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Your baby, 7 months


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7 months old Your baby is becoming more interested in playing and can entertain himself for a little while on the floor. Encourage him to play by giving him stimulating and interesting toys. Your baby may enjoy an exersaucer or jumper, and this will help him develop muscles that are needed for walking. Many babies take off crawling at this age! When he begins to rock back and forth on his hands and knees, crawling is soon to come! If he is not yet up on his hands and knees, encourage him by placing favorite toys in front of him. Praise his accomplishments and if he begins to get frustrated, stop.

Organzing baby's toys can be a challenge. You need to find somewhere to safely store her toys so that they are easily accesible, but also easy to clean up. Low shelves can be great- make sure they are secured to the wall. A plastic laundry basket makes an ideal place for toys. Your baby can easily see what is inside and it moves from place to place easily. Make her play area interesting and encourage her to play with different toys to maximize learning. Babies at this age like toys that fit inside of each other- get her some nesting cups or a bowl with objects that can go inside.

Finger foods are good for babies that show an interest in feeding themselves. You can get special finger foods made just for babies or use cheerios as well. Bread, cheese and cooked veggies are all good choices. Put a couple on the highchair at a time. This will also help your baby develop fine motor skills. Let your baby help feed himself with less messy foods. At first, it can be messy. But, this is one of the many ways you can teach your baby to be independent. She probably has some teeth and sometimes snacking can help soothe the pain. It is also time to add some types of protein to her diet. You can add strained or pureed meats and poultry, but wait on eggs until atleast a year old.

New sounds will continue to come from your baby's mouth. She is learning different sounds and can say alot more. Listen to her and repeat her `words`. Point to objects and tell her what they are. Use a persons name when she sees them. Babies like to hear different sounds and will probably bang their toys together. Allow her to play with toys that make sounds.

Your baby likes to be included in what you do. He likes to be with other people and see pictures of other babies. Let him look at himself in the mirror often. Your baby can tell if someone is happy or upset by the way they look and talk. If you are upset, chances are your baby will notice.

You may begin to hear what sounds like real words. Your baby has learned alot about language and can say ma, mi, da, di, ba and bi. Put that together, and you may have just hear `mommy` or `daddy`. Make a game out of blowing air and clicking your tongue. These will help her with learning to talk. Teach your baby where her body parts are. You can show your baby different colors and tell him what they are.

Your baby's eyes are developing rapidly. When she was born, she could not see very far or differentiate colors. That is all changing now. Take her for walks and let her see as much as possible. Introduce her to different patterns, shapes, textures and colors. Play games with her that encourage her to use both eyes at the same time.

Because you are the most important thing to your baby, she will try to keep track of you. Separation anxiety is still an issue, but showing her that you will return will help. Calming your baby's distress will help her become less clingy. She will develop a sense of trust and security. As your baby grows and learns that you will always return for him, he will be able to tolerate longer perids of separation because of the trust he developed.

Developmental Milestones 7 Months Old

Physical
  • Your baby can support some of her weight on her legs and loves to bounce
  • Can turn when sitting to reach for a desired object
  • May be able to get into a sitting position from lying on stomach
  • Can scoop things up with one hand and transfer from one hand to another
  • Can drink from a two handed cup with assistance
  • May start to roll around the room to get objects she desires
  • Will try to crawl
  • Begins to actually get teeth
  • Can stand while holding onto someone or something
  • Can pull up to a standing position from a sitting one
  • Some babies can cruise around furniture while holding on

Intellectual
  • Enjoys banging objects together
  • Continues to make babbling sounds
  • Is very curious about the world around them
  • Your baby will start to test your authority
  • Actively engages in hiding games-likes to play peek a boo
  • Can remember small things-the jack in the box pops up at the end of the song
  • Understands how objects relate to one another in 3D space
  • May be able to sort toys
  • Waves bye-bye
  • May be able to say mama or dada

Emotional
  • Vents frustration
  • Beginnings of separation anxiety starts
  • May awake more during the night seeking your comfort
  • Can recognize different tones and may burst into tears if you speak harshly

Age Appropriate Toys
  • Books
  • Exercise saucer
  • Balls
  • Bath toys
  • Cause and effect toys
  • Musical instruments-shakers, cymbals, drums, etc..
  • Jack in the box or other pop up toys
  • Hiding toys
  • Stacking toys and nesting cylinders
  • Blocks
  • Games such as peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake
  • Stuffed animals
  • Large dolls


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MamaLuvnJah - Thursday, 30 Jan
Hi Ladies, I used IAP for all 3 of my pregnancies some of you remember me. I am TTC baby #4. We started a fun moms group on facebook. We have a lot of IAP moms and moms that I've known for years. Our facebook group name: Cause mommy says so. Please join our great group of friends. I'd love to add some new moms to the group.

