Their 7th Month
What to expect during your baby's seventh month of life and what you can do to support them
Your baby's vision continues to improve and she is able to see everything in color!
They will continue to get more stable at sitting by themselves - and you might notice they are able to reach for toys around them. Try using a high chair to allow more interactive time for feeding!
She will bear weight in her legs when you support her upright - this will continue to develop as she gets stronger!
Your baby will grasp smaller objects with her entire hand and be able to transfer it back and forth between her hands. Remember to keep very small, choking hazard objects away from baby still!
You may start to see a little crawling or creeping along the floor - it is time to make sure everything is baby proofed
What can you do to support your baby?
Provide baby with different sizes and types of textured objects to grasp with their hands to keep promoting her fine motor skills
Place pillows around baby while they are sitting up, then place different objects on the pillows so she can reach for each, but will stay safe if she tips over
Make sure you watch to make sure she is safe during this activity
Let baby play with toys where she can push blocks or shapes through different holes. This will work on her ability to recognize cause-and-effect! No fancy toys needed - trying cut shapes into a cardboard box.
Feeding and Sleeping
Breastfed babies will be feeding every 3 - 4 hours and bottle-fed babies will be feeding roughly 4 - 6 times a day
7-month-olds might be eating as much as three solid meals a day - even though the amount during these meals may vary. Keep trying pureed fruits and veggies, along with baby cereal to make nutritious meal times!
You might see a sleep regression around this time, this is normal! Baby is continuing to grow and might want to feed more often. It is typical for baby to nap twice a day and get about 6- 11 hours of sleep at night.
Click the picture above to learn more about the transition to solid foods!
Things To Watch For
Speak with your pediatrician if -
Your baby is not able to sit without significant support or seems to not have the strength to hold up their trunk and core
They do not seem interested in the world around them - using their eyes or exploring with their hands and mouth
Make sure that your car seat is still appropriate as baby continues to grow. Your child should be in a rear-facing car seat until the age of two.