Feeding and sleeping at 7 months old
Your baby will be eating a range of solid food by now and they are exploring tastes and textures, flavors, and even different colors. Unless your baby has a proven food allergy or there is a diagnosed food allergy in your family, try not to be too hesitant in introducing new foods. Babies benefit from having a range of foods in their diet. Offer the same food a few times before deciding they don’t like it. Your little one will often accept a taste or texture after a few tries, so be patient and persistent.
Aim to model healthy eating behaviors and avoid seeing your baby’s food intake as under your direct control. Your job is to provide, prepare, and serve their food; whether they eat it and how much they eat is entirely dependent on your baby.
Behavior at 7 months old
Try not to see your baby’s behavior as being deliberately challenging. Babies are incapable of forming intentional thoughts designed to make their parent’s lives hard. Your baby is still learning and there will be times when they don’t even know what they want themselves.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you are struggling. The old saying that it takes a village to raise a child has some real truth to it! Parenting is hard work and parents are not meant to raise their children in isolation. We all need some help at some point or another.
Developmental milestones at 7 months old
This month your baby is well on the way to learning how to sit without much support. You’ll need to watch them closely still; they’re learning what’s involved in balancing and maintaining a steady position. If your baby still isn’t showing too much interest, don’t be concerned. Many babies don’t become proficient at sitting until after they have learned to crawl.
Seven months is an important age for babies because they have become very familiar with their primary caregivers. They are developing social and emotional skills and are learning who they can trust and who can best meet their needs. If you find your baby just wants to be held and cuddled by you, isn’t too interested in getting to know new people, and cries when you aren’t in sight, try not to become frustrated. Instead, be reassured that you have done a good job in supporting your baby’s sense of security. They love you and want you to be nearby.
Your baby will be responding readily to a friendly voice now, turning their head in the direction of sound and be able to talk and chat to themselves. Play peek-a-boo with your baby this month and make sure to read to them and show them books every day.
Growth at 7 months old
You may need to dress your baby in the next clothing size as you find their legs are getting longer. Girls are often longer in the legs than boys at this age, but individual factors play a strong influence that there is no one way for babies to appear.
Keeping well at 7 months old
Play and interaction at 7 months old
Look for toys that make a noise and are interactive. At 7 months, the concept of cause and effect is developing and your baby will enjoy learning how they can influence change and movement in their toys.
When you are playing with your baby, watch them as they look for something they may have dropped. They are learning about an important concept this month known as object permanence. Try hiding their favorite toy under a blanket and watching them as they seek it out.
Your baby will love to play with water at around 7 months. If it is summer, having water play each day is a great way to spend some time together. A wading pool can be great fun, especially when there are some brightly-colored toys suitable for pouring. Just remember your water safety: always stay with your baby whenever they are around water and never leave them unsupervised, not even for a moment.
What about mom?
If you have put your own needs on hold since the baby’s birth, a couple of hours of “me” time can be incredibly restorative to your wellbeing. However you choose to spend this time, make it about you. Go for a walk or go shopping, see a movie, go out for lunch with a friend, get a haircut or get your nails done, or make time to pamper yourself at home. Find a trusted person to watch your baby for a time and enjoy the feeling of doing something for you, even if only for a few hours.
If your moods have been unstable, more sleep will most likely help. If you still aren’t enjoying motherhood as much as you feel you should, see your healthcare provider. Hormonal fluctuations in the first few months account for a lot, but at 7 months it is generally expected that you would feel more stable with everyday emotions.
Your sleep needs
You may look back and wonder how you coped with so little sleep. If you are still tired in the afternoons, put your feet up and give yourself a break. Make sure you are eating well and not snacking on junk food. Your energy level is directly influenced by your dietary intake and if you aren’t eating quality food, you will not be able to get through the day without struggling. Occasional treats are fine but make a point of investing as much time and energy into feeding yourself as you do your baby.
Try not to keep your baby all to yourself. Share them with your family and trusted friends! Babies can often unite families. Although you may not always agree with the recommendations of your older relatives, try to accept them with good grace. If your parents or your parents-in-law are watching your baby, try to look at the big picture in terms of what you are all gaining. Babies benefit from being exposed to diversity and often have something to teach us in terms of being flexible.
The information of this article has been reviewed by nursing experts of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). The content should not substitute medical advice from your personal healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations/diagnosis or treatment. For more advice from AWHONN nurses, visit Healthy Mom&Baby at health4mom.org.