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7th Month Guide

7th Month GuideThe seventh month is often a very fun month for parents and babies; possibly even more so that the previous couple of months. Since last month, your baby may have developed many new abilities. Your baby can likely understand a lot of what you are saying at this point, and may have even been told “no” on occasion.

While this month is very fun and enjoyable, it is also very busy. If your baby is crawling, you are likely chasing him around the house on an hourly basis. Naptime probably doesn’t last as long or happen as often as it used to, and you may find yourself looking forward to it simply so that you can get a break for a minute.

Physical Development and Appearance

While your baby’s size may not have increased a whole lot over the last month, it is likely that her personality has. It is also possible that she looks more and more like a little kid every day, as opposed to just looking like a baby.

A baby’s weight can vary greatly, but the average baby at the age of seven months is around 17 or 18 pounds. The most important thing, though, is that your baby’s weight gain stays consistent. For example, if your baby was in the 80th percentile at three months of age, it isn’t necessarily a good thing that your baby is now in the 30th percentile. This is one of the key elements that doctors consider when determining whether your baby is properly gaining weight. Yes, to a point, a doctor does consider where your baby fits in on the growth chart of average babies her age, but there are many factors that should be considered when comparing your baby to others. This can include whether your baby was born prematurely, the size of the baby’s parents, and more.

There is no telling what your baby can do physically during the seventh month. It’s possible that he can crawl or scoot, or he may not have learned that yet. It is possible that he is pulling up on things such as tables and chairs, or he may not be. There are a variety of reasons why some babies can do stuff at this age and others can’t, and it is very important to not compare your baby to others.

Care for Baby

  • Head care—it is getting closer and closer to the time that you will not have to worry about your baby’s soft spot, but you aren’t quite there yet. While your baby may not have much of a soft spot left, it is still important to make sure that your baby isn’t hit on the head (this may seem like an impossible feat at times, but you should try to avoid these types of injuries as much as you can). No parent will be able to prevent their baby from getting hurt, but the less injuries your child experiences, the better.
  • Teething—your baby may have already had a tooth come in, or you may experience your first tooth this month, or you may have to wait another few months. If your baby has already cut some teeth, you still may have to worry about more. Even though there is an expected timeframe in which all teeth come in, your baby may not stick to that. Your baby may cut two teeth at a time, may be behind the average schedule or ahead of it.

    Wherever your baby is at in relation to the average age of growth, you will still need to be prepared.

    You will usually know that your baby is teething because he will begin to drool more than usual, he will chew on things even more than usual (even though you may not have thought this was possible), he will be very cranky, he will possibly be running a low-grade fever, and he might have diarrhea. If your baby displays all of the symptoms above, you should check his gums. If they are red, swollen, and he cries more than usual when you touch them, or if you can see or feel a tooth coming in, then you will know that he is teething. If, however, this isn’t the case, you need to call his doctor just to be sure that he doesn’t have some kind of illness.

    If you can tell that your baby is definitely cutting teeth, there are a few ways to you’re your little one with the pain: give him cold or frozen teethers, apply a topical numbing cream or lotion (or you can use teething tablets—some parents say these are better than traditional ointments). In the place of a teether, you can use a frozen waffle (take care to make sure that your baby doesn’t bite any of the pieces off and take it away before it gets soggy) or a frozen popsicle that is unwrapped (this, of course, only applies to those kind in the plastic wrappers).

    If your baby is going through the painful experience of teething, it can seem like the crying and sleeplessness will go on forever, but have hope. Usually, although every baby is different, the severe pain will only last two or three days. Then, once the tooth has broken the skin, while your baby may still be feeling some discomfort, he will likely feel a lot better than before.

    If your baby has already grown a tooth or two, there may be a new problem that you have not yet experienced: biting. Babies will bite their own tongue and lips, may hurt their gums with their new tooth or teeth, and may bite you. If you stick your finger in your baby’s mouth to feel around for the tooth, to clean your baby’s gums, or for any other reason, you might want to be prepared to be bitten. Since babies are very experienced in sucking, this means they may have extremely strong jaws, which can lead to quite a bit of surprising pain if your baby does bite you.

    Another problem with biting is one that only breastfeeding mothers have to deal with: your baby may begin to bite your nipples while drinking. If this happens to you, parents tend to report that the best way to deal with it is to lightly take the breast away. At this age, most babies have already learned what the word “no” means. Tell him “no” and take the breast away for a few minutes. It won’t take too many times before your baby will connect biting with the breast being taken away, and he will likely stop. If this doesn’t work, you can lightly thump your baby on the nose when he bites you. This isn’t painful for the baby (you should only do it hard enough to get his attention), but is just irritating enough that it makes the baby want to stop biting.
  • Bathing—bathing a seven month old usually isn’t much different than bathing a six month old—unless your baby has learned to crawl during that time. If yours has, there may be a big difference. As mentioned in the last month, babies who are mobile tend to want to stay that way. Any restraint at all can make them very mad. This may also include a bath ring. So, your baby that used to love baths may begin to dislike them due to the restraint. But, if you don’t leave him in a bath ring, he may fall over. Whatever you decide to do is your choice, but the important thing is that no matter what you choose, you always keep a close eye on your baby. Even though bath rings may seem like a safe place to leave babies, they have been known to come unstuck and tip over, not allowing the baby to rise up out of the water.

