At 7 months, your baby will have an average weight of 16.53 pounds. As his weight increases, his muscles also gain more strength which makes him more active. Here are some of the milestones your baby can achieve at this age:
- Your baby can sit without support.
His leg muscles and stomach muscles have grown stronger at 7 months old. This allows him to sit up without support and balance himself. This is great for you, and your baby!
TIP: Sometimes it’s still a good idea to put a Boppy Pillow around his backside just to give him that extra padding in case he does fall.
- Your baby can stand while holding onto something for support.
Some babies may have this advanced skill at 7 months. He may even be capable of straightening his back and twisting his body. Allow him to do this a few times a day for short periods. This will help his leg muscles strenghten and will also give him a sense of balance – which will help him later on.
- He actively engages in games like hiding and peek a boo.
By this time, you can have a lot of fun playing with your baby as he becomes more active. Since he is able to understand the concept of object permanence, he will appreciate games in which people or objects appear and disappear. Your baby may also know that an object or person is still existing even if he doesn’t see them. Another thing that strikes him at this age may be separation anxiety.
- Your baby will start to understand your tone and inflections.
You may not be aware of it, but your baby will start to understand whether you are angry at him with the tone of your voice. For instance, he may cry when you scold him for doing something wrong.
- Your baby will love routine activities.
He will begin to discover fun in predictability that’s why your baby will love playing the same game or reading the same picture book.
TIP: Make sure you spend time reading with your baby. Studies have shown that the more you involve your baby in conversation and read to them, the higher IQ they may have.
- Your baby will be able to understand how objects relate to one another in 3-dimensional space.
At 7 months, they will be able to sort toys or group objects according to size. Try to introduce new baby toys once and a while. Your baby knows when something is new, or when they’ve played with a certain toy before.
- Your baby will start teething.
Their first teeth will start to appear between 4-7 months. Expect that he will drool and experiment with sound as he adjusts to his new teeth.
There is a specific teether that babies tend to really love – and that’s “Vulli Sophie the Giraffe”. This teether has over 1,100 ratings, and still maintains a 4.5/5.0 rating!
- Your baby will try to imitate you.
His emotions will be more obvious. He will try to jabber to imitate sounds, or copy your actions such as blowing a kiss or clapping his hands.
As always, there is something fun to look foward to! Your baby continues to grow so quickly, so make sure you take the time to praise, play with them, and take several pictures!