3loveofmylife - Saturday, 14 Sep
Jen thanks and it only took him 4 days lol it was worth it, and today he's been putting his hands up in the air every time we walk by him and he makes that noise that says pick me up pick me up lol i don't know where he learned that but its soo cute i hope Sara keeps getting better at night. Verena Noah has also been eating solids for dinner since he was 6 months i think its fine if you give him solids for dinner now.

Jen11 - Friday, 13 Sep
lol, yes Verena, time to move to 8 months. Sara turned 8 months on Monday, I just haven't had time to write. I have been giving Sara solids for dinner since she was 5 months old, though she will get a bottle about an hour later too. #love - well done Noah. An impressive skill, getting off the sofa! Sara has improved slightly the last three nights, long may it last!

3loveofmylife - Thursday, 12 Sep
Jen maybe when Sara stops teething she will get better at sleeping. for the last 4 days i have been teaching Noah how to get down from our sofa on his own since he loves sitting on it all the times and i don't trust my hubby lol watching him on the sofa while i'm doing other things and i don't want him falling out and hurting himself Finley he did it yayyyy and he's being coming down on his own all day, he will turn look at me bring his little foot down and slide down it is soo cute. Verena you are luck with Sam sleeping that long lol. you need to get Maxime to do some jumping jacks so he'll get tired and get him to go to bed early lol. Noah will be 9 months in 6 days we should move to 8 months so it wont feel left out lol. Noah is also standing up walking back and forth from one side of the sofa to the other side while holding on to the sofa, my 1st walked at 10m 6d, my 2nd walked 9m 26d. oh gosh while i'm writing this Noah got in to the tissue box and took half of it out bad boy lol.

verena - Thursday, 12 Sep
It is funny actually, Sam wil be 9 months in 10 days and were still in the 7 months chat!!! I feel so lucky when I read your comments about sleep! Sam really sleeps from 8.30 pm till abou 7 in the morning.. The difficult one is maxime, not able to get him to sleep before 10pm and its full of action until then.. Yes, he started school 2 weeks ago, it's a change, but he has been at day care for 3 years already up to now, so he enjoys the company of other kiddies. Sam is standing up everywhere where he can pull himself up, still very unsteady, so full alert when he gets up, but its so much fun watching him.. Maxime started walking with 9 months and 4 days, I just hope Sam stays put a little longer, it goes so fast... Does anyone of you give your little ones solid food for dinner? Sam has solids at lunch and in the afternoon, but still only milk with cereal for dinner. Can't remember when I changed with maxime..

Jen11 - Tuesday, 10 Sep
3love - unfortunately Sara just gets so cranky if we try to keep her up :-( Yes, still just 2 teeth, though she is waking more at night again and more dirty nappies, so I think there may be more on the way.

3loveofmylife - Monday, 9 Sep
Verena awww thanks but i think i still have it easier than you and Jen its not easy working and taking care of kids i worked with my 1st and 2nd and i never had time to do anything, and i missed my boys all day. i think all moms should get an award every year for being supermoms lol. is max not in school? my 2nd is also 4.5 he will be 5 in march 1st i could have send him to school this year to pre k but i wanted him home with me lol so he'll be going to kindergarten next year oh and he's also always falling out of his bed so i put pillows all around him and i also put a little mattress next to his bed so if he falls he won't get hurt. Jen awww i fell for you can you get Sara to stay up till like 9 or 10pm so that way her bed time will be pushed over and she will stay a sleep longer. if she wants to sleep at 6:30 pm maybe you could wake her up at 7 and play with her or take her out to back yard or give her a bath, something that will wake her up and keep her up an hour or two so she won't wake up so early. i know Noah wants to sleep at 8 to 9 pm but i keep him busy till 10pm or he will wake up at 4 to 5 am too and that is just too early, so he sleeps from 10 to 2 wakes up eats sleeps to 4 wakes up eats sleeps to 6:45 or 7 am then up till 9 naps for 30min then up, and naps at 12 to 1:30 yay then he's up till 4pm naps till 5 then he's up till 7 naps till 7:30 then i keep him up till 10pm ugh i just realized this little boy doesn't sleep like baby it's more like a toddler babies are supposed to sleep all day or 75% of the day lol. well i hope Sara gets better does she still just have 2 teeth?.

