Caring For Your 7 Month Old Baby
It’s amazing to watch your baby grow, isn’t it? To see them smile at you for the first time. To watch them roll over. To feel them grip your finger and wrap their little arms around your neck. What a wonderful gift! And to think, it’s already been 7 months. Where has the time gone?
At this point, you likely have your routine down, but some questions may still linger. Specifically, what can you expect from your 7 month old baby? What are the next developmental milestones? And will any of your baby’s habits change in the next few weeks?
In this article, the baby experts at Mustela will answer those questions and tell you everything you need to know about caring for your 7 month old baby. We’ll discuss such topics as:
- Your baby’s development
- Your baby’s senses
- Your baby’s motor skills
- Your baby’s feeding habits
- Your baby’s sleeping habits
We’ll also cover immunizations, general childcare tips, and when to visit the doctor.
Caring For Your 7 Month Old Baby
Your baby has come a long way in the last seven months, and you may feel like you’ve seen it all. But their growth and development are only going to accelerate, and there are still some exciting milestones yet to come.
Your 7 Month Old Baby’s Development
At this point in your 7 month old baby’s development, they will have doubled their birth weight (or at least come pretty close). That said, don’t be alarmed if your baby is more or less than double their birth weight. This is just a general guideline.
Every baby is different. If your baby is eating their fill at every meal and you’re giving them plenty of love and attention, their weight shouldn’t be an issue.
Right around the seventh month, your baby will have grown enough that it may be time to dress them in the next larger clothing size. You don’t want your baby to be uncomfortable in too-small clothes, so invest in some new onesies, pants, and shirts.
At the same time, your baby’s teeth will continue to emerge. This can cause irritability and changes in sleep habits. To alleviate the pain of teething, be sure to have a toy on hand at all times for them to gnaw on.
Your 7 Month Old Baby’s Senses
Your 7 month old baby’s body isn’t the only thing that’s changing. Their brain and their senses are developing too.
At seven months, your baby’s nonverbal communication is improving. They can now make a variety of facial expressions to communicate how they feel, and they may even be able to understand how you feel from your facial expressions.
Your baby is also starting to understand language around the seven-month mark. They’ll be able to respond when you say no (although, whether they choose to obey is another story). And they’ll be able to make a variety of their own vocal sounds.
To encourage the development of your little one’s communication, make playtime a regular part of their day. Stimulating, sing-song games like “itsy-bitsy spider,” “peek-a-boo,” and “this little piggy” are ideal for playtime.
Another major development that often occurs around the seventh month is the emergence of the object permanence concept. Your 7 month old baby’s memory has improved enough that they start to realize that people and objects still exist even when they’re hidden from view. Be prepared, because this can sometimes lead to separation anxiety.
Your 7 Month Old Baby’s Motor Skills
Sitting & Reaching
As your baby’s body and brain continue to grow, motor skills get stronger and more coordinated. By seven months, your baby may be able to sit unassisted and even reach for and pick up toys.
Encourage these fine motor skills by placing toys just out of reach so that your little one has to move and work to get their favorite stuffed panda.
Your 7 month old baby is also more mobile now. They’ll soon be creeping, scooting, rolling, and crawling their way around the room. Promote this movement by scattering a few brightly colored items around the room to draw their attention.
Expert tip: With your baby on the move, now’s the time to baby proof your house if you haven’t done so already.
With the increase in your baby’s coordination, they’ll soon be able to hold and drink from a cup, and maybe even hold and eat with a spoon. You can encourage independence and development by always having a sippy cup and a small plastic spoon nearby at mealtimes.
Your 7 Month Old Baby’s Feeding Habits
As your 7 month old baby grows new teeth, they’ll be able to handle chunkier foods. Switch to mashed fruits and vegetables instead of pureed, and introduce some new foods that your baby hasn’t tried before.
If an allergic reaction occurs, stop giving your baby the new food and visit a doctor.
Your 7 Month Old Baby’s Sleeping Habits
Some babies will start sleeping through the night after you introduce solid foods at six months. Others may still wake up several times a night. Both are perfectly normal.
Your baby’s sleep patterns may change drastically around the seventh month because they’re undergoing a growth spurt. They’re also suffering from teething pains, which can interrupt a solid night’s sleep as well.
If your baby was sleeping through the night at five or six months and now suddenly wakes up every few hours, don’t panic. Once the growth spurts and teething are over, your little one should return to their normal sleep schedule.
Your 7 Month Old Baby’s Immunizations
There are no immunizations needed at the seven-month mark. But to help keep your baby happy and healthy, be sure to wash their hands throughout the day, especially before meals and snacks. It’s also important to wipe down their toys with a cleansing wipe every few days.
General Childcare Tips
By seven months, your baby is becoming more independent. This is a great opportunity to take some time for yourself. Schedule an appointment at the hairdresser or get a mani/pedi at the local spa. Taking a bit of time for yourself once in a while will make it easier to give your child the attention they need.
Skin care is also essential during your baby’s seventh month. Your little one’s skin is developing and growing, and it’s susceptible to skin conditions like:
To treat and prevent these conditions, always use baby-friendly skin care products made with natural ingredients, like Mustela’s. It’s also important to use gentle products during bath time, including:
These safe, gentle products will keep your 7 month old baby’s delicate skin soft, smooth, and healthy.
When To Be Concerned
All babies develop differently, and your doctor will let you know if there’s any reason to be concerned during the six-month well-baby visit. But if your little one starts to exhibit the following behaviors, talk to your doctor right away:
- Does not respond to sound
- Flops head when pulled into a sitting position
- Does not actively reach for objects
- Only reaches for objects with one hand
- Has trouble getting objects to mouth
- Does not bear their own weight when you pull them into a standing position
- Shows no affection for you or your partner
- Shows no enjoyment around people
- Shows no interest in games like peek-a-boo
- Does not laugh or squeal
- Does not smile without prompting
And, of course, there is always the possibility that your 7 month old baby will come down with a cold. There’s no need to visit your doctor at the first sign of sniffles; you want to give your baby’s immune system time to work.
However, if your child develops any of the following symptoms, visit a doctor as soon as possible:
- Not feeding
- Hasn’t needed a diaper change in six hours
- Making strange noises while breathing
- Fever of 102 or higher
- Fever lasts longer than 72 hours
- Persistent cough
- Runny nose that doesn’t get better
Any of these signs could be an indication that something else is going on.
Remember that every baby develops at their own special speed. Some babies may zoom past these milestones in their sixth month. Other babies may wait until their eighth month to exhibit these behaviors.
The development timing isn’t crucial, but your love and affection are. So shower your little one with plenty of hugs and kisses as you watch them grow!