo)! She’s probably taking two naps during the day as well. If your baby isn’t on this schedule…don’t worry! Every baby is different! Talk to your pediatrician if you are concerned (or go here for some infant sleeping tips).
Teeth Every baby is different, but most babies have gotten their first tooth by 7 months. Big Brother was 5 1/2 months and Little Brother was 6 1/2 months.
Weight: You can expect your baby to gain about 1 pound per month for the next several months.
Gross Motor Development: Your baby should be able to roll both ways (tummy to back and back to tummy) as well as hold her head up with ease. She will also be able to sit with and then without support. She should be able to bear all of her weight on her legs when stood up.
Fine Motor Development: Your baby can reach with one hand and should be able to transfer an object from one hand to another. He’ll also use a raking grasp (with his whole hand) to pick something up rather than a pincer grasp (thumb and finger).
Cognitive Development: Your baby is studying the world around her! She’ll probably attempt find a partially hidden object (if placed underneath a blanket) and will probably struggle (with all her might) to get objects that are out of reach.
Language: Your baby recognizes and responds to his name! He also can use his voice to express joy and displeasure as well as respond to a sound with a sound. He can babble chains of consonants “da, da, da, da” and “ma, ma, ma, ma”. He probably doesn’t quite associate “Dada” and “Mama” with his parents, but it is exciting nonetheless! He also might be able to respond to the word, “no” probably by crying.
Solid Foods: Your child has probably already started eating solids. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that most babies are ready to start solids around 4-6 months. Make sure to give your child one new food at a time, waiting at least 3-5 days before giving another. After each new food, watch for any allergic reactions such as diarrhea, rash, or vomiting. If any of these occur, stop using the new food immediately and contact your child’s doctor. Even though the baby food needs to be highly pureed still, you can vary the intensity of the puree as your child gets more and more teeth.
Practice sitting up:Let your little one sit up frequently. If he still falls over frequently when sitting up, put pillows around him (always supervising, of course, to ensure that he doesn’t fall face-first into a pillow).
Read, read, read! It might sometimes feel monotonous or perhaps like your baby couldn’t care less, but continue to read to her anyway. She’ll probably like books with texture at this point in time. Not only will she enjoy hearing your voice, she’ll begin to recognize pictures and start to correlate pictures of objects with the verbal words. Also, try to read books with real pictures, that way she can associate the actual picture of the object with the spoken word.
Practice standing:Encourage your child to stand by holding underneath her armpits while she bears weight on her legs. Never pick your child up by their hands, though, as it can pop their elbows out of socket (speaking from experience). Some children are more susceptible to this than others…the condition is called nursemaid’s elbow.
Go for a walk: Weather permitting, try taking your little one on a walk each day. He’s hearty enough by now that he can even go out on cooler days and he’ll enjoy getting to see the world around him! Plus, it’s a great time to talk to him and tell him all of the things he sees. Make sure to keep him in the shade or use sunscreen (specially made for babies).
Enjoy an exersaucer or stationary activity center. These are great for developing the muscles in the legs, though not for extended periods of time. Put your child in an exersaucer for no more than 20 minutes per sitting! Avoid baby walkers with wheels as they are considered dangerous by the AAP.
Feeding: Your most likely full-force into spoon-feeding your baby! Just make sure that the baby food is fully pureed!
These are my favorite spoons because they’re soft and a little bit longer, which makes feeding easier.
Peek-A-Boo: Playing “peek-a-boo” helps your baby learn about object permanence…an important development milestone for babies. Find out why “peek-a-boo” is so important here. Don’t be surprised, however, if your baby doesn’t seem interested at first. Just keep trying!
Ask your doctor if your baby:
Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
Seems very floppy, like a rag doll
One or both eyes consistently turn in or out
Does not respond to sounds around him
Head still flops back when body is pulled up to a sitting position
Doesn’t respond to sounds around him
Reaches with only one hand
Seems inconsolable at night
Does not babble or attempt to imitate speech
Refuses to cuddle and shows no affection to the person caring for him
Doesn’t roll in either direction
Doesn’t smile spontaneously
Doesn’t seem to enjoy being around people
Persistent tearing, eye-drainage or sensitivity to light
Doesn’t follow objects with both eyes at near 1 foot and far 6 feet ranges
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