Your baby is already seven months old! The stage that will take you to your first year begins.
If you need information about the development and growth of seven-month-old babies, you are in the right place: the times of the introduction of new foods, the care and well-being of the little one, the stimulation of their psychophysical development.
Here’s the information you need to raise your seven-month-old baby!
Growth and development of your 7-month-old baby
At around seven months, the baby makes his first attempts at movement, especially by crawling or crawling. His progress is dizzying! What can you expect?
- From the age of seven months, children normally start to crawl, although there are children who never crawl and learn to walk directly, perhaps a little later.
- Other babies are not supported on the knees but are supported by the hands and feet, and others even roll over or crawl with their bellies.
- As always, there are no fixed rules. Each child has his own rate of development, which must be respected without forcing.
Another important progress of this age is the ability to understand the use of objects and their cause-effect relationships. For example, if he sees you turn on the kitchen stove, the child senses that his food is about to arrive. What else does?
- Able to pick up small objects and pass them from one hand to the other. To help him develop this ability and use all his fingers, you can offer him an age-appropriate book.
- Their verbal development will also multiply exponentially during this stage and, in addition to the sounds to which you have already become accustomed, the baby will begin to understand the meaning of some words.
- The child will begin to understand the meaning of words like ‘yes’ and ‘no’ or gestures such as laughing, celebrating and even applauding him when he does something right.
- Your son is now a sponge that learns from those around him, so be encouraged to talk to him often: you are a mirror for him and soon he will begin to emit everything you say and do. In less than you think, he will pronounce two of the words that will most excite you, ‘dad’ and ‘mom’.
Feeding your 7-month-old baby
How are you adapting to the introduction of new foods? Have you started with the fruit? Or maybe because of the cereals? What do parents have to know to be calm?
- You should know that many children find it difficult to give way to the spoon or adapt to new flavours and textures. In any case, you should not be overwhelmed. The maximum is: without haste and without demands.
- It is necessary to adapt to the rhythm of the baby and not pretend that it is he who adapts to the established stages, which are always indicative.
- A good trick for your baby to get used to eating with a spoon is to put him in a high chair at lunch, snack or dinner. Now you have enough stability to sit there for a while and if, in addition, you sit at the table with your parents and they make meals a stimulating time with the family, the spoon operation will surely be easier.
- The high chair must be practical, comfortable and above all safe.
ATTENTION! When the baby begins to take food other than breast milk or formula, he may become constipated. Don’t worry, it’s normal. Simply, your body has to adapt to the change in diet.
Your 7-month-old baby’s dream
Does your baby still sleep in your room or have you moved to his own space? What should you keep in mind regarding your little one’s dream at this age?
- There are parents who consider that, from the age of six months, it is an ideal time to move the crib to the child’s room.
- Other parents, on the other hand, consider that it is better for the baby to be closer, or even in the same bed as the parents, in case of practising sleeping.
- In this aspect, and whatever the chosen modality, it is important that mom and dad agree and feel comfortable.
REMEMBER! When it comes to decorating your baby’s room , it is not necessary to have many things: a crib, which can be evolutionary, a changing table with drawers to store your little things and an armchair to breastfeed or bottle are enough.
Tips and well-being for your 7-month-old baby
Have you had any teeth left? In general, the lower central incisors appear first, between six and eight months. However, also, in this case, the times are not the same for all children: some may have earlier teeth and others maybe later. What do you need to know about teething?
- Normally, the signs of the first teeth coming out are the most abundant salivation, the most swollen gums and the desire to chew everything that goes through your mouth, to carry out a kind of self-massage on the gums.
- If the little one has already started teething and feels pain or discomfort, you can offer him specific teethers, which can even be kept in the fridge, to be able to give a Gently massage to the child’s gums.
- You know also that vitamin D is important for the development of bones and teeth, for immunity and growth. How is it obtained?
- In addition to being obtained through diet, vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
- This does not mean that we should expose the baby’s skin to the sun as well, but rather make sure that he walks for a while in the sun, duly protected with high protection sun creams, every day.
- In the summer months, however, you should avoid the hottest hours of the day.
ADVICE! It is important that when you go for a walk with your baby, dress him appropriately, without exaggerating in sheltering him in winter or exposing him to direct sun in summer, especially in the central hours of the day. Apply adequate sun protection!
How to stimulate your 7-month-old baby
Below I will specify some early stimulation exercises, which at this stage you can do with your baby 7 to 10 times each, remember that what it is to smile, sing, clap, talk, caress, etc., you can do them as many times you want in the day and how many times your baby wants to do it, with this you support him in his development.
- Place your baby semi-sitting, you can put a pillow on his back, and place a mobile or object that catches his attention so that when motivated, he tries to grab it with his hands and thus he will be sitting.
- Put your baby lying down, near the rails of his crib and show him a toy of his choice or any object that catches his attention, so that he grabs the railing and stands up to reach it.
- Turn your baby upside down and place a toy or object that he likes in front of him so that he wants to go for him, you can help him, making him move his legs and his hands to start crawling, when he has done it, throw him, batons, applaud, laugh, celebrate your achievement.
- Take your baby’s little hands and teach him how to clap, he will do it himself soon.
- Give him an object in each hand and teach him a third, observe what he does, if he throws one to take the other, or manages to take all 3, repeat this several times.
- Have your baby take an object with one hand and pass it to the other, do that several times.
- Hide objects that you like and remember from your baby, ask them where one of them is, then give it to them, see their reaction and repeat this exercise several times. With this exercise, you help him develop the permanence of an object on a mental level.
- Walk your baby around your house, teach him what happens if you press the light switch, what happens if you press the doorbell, or what happens if you press a sound toy, with this exercise you help your baby recognize the cause-effect of things.
Auditory and language stimulation:
- Talk to your baby, get their attention, with objects, sounds, with claps, by name, with whistles, with what you imagine, the goal is for your baby to turn around with the security of finding where the sound comes from.
- With head or hand movements, teach him what is “yes” and what is “no”.
- Speak to him by name and tell him to give you an object that he recognizes, with this, you reaffirm the ability to recognize orders and responses.
- Let your baby eat with his hands, feel the texture of the food, of course, he is going to beat, have some wet or flat wipes on hand, let him get dirty and then bathe him, depending on the result. !!!! LOL. Have fun with it.
- Pass it by your house, you have to touch various things to feel the different textures with your hands.
- You can buy him a non-toxic play-do bunk and let him feel it with his little hands, crush it, pull it, manipulate it as he wants. You feel the soft and hard texture of it.
- Clap your hands, make gestures, laugh, raise your arms, so that your baby can imitate you. This is a form of learning, through imitation.
- Let your baby play with other children his age, that he learn to relate to people other than those he knows, with this you help him in his socialization.
Toys you can give your 7-month-old baby:
- Plush dolls
- Toys that have a heavy base to stand on when thrown.
- Toys that sound when squished.
- You can put an entertainment centre where various activities come so that you stimulate different skills.
- Music boxes.
- Toys with sounds.