Your Baby at 7 months old


Your baby at 7 months old is able to put anything in his/her mouth, at this age.  He/she begins to use

finger and thumb in a pincer, claw-like movement. He/she is more accurate when using fingers to

feed himself. Is able to feed himself/herself crackers. Is ableto rake a raisin and pick it up with his

fist. There is a firm grasp observed at this age, that is less likely to drop a held object.

You would note that your baby at this age is able to explore toys in new and interesting ways, by

pulling different parts of

the toy, by rattling, shaking, and banging them. Uses the hands to explore his/her own and other

faces.Your baby will be rolling competently from tummy to back and back to tummy. More

consistently draws one knee towardshis/her tummy in a crawling movement. Your active cutie may

be crawling, or may be able to move along the floor withhis/her tummy raised. Would often brings

his/her feet to mouth and suck on his toes. Some babies start crawling as early

as 6 or 7 months if they have plenty of supervised tummy time, compared to babies that spends less

time on their bellies.He/she likely will be able to get from tummy to a sitting position and stand

holding on to someone or something. He/shewould take his own weight when supported under his

arms.Your baby’s ability to bring hands together, as the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

continue to develop would

surprise you to see his first clap, plays patty cake, wave bye-bye, plays peek-a-boo. Some would even

do things like catcha ball and hold a crayon.


Your little cutie now understands that he/she can make objects move. He /she is able to work to get a

toy out of reach.He would continue to look for objects that goes out of his vision. Though most

babies under a year are not competentproblem solvers, some child may surprise parents by being

able to figure out a way to get to a toy that’s stuck behind achair. Some babies may be creative in play

using toys in an unusual way, using non-toys creatively as playthings, enjoyingplaying pretend. Some

babies would laugh at daddy tripping over his toys, or mommy spilling his milk. This age starts your

baby’s love for repetition. Your baby would love you to hear about songs a thousand times, be in the

house or the car ride.

He/she would remember faces of familiar adults that she does not see frequently like grandma/

grandpa, baby sitter or yourfriendly neighbor.



At this age, your little cutie would seem to understand your different voice tones when you are

happy, angry, or surprised.Likes to hear songs and babble along with them. He/she would start to

have a clear understanding of a firm ‘no’

A stuffed toy of all shapes and sizes now become a stand-ins for people. These toys can play a big

part in peek-a-boo, actout stories, keep your baby company in all places.

Social and Emotional

Your baby enjoys the familiarity of routine such as bath time and bedtime. Since his attention span is

short, have two orthree playthings within reach, not too many toys at his disposal, as this will

overwhelm and frustrate him. Pots and pans,cuddly stuffed animals or an activity board will surely

be his entertainment. Provide a fresh selection when he seems tobe getting restless. Your baby will

let you know when she’s happy, in pain, or miserable. Gets annoyed if you stop himfrom doing

something.If he continues to complain, try distracting him, getting down to his level for a moment,

without picking him up. Pots and

pans is always a sure way of distraction. Its banging sounds that the baby creates tends to shift the

boredom quickly. Staywithin his view, chatting and singing with him, the gradually stay out of eye

shot but not earshot, and regularly poke yourhead around a corner, playing peek-a-boo, to show him

that when you disappear, you will return.

You can leave him on his playpen, a little longer each time. Postpone picking him up for as long as

you can, but don’t getinto a battle of wills – he’ll almost always win. If you wait until he’s screaming

to pick him up. he will conclude that that is

the way to get attention. He/she is aware of verbal praise and enthusiasm. Be generous to praise,

promoting the positive things.

Like most babies, this is the age that they are learning how to be manipulative. Even at his tender

age, your baby is shrewdenough to see that playing the abandoned and neglected victim is the best

way to guarantee that he will get his extra doseof love and attention when you arrive home. He/she

plays on your insecurities, instill the guilt, and gets what he wants.

The fact that most babies and toddlers, are most likely to act up with their parents than their care

takers, is a sign that theyare more comfortable and secure with their parents. They know that they

can let their emotions show without risking theloss of love. But this acting up is not always random.

It often has a purpose. Not only does it get and keep parentalattention, but also a way of testing

limits. Examples would be smearing carrots in his hair, or keeps dropping toys out of his

playpen, or repeatedly maneuvers his walker to the brink of the stairway.

A certain amount of manipulation is healthy, as it gives the baby a chance to exercise some control

over his environment. Its

when it gets out of hand that it is detrimental to emotional growth. Set limits on things you think is

important for his healthand safety and your sanity.

I want you to feel that you can reach out to me if ever you have questions or want to share ideas that you have related to the care of babies, growing premature babies, and the overall health issues pertaining tothe care of babies OR just drop me a comment to just say “Hello” or “what’s up”.

All The Best,

Maria Teresa

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