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New foods, new teeth, new experiences.
Your baby’s world right now
Bring out those teething rings!
In addition, his first tooth could be arriving soon. You'll need to help him cope with the pain of teething while you continue to foster his development. 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 some 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.
Your baby’s nutrition
Options, options! She wants options!
Foods to consider in addition to breast milk or baby formula:
- Iron-fortified baby cereals (rice, barley, oats)
- Pureed meat (fully cooked beef, pork, chicken)
- Pureed or strained fruits (bananas, pears, apples, peaches)
- Pureed or strained vegetables (well-cooked carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes)
- Pureed tofu
- Pureed legumes (black beans, chickpeas, edamame, fava beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, and kidney beans)
Your baby’s development
Uh-oh, where’d it go? (He’s looking for things now.)
- 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
In addition, 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.
Sleep patterns and tips at 7 months.
- 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.
Have questions about SIDS?
Learn about SIDS at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Things to think about now
It’s time for a serious baby-proofing.
Researching and implementing some baby-proofing strategies and techniques will make everyone’s lives a lot easier, safer, and more enjoyable. And did we mention safer?
Don't be surprised if this shift to increased independence results in some major mini-me meltdowns, especially during transition times like when you’re walking out the door for work. There are many online resources for strategies to calm nerves (hers and yours), reassure uncertainty (hers and yours), and smooth these transitions.