Let us take an insight into what milestones your seven-month-old achieves.
|How much should a 7-month-old weigh||14.77 to 22.48 pounds ||13.44 to 21.16 pounds |
|What should the height of a 7-month-old be||25.62 to 28.81 inches ||24.76 to 28.18 inches |
|How much should their head size be||16.41 to 18.22 inches ||15.90 to 17.83 inches |
|What is the respiratory rate of a 7-month old ||25 to 40 breaths per minute||25 to 40 breaths per minute|
|What is the heart rate of a 7-month-old ||80 to 120 beats per minute||80 to 120 beats per minute|
Having flexible motor skills, your baby will be able to roll over, creep and scoot around with ease . A few of them may also begin crawling . His tendency to bounce when made to stand in an upright posture strengthens his leg muscles, preparing him for walking. The little one might even be able to come to a sitting position during tummy time by exerting pressure on his arms . Some seven-month-olds sit unsupported and display the ability to hold a cup having two handles [4, 6].
The Moro and tonic neck reflexes should no longer be visible. Between 7 and 9 months, the pincer grasp reflex of the thumb and finger begins developing, helping the baby to improve his grasping skills .
The seven-month-old shows advancement in his communication skills, beginning to comprehend your feelings through your tone and facial expressions, thus pausing for a while on hearing a “no” from you . Your kid continues communicating through a variation of sounds, laughter, giggles and squeals . His babbling skills get even better, with his “ba-ba”,”ma-ma”, and “da-da” sounding more meaningful [4, 8]. He will also be adept at expressing his emotions through nonverbal modes of communication like frowning and smiling .
As babies can fully understand the permanence of an object or person even when out of sight (object permanence), most of them go through separation anxiety [4,8]. They get clingier whenever you desire to leave for work or elsewhere, wanting to be with you always. Thus, the company of any unfamiliar face will increase their agony, making the milestone of stranger anxiety more prominent at this month . Their skill of imitation gets better while the curiosity of exploring different things increases . They might even react to their name being called .
His hand-eye coordination improves a step further helping him to follow a particular toy that is being moved in front of him .
Your baby will be able to hear a lot of things of varying pitch and intensity like the shrill sound of a phone or a soft noise .
As weaning started in the sixth month, your infant has already got a taste of solid food. You can now add variety to his diet by giving him mashed fruits and vegetables rather than just the pureed ones . Properly cooked eggs (scrambled, poached or boiled)  and pureed meat can be included . Yogurt made of pasteurized, whole milk is another food option that may be given directly or mixed with fruits .
Since most babies cut their first tooth at this age, parents might want to introduce the method of baby-led weaning, where the child picks up bits of food lying in front of him on a platter, putting it into his mouth . Therefore, starting soft finger foods like ripe bananas, melon, tenderly cooked carrots and breakfast cereals would be a good idea [15,16]. Watch out for food allergy symptoms like vomiting, rash, diarrhea or wheezing after introducing a new food .
As the baby is now more on solids, there will be a decrease in his milk intake. Formula fed babies may drink about 600 ml of milk every day whereas nursing infants will feed for a lesser span of time .
Most seven-month olds sleep at a stretch at night for about nine to eleven hours with two naps during the day. However, some show inconsistency, not sleeping throughout the night . At times, you might also see your baby waking up and attempting to sit or try out any of his newfound skills .
Try to limit your baby’s daily naps to three hours and fix a proper sleep schedule to bring uniformity in his sleeping pattern .
Though there are no vaccinations scheduled for this month, you may contact your health care provider if your baby has missed the previous month’s shots.
Published on July 31st 2015 by Pregmed Editorial Team.
Article was last reviewed on 12th September 2015.