    Even though your baby is older, and his skin isn’t as sensitive as before, you should continue to use baby shampoos and soaps, towels and washrags, and you should always make sure that the temperature of the water is not too hot or cold. You can purchase a water temperature thermometer at almost any drugstore if need be. This is a little piece of plastic that you can stick in the water and it will let you know if the water is too hot or cold. Using these can prevent not only discomfort, but also pain and possibly even burns.
  • Diapers—depending on your baby’s size, you may have needed to bump up another size in diapers. It is also possible, though, that you haven’t had to do this recently. Not only does it depend on how much your baby weighs, as the package indicates, but there are other factors that come into play as well. This can include how tall your baby is, and your baby’s shape.

    You have likely found the best diaper for your baby by now, even if you had to switch once your baby began crawling. If your baby has not yet begun to crawl, you may decide to switch once he does. Diaper changes have possibly become even more infrequent than before over the last couple of months, simply because you are probably feeding your baby more solids and less formula or breast milk than before. This means that your baby’s regular routine may have changed quite a bit.

    Despite your best efforts, your baby may have developed a diaper rash by this point, as well. The most obvious method of treatment and prevention is to apply the proper medicines and ointments. Another way to prevent and heal any diaper rash that your baby may have developed is to let her air out right after every diaper change. After bath time is another great opportunity to let your baby’s bottom get some air.

    It is possible that your baby has already reached the age where she does not feel comfortable with a wet or dirty diaper on, and may pull at it when it needs to be changed. This is a wonderful thing when it happens, because, although you may find yourself changing diapers more often, your baby is less likely to end up with a diaper rash.
  • Gum care and tooth care—not all babies will have a tooth during the seventh month, but if your baby does, you need to care for it just as well as, or possibly even better than, you do your baby’s gums. You should try to clean your baby’s gums and teeth after every meal (for a baby, this includes the breast or bottle as much as it does real food). If you can’t do this, you should at least do it a few times a day, especially before bed.

    You should not allow your baby to go to bed with a bottle, especially with juice, because this can cause tooth decay later.

    When cleaning your baby’s gums, you can use just a simple wet washcloth, or a gum cleaning kit from the baby isle of your local drugstore. If you are cleaning your baby’s teeth (or possibly tooth) you should use a toothbrush and toothpaste that are both intended for babies. This can make tooth brushing painless and fun, while not posing any harm to your baby (toothpaste that is intended for adults is not safe for babies to eat).
  • Sleep—once you have hit the seventh month mark, your baby probably sleeps at least almost all night. If your baby doesn’t quite sleep the entire night, you can help this along by following the suggestions in month six.

    Your baby will likely only take two naps a day at this point, or three smaller ones. To get your baby to sleep through the night, you can try to change your baby’s daytime nap schedule to only two naps in addition to the techniques listed in the sixth month sleep guide.
  • Eating—the seventh month usually isn’t much different than the sixth month when it comes to eating. Unless your baby has a significantly higher number of teeth this month than the last, he will need to continue eating the same types of foods as before. He may, however, begin to eat a little more baby food at each meal and want the bottle a little less. Another difference that may occur during the seventh month in relation to eating is, if your baby can sit up on his own now—and especially if he can crawl—there are a variety of baby food snacks that he may be able to eat now that he couldn’t before.
    Even though you have probably introduced a variety of different types of foods to your baby already, it is still important to watch for food allergies. Since you never know until it happens, you will want to continue this method with every single new food you ever give your little one.

Experiences

  • Toys for this age—this may not have changed a whole lot since the previous month, unless your baby has learned a new ability during the past month. This includes crawling, sitting up or pulling up, and can lead to the types of toys that were listed in last month’s guide. This includes jumpers, walkers, and other types of toys that involve your baby sitting up.

    Your baby may like any type of toy that lights up and makes noise, but it is almost certain that your baby’s favorite toys will be those things that aren’t really toys. The top two things that babies tend to love that weren’t meant to really be played with are remote controls and car keys.
  • New abilities—your baby may have been crawling for over a month now, and be very good at it, or she may have just begun to crawl, or she may not have crawled yet. Even if your baby is not crawling yet, you shouldn’t worry about her unless there are many reasons to think she is behind other babies her age developmentally.

    Otherwise, your baby may just be one of those who crawls late. Some babies never even crawl, and instead go straight from scooting or rolling to walking. Whatever new abilities your baby has developed this month, just remember that your baby is doing everything at her own pace and it has no bearing on how she will develop later. Some babies crawl as early as four months old, and don’t walk until they are well over a year old. Other babies don’t crawl until they are nine months or older, and could begin crawling a month later.

    It is very likely that your baby says at least a couple of words at this point. These words are almost always “dada” and “mama.” Other words that your baby may know now, or will probably learn soon, are such words as “bye-bye” and “ball.”
  • Parents—the seventh month is a time where many parents find themselves wondering what happened to that little newborn baby they just held in their arms not so long ago. There is really no way to battle these feelings except to cherish every moment, and record every moment as best you can. This can obviously do nothing to help time stand still, which is what most parents would really prefer, but they can help to make the time better spent while it lasts.
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