Jen11 - Sunday, 8 Sep
3love - 6.45...Lucky you! Sara seems to think that 4am is the perfect time to begin our day! She was waking at 5am, which I could deal with, until her teething started, then it all changed. Now she sleeps from 6.30pm to 10pm, feeds, sleeps again until about 2am, hubby soothes her back to sleep, then up at 4am for a feed. Verena, I am so envious of max's sleep!

verena - Saturday, 7 Sep
Oh 3love, I admire you with 3 kiddies, I sometimes wonder how I will cope with 2 in the future.. Good on you!! It's past midnight here, max (4.5 years old) is still all excited about our visitors and not ups to going to bed.. Sam in bed since 9pm and I am already dreading waking up because Sam will.. But then I guess I can't co plain, SAMs sleeps his 11 hurs and I am getting uninterrupted sleep (apart from when he coughs, max falls out of bed or I think about work haha....) Hope you're all ok!

3loveofmylife - Saturday, 7 Sep
Verena lol i wish i did, but no that was a one time thing, it's 8:30 am here and me and Mr Noah have been up since 6:45, but i think its time for a nap because he is rubbing his eyes, and it's time for my other 2 to wake up it's Saturday so no school for my 6 year old, and no sleep for me till tonight. i hope Sam is feeling good as long as he is eating he should be fine. Jen i think Sara is trying to cheer you up by giving a fake cough she knows you'r sick, and she knows what she's doing is cute and it'll make you smile babies are smart. i hope you'r feeling better and getting some rest.

verena - Friday, 6 Sep
Jen, that's so cute, imitating your cough! Hope you are feeling better now? Sam also down with fever and a cold, nothing serious though. Still eating well and pulling himself up on whatever he can grab! 3love- are you getting any sleep?

Jen11 - Thursday, 5 Sep
Yes, i did get over the flu about 2 months ago, and I have it again, occupational hazard as a teacher I guess. I actually think Sara had it in a milder form before I even got it. She is doing very well though, and has been listening to me cough, so she now gives a little fake cough whenever I start coughing.

3loveofmylife - Tuesday, 3 Sep
Verena awwww Noah says thank you Sam and wishes you the same thing. that is funny because i also bought a pair of shoes and a dress. shopping always makes me happy lol. Jen oh no didn't you just get over the flu not long ago, i hope you fell better soon and i hope Sara doesn't get it. yay for Sara getting her teeth

Jen11 - Monday, 2 Sep
Hi 3love and Verena. Sounds like Sam and Noah are doing great. So glad you are getting more sleep now 3love. Verena - good luck with the baby-proofing. Well, I have been sick with flu for the last 4 days and Sara has been extra clingy! She cut her first tooth on Friday, and the second on Sunday...I wonder which one will be next. 3love - Sara got very fond of clapping hands because I always applaud when she does something new, lol!

verena - Sunday, 1 Sep
Yay 3love-sleep! Good on you, it's so much better when one can rest properly.. Shopping time is such a luxury -AND therapy as you say! I also bought 2 pairs of shoes yday, a first in 9 months! Sam tells Noah that he wishes him sweet and loooong dreams!!

3loveofmylife - Saturday, 31 Aug
Verena i feel like a new person today, Noah did wake up at 7am but went back to sleep at 7:45 so i went to bed too till 10 it was nice. my 6 year and 4 year old went with hubby to a game store today and they were there for 3 hours playing games, me and Noah went to a play date with my friend and her baby, and then we went shopping for 2 hours with my sister it was a much needed therapy lol. wow 7 teeth i bet he looks soo cute with all those teeth, all of Noah's teeth are on the bottom.

verena - Saturday, 31 Aug
Good luck 3love! Hope you get some sleep! Yes, I take loads of pics and videos, I know my nanny does too, but I haven't seen any of them.. You are right, I will ask her to .tKe pics on the big camera when anything special happens! I have to baby proof all my cupboards, Sam has learnt how to push the doors (which opens them).. And he wAnts to pull himself up everywhere, but he's still too far away from where he should be, and ends up bashing his head against whatever he is leaning at.. Feel so bad.. 3rd tooth on the bottom cut through today! That will make 7 in total sofar! How Are your little ones doing?

