It’s been 7 months since your bundle of joy entered this world. What a delight it has been watching them grow month after month. Every parent begins each month with lots of expectations of what milestones their baby will achieve, and how they are going to change.
This month is no different. In fact, at 7 months, your baby will finally start to show some signs of their budding independence. This is only going to get stronger and stronger in the weeks and months ahead. Here are a few things you should expect to see.
The days you would leave your baby on the floor and expect to find them in the same exact position a few minutes later are now long gone. They are determined to move, and they may be crawling from corner to corner.
Some kids who mature early may even be trying to stand and support themselves with the furniture. Twisting and rolling are way up on the daily agenda. You should not be surprised to find your baby very determined in these new skills.
At this age, they will start testing your authority by refusing to follow instructions and directions. You will find yourself repeatedly telling them no! The best thing to do here is not to get frustrated.
What you should do after a no, is to try and distract them with another activity so that your baby can forget what they was doing initially.
How Does Your Baby Look At 7 Months?
At 7 months, your baby has come into his or her own looks. You will be able to identify some unique features in their facial structure.
Also, in the last few months, your baby has probably grown around 2 inches in height and should be measuring between 26.5 – 27.2 inches while their weight should range between 16.8 – 18.3 pounds. Their head’s circumference should also have grown by almost an inch.
However, do not get too caught up about their weight and height. This varies in babies. Healthy babies actually follow a specific growth curve.
They stay in the same percentile range as they grow. As long as your baby is sticking to this curve, then it is an indication of healthy growth. It does not matter whether they are on the same level as other babies.
All of their senses have improved greatly at 7 months. You will notice that they can hear more clearly, see much further, and, of course, are developing taste preferences.
Your baby can now see everything in full color. You no longer have to stick to the primary colors because their vision is almost that of an adult. It may not be on 20/20 yet, but it is only a matter of time.
They are now focusing much better at a distance and are able to see very well across the room. This is evidenced when you see them smile and try to get up while you are across the room. Depth and perception should now be very well mastered.
At 7 months, your baby is completely a different child. They can now respond to conversations by making sounds, respond to their own name, show recognition to basic words such as hi, ball, dog, etc., and recognize certain songs by getting excited.
If you read to them often, they should be able to respond to the tone of your voice. If you make funny sounds, they should laugh, and if you sound scary, they should look scared. This is what tells you that their hearing is working just fine.
Taste And Smell
This is a great month for taste. In the sixth month, you simply introduced very light solids, most probably store-bought cereals or baby food. However, now is the time to truly experiment with what he or she likes or doesn’t like.
Most babies will be able to show you if they like something or not. They may scrunch up their noses, spit it out, or simply close their mouths.
If this happens, change their diet and try out something else. There are many options that you can try. Do not try to force them to love one type of food as you may put your baby off solids.
Previously, your child may have been using their hand to grasp and hold on to things such as toys, your hair, your phone, the remote, etc. At 7 months, you will notice a change in their sense of touch.
They will now start to grasp things using their first finger and their thumb. This is what is known as “the pincer grip.” It is the start of a whole new phase in your baby’s fine motor control skills. It will give them much better accuracy in holding things and passing them from hand to hand.
Some babies at 7 months will also start mastering the art of clapping.
7 months is a very big milestone for your baby, and it should be celebrated. The main thing to know in this month is that your baby is very mobile and will require extra care.
Feed your baby small portions of solids to prevent the risk of choking. Otherwise, just enjoy watching your baby grow.