Can you believe that your little one is already seven months old? At this age, your baby may already be starting to pull up on furniture, reach for things and go faster than the speed of light in their walker.
As your baby continues to become more mobile, here’s what you can expect during their 7 month milestones.
The average weight of a baby at seven months is approximately 18 pounds for a boy and 16 pounds for a girl, with length respectively around 26 to 27 inches. This can vary depending on the genetics and overall health of your baby, so don’t worry if your baby doesn’t is a little larger or smaller than the average.
Developmental 7 Month Milestones
When it comes to developmental milestones, boy are you in for a treat this month. Babies at this age are full of energy and vigor, especially when they realize all the fun things their little bodies can do.
While some babies reach these milestones sooner than others, most babies should be able to do the following during at the 7 month milestone mark:
- Pass an object from one hand to the other.
- Sit unassisted.
- Roll from front to back.
- Bounce when held in a standing position.
- Bear weight on legs with help.
- Begin to crawl.
But the fun does not stop there. During the 7 month milestones period, babies often become quite verbal and will make sounds that are tied to their emotions. They may squeal with happy and scream when frustrated. Your little one will recognize familiar faces and may respond to talking by making sounds that sound like “b” or “m.
Seeing their reflection in the mirror also brings about happy smiles during this period. However, during this period, babies may also become frightened of strangers and respond in fear when they approach. They may also start to cry when you or your partner leave. Thankfully this phase usually is short-lived when your baby understands that your absence is only temporary.
Keep in mind that every baby will develop at a different rate and it’s perfectly okay if your baby hasn’t reached of the 7 month milestones yet. However, if your little one seems to be lagging too far behind in development or is exhibiting some of the following signs, be sure to speak your pediatrician:
- Doesn’t respond to sounds.
- Is unable to sit unassisted.
- Is not gaining weight.
- Does not attempt to roll over.
- Seems disinterested in affection.
- Doesn’t reach for things.
- Cannot bring objects to their mouth.
A Typical Day
As your baby becomes more active, you’ll need to keep a close eye on them. From becoming more mobile and starting to eat solids, the 7 month milestones mark a period of exploration for your baby. Make sure to give the, plenty of time to explore the world safely while maintain their nap and bedtime schedule. Not only does will ward off overly tired tears, but it also gives you a chance to rest as well.
Even if your baby doesn’t seem tired, they still need to sleep. In fact, sleep is when many of your baby’s most important growth occurs, so maintaining a proper sleep schedule is a must.
As your baby cruises through their seventh month of life, how they cruise can vary. Most babies figure out they can crawl between six and 10 months of age. Some babies do crawler earlier while others roll their way around until they one day get up on their knees and take off.
Don’t be overly concerned about the way your child is exploring. Every baby is different and as such, you might find that the way they crawl differs as well. Babies may alternate between traditional crawling one day only to pretend to be a crab and drag one leg behind them the next. Rest assured, this is perfectly normal.
During the 7 month milestones period, babies are also learning that their bodies move in different ways, so it’s not uncommon for them to test the waters and see what they can do.
As long as your baby is trying to get mobile, there is nothing to worry about.
However, if your baby isn’t attempting to crawl and seems frustrated or in pain, contact your pediatrician immediately.
Baby Care Basics
Whether this is your first baby or your third, reaching 7 month milestones is exciting and exhausting!
Whether your baby is wide awake or fast asleep, you need to carve out time for yourself. Since your baby is now more active, both of you need to time to recharge your batteries.
As tempting as it is to flip on a child-friendly program for your little one while you catch your breath, you need to find another way to soothe your baby while you rest.
According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, you should not allow your baby screen time until they are over the age of two. Instead, you can encourage independent play in a playpen with soft books that have different textures for baby to touch.
In addition, you can also play different types of music to stimulate your baby while they are playing. Just remember that little ears cannot handle loud music, so play it safe and keep the volume low.
At seven months of age, you should be starting to introduce new foods in a variety of textures. Now is the perfect time to get your baby used to eating, even in small amounts, solids as opposed to always drinking breast milk or formula.
Keep in mind that a little goes a long way, so if your baby is having a hard time getting used to getting, it’s okay. You can always try again with a different flavor or texture.
Many babies at this age still rely on formula and breast milk as the main source nutrition.
During the 7 month milestones, you can also try to introduce a sippy cup and baby-safe silverware and plates. Some babies take a sippy right way, so if this is the case with your little one, feel free to make the transition.
With so many changes happening at this time, the 7 month milestones are sure to bring about a few tears. With teeth erupting, teething can definitely through your baby’s sleep off track. You might even feel like you’re taking a step backwards when your baby is up every hour. However, once their teeth come in, these tiny growing pains will pass.
To make this time as comfortable as possible, you can try the following to make teething a bit less painless:
Allow your baby to take use a pacifier if needed. Teething is painful, so even if you were success in taking it away, 7 month milestones sometimes warrant a little extra TLC. In addition, make sure both you and your partner have time to rest. Take turns soothing your baby while the other takes a break.
Even if this means sleeping in another room, it’s better to be well rested than exhausted with a short fuse. Finally, ask your pediatrician about pain relief for tender gums. Usually, they will recommend ibuprofen to keep your baby as comfortable as possible until their teeth come in.
As mentioned above, baby’s first teeth usually start to come in around six months. But if your baby’s first tooth has yet to come, don’t worry! Every baby is different and soon enough, that pearly white will makes its debut.
Making the most out of the 7 month milestones isn’t always painless, it’s definitely worth it. In between playing, exploring and a few tears, your baby’s personality and sense are now taking form. So, take a deep breath and know that your baby’s 7 month milestones are only the beginning.