3loveofmylife - Friday, 30 Aug
Verena you should give your nanny a camera to capture those special moments so you can see them, i try to record every time Noah hits a new milestone so that way i can always go back and watch it even when he gets older lol, and Noah dose not clap yet maybe he will when he finds his favorite song lol. well its a 3 day weekend her Monday is labor day so my 6 year old will be home he's happy about not going to school on Monday, and i'm happy i can sleep in if Noah lets me lol.

verena - Friday, 30 Aug
Sam is also clapping now! Soooo cute... He also had fever with his 1st tooth, and drooling, which he still is. Crawling I around like mad, so dangerous as max has his toys lying around, stuff like marbles and I am petrified about Sam stuffing the little things into his mouth.. Great Sara on crawling, and great you could seeit too! I know what it's like, my nanny gets the best of Sam of course but he's always so happy to see me when I come back home, that's gratifying. Hope you're all ok!

3loveofmylife - Wednesday, 28 Aug
Jen yeah Sara for crawling sooo happy you got to see Sara crawling now she's going to get in to everything lol time to put everything up where she can't reach it, and yes teething can cause fever especially when they are getting close to cutting through Noah had a fever the last 2 weeks before his teeth came through and same with my other 2. but i hope she's not getting sick from other kids at her daycare so i hope she'l get those teeth and she'll be all better back to herself, lol like a monkey that is just like Noah he dose that to me too and as soon as i move he would wake up. Verena yep 3 teeth at once, before he got all those teeth at once he was only taking 2 naps during day time and they where only like 20-30min but for the last 2 days he has been taking 3 naps 1 hour each so happy i can now get some stuff done before he wakes up. Sam is a good sleeper good thing since you have to work. and Sara clapping that's just too cute i hope she gets better soon.

Jen11 - Wednesday, 28 Aug
I just watched Sara crawl for the first time! I am so glad she did it now while I was home instead of for her childminder while I'm at work! such a precious moment!

Jen11 - Monday, 26 Aug
Hi ladies. Thank heavens, Sara has been sleeping better again, only waking once before 5am! Until last night that is, at 2 am she woke up and just would not settle, she had excessive gas and a low grade fever. She ended up spending the night in my bed, clinging to me like a little monkey with both hands and toes. Now, I know she is teething, though the darned tooth refuses to cut...can teething cause fever? What is your experience? She is so cute, loves clapping hands while I sing to her...she will clap hands and look at me, waiting for me to start singing. Verena, you lucky thing, I wish Sara would sleep so well! 3love - wow, 3 teeth just like that!

verena - Monday, 26 Aug
Jen, I join 3 love - how do you cope with waking up so often..? Sam is in bed by 20.30 and goes through until 07.. He's always done that since 4 months old, I'm so lucky!!! Noah got 3 teeth at once? Poor thing, that must have been really painful..

3loveofmylife - Saturday, 24 Aug
happy birthday Verena sorry its late, but i hope you had fun with the boys. OMG all of sudden Noah has 3 teeth i guess 2 of them came through last night, no wonder he was crying all the times poor guy had 3 teeth coming at the same time. Jen soo happy for Sara, i can't believe Sara wakes up every hour and a half i hope you'r getting your rest it must be hard working and waking up every hour and a half i hope she gets better. Noah wakes up every 3 to 4 hours. Verena you'r right our babies are growing up too fast they need to slow down lol. Noah also eats whatever we eat meat, chicken, bread, fish, beans, fruits, veggies, pasta, rice, pretty much everything lol. not a lot though he'll only takes like 4 bites maybe he just gets full quickly. Noah was 8 months on the 18th but i stay till you and Jen move to the next month then i do too lol.

verena - Friday, 23 Aug
Last post in 8 months is from beginning July, I will stick around here then!!! Happy weekend to you all!

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