Ah, seven months old. The age when your little nugget is starting to show their personality and make you smile with all sorts of new tricks. But as thrilling as it may be, keeping up with baby milestones can be overwhelming for even the most experienced parents! Don't worry though; we're here to help with a checklist of things to look out for in your seven-month-old baby.
Growing Like A Weed
Your once tiny newborn is now growing at an impressive rate - can you believe it? By this stage they'll have likely doubled their birth weight and gained about 1-2 pounds per month since. Remember that every child's growth rate differs and can vary depending on factors like genetics, diet, physical activity level and overall health.
By seven months old, most healthy babies will be able to sit upright without support for short periods of time (which means it's party trick time!), roll over from front-to-back or back-to-front (watch out floor, these babies are on the move) and even begin shuffling around by dragging themselves across the ground on their tummy or scooting backwards (mission impossible has nothing against them).
Grasping Everything Around Them
Babies love putting everything in their mouth but before that happens they need to get a grip first! Seven-month-olds typically develop pincher grasps so they can grasp smaller objects using their thumb and pointer finger together (making hands-on materials available for them stimulates early learning skills too).
Sensory & Cognitive Development
Playing With Sounds
As your baby starts hearing better than ever before remember to keep talking (like non-stop)to them about anything happening around them since infants learn through listening constantly. At around 7-11 months babies match sounds heard from individual words towards the end of this time period. Your baby will likely begin babbling a lot more and enjoying experimenting with different sounds (like becoming their own DJ).
The Power Of Object Permanence
Peek-a-boo! By seven months, babies have begun to understand that just because something is out of sight (for example your face behind your hand) it doesn't mean it's gone forever. This concept, known as object permanence, means that they are now aware objects continue to exist even when no longer visible (yeees like vanishing magic tricks) which provides an opening for more complex games and toys.
Being Socially Responsive
Seven-month-olds finally get the punch line - although things like sniffing their feet make them giggle too. They carry a much deeper awareness about people around them and therefore respond appropriately when their parents or caregivers interact with or talk to them (which gives us all some relief for sure).
Milk continues to be the main source of nutrition but by seven monthsworth considering introducing solids alongside breastfeeding if not already done so while keeping iron-rich grains & fruits high on lists since infants require 9 mg/day around age then. Remember though that every child has unique dietary needs so consult with professionals prior making any feeding changes.
Adjusting To Table Foods
By seven months many wee ones start showing real interest in table foods but switching over must happen gradually since digestive system adapts over first year-plus helping avoid problems later (wasn’t spicy curry grandpa’s favorite?). As hygiene measures still ramp-up introduce small amounts one at atime ('Hey kiddo truffle fries anyone?')and try mixing textures such as mashed veggies, soft chicken pieces along with lumpy gravies.
Keeping Up With Vaccines
At 7 months old following vaccinations schedule becomes an important responsibility for parents. Plan on receiving major vaccines like DTaP (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus), Rotavirus vaccine to further protect child from infectious diseases.
Perfecting Short Naps
Babies of this age may continue taking three naps per day total length about 3-4 hours daily (towards later months the focus shifts more towards two scheduled longer naps everyday). Optimize sleep by creating a restful environment in their refuge which includes using blackout curtains to decrease light exposure along with comfortable bedding (Remember quality over quantity counts our little champs deserve top-notch treatment).
Woes of Teething Begin
Unfortunately, teething woes often begin around seven months old as teeth begin erupting (nope not magic wands) so plan or stocking-up on good-quality teethers, massagers made-in-the-U.S.A., baby-safe gels that promote healthy tooth growth versus painful episodes (:scream:!) enabling them doze off quickly without interruption.
Encourage Motor Activities
Make sure you have enough space available for your baby to move around freely and they need motivation! encouraging crawling through tunnels, playing puts at the park enables babies support refining certain muscles encouraging independence skill-wise.
At seven monthers old,Milestones such as physical development , cognitive awareness , Social Skills are showing up fine . Follow these tips to ensure an exciting and hassle-free journey capable enough to watch both parents & kids make great discoveries while freeing stress behind allowing ample opportunities for surges ahead together!