My 7-month-old baby: your baby's growing world
Your 7-month-old baby will likely start moving more independently this month, and might begin exploring his surroundings in new ways. In addition, his first tooth could be arriving soon. You'll need to help your baby cope with teething while you continue to foster his development.
7-month-old baby sleep patterns and tips
- Separation anxiety your baby might have developed last month could keep him up at night.
- Your baby might stay awake later, or wake up more often, to practice his newest crawling and sitting abilities.
- If your baby begins waking up in the middle of the night, try putting him to sleep earlier.
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Solid food options you can add to your 7-month-old baby's diet
If you did not start introducing solid foods last month, you will likely begin soon. You should introduce new foods to your baby gradually and one at a time to help spot potential food allergies. If your baby has a severe reaction to a specific food, contact your health care provider.
Here are some foods to consider in addition to breast milk or baby formula:
- Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, oats)
- Pureed or strained fruits (bananas, pears, apples, peaches)
- Pureed or strained vegetables (well-cooked carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes)
- Pureed meat (chicken, pork, beef)
- Pureed tofu
- Pureed legumes (black beans, chickpeas, edamame, fava beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, and kidney beans)
What to expect during your baby's teething at 7 months old
Some babies might seem uncomfortable when teething, but you can help soothe the pain. Here are some signs to watch for:
- He might start drooling more heavily and biting on his hands.
- Saliva might cause a rash to develop on his chin.
- Inflamed gums can make him irritable and uncomfortable, and can also keep him up at night.
Here are effective ways to help relieve your baby’s teething:
- Give him a frozen teething ring or other teething toy, or even a frozen wet washcloth to chew on to help relieve the discomfort.
- Replenish your stock of bibs, and try to keep cloths close by to help keep his clothes and face dry.
How to help your 7-month-old baby learn as he grows
Your baby's language, recognition, and social skills are at an important stage of development. Here are some easy activities you and your baby can do together:
- Chat with your baby every time you are together.
- Expose him to a variety of sounds, and help him locate the sources.
- Imitate the sounds your baby makes, and try to get him to make those sounds back to you.
- Provide quiet time when the radio and TV are not on.
- Make a photo album of familiar family members, and point to and name objects and people to help your baby absorb new words.
7-month-old baby developmental milestones
Every baby grows and learns at a different pace, but by the end of your baby's 7th month, he will likely be able to do the following:
- Get up on all fours and rock back and forth
- Eat finger foods that are soft on his own
- "Creep" or scoot around on his belly
- Look for something that has dropped