One day our carpenter, a really nice man, came over to help us. All of a sudden my 7 months old daughter started to scream at the top of her voice.
I thought that there was a needle left is her new clothes. I took them all off but found nothing sharp. OK, so she’s hungry I thought and breastfed her. Then I went back to talk to the carpenter again, with my daughter on my arm.
Then I got it. Stranger anxiety had hit her and hit her hard. Completely normal for a 7-month-old!
Babies of this age can be very sensitive to strangers and to be separated from mom. But they are also curious and love playing games that will actually help them overcome their anxiety, such as peek-a-boo.
Cuddle your little one and remember that the more you respond to his or her needs to be close to you, the faster your baby will become secure enough to let go of you.
The 7-Month-Old Baby
7 Months Baby Milestones
Here are the development milestones to look for when your baby is 7 months old:
Testing limits – Can a small 7-month-old baby really test limits already? Yes, they can! Chances are that your baby will not tolerate at all the plans you have – like spending time on the floor on his own for example. At this age, your baby knows what he wants and shows it!
On the move – Now your baby might start moving around. A big leap in your baby’s development! Some crawl, some shuffle on their tummy or backside. And some are totally content with being still. When your baby starts moving around you’ll have to make your home baby safe.
Happier! – Many babies become happier once they have learned how to move around. During a period prior to mastering this great new skill, babies tend to be irritated and bored.
Standing up – A 7-month-old baby is usually strong enough to be able to bear his own weight on his legs if you hold him upright.
A new grip – A new grip is developing. The 7-month old baby is learning to use his thumb and fingers instead of the whole hand.
Afraid of strangers – Stranger anxiety might start or increase. Mom and dad and a few other familiar people are best.
Afraid to be alone – 7-month-old babies may show signs of separation anxiety. Maybe your baby will start crying as soon as you’re out of sight. This is a completely normal development phase although it can be tough on the parents. Often one parent (usually mom) is preferred, which can be tough for mom and sad for dad. Don’t take it personally!
(Here is a long forum thread about babies preferring one parent over the other.)
Wakes up – Connected to separation anxiety may come a phase of poor sleep. (NO, not again…) Yes, unfortunately, your baby might want to check that you are around also at night and calls for your attention quite often. This is also normal but exhausting.
Since your baby is sensitive right now, don’t use any “cry it out” methods! Continue with good sleep routines, lots of hugs and kisses and try to make the social calls at night as brief as possible.
Games To Play
A very fun game according to the 7-month-old is to throw all toys away from the chair or the stroller and have you pick them up – again and again, and again…
Hiding and finding things is another great game at this age. Hide a toy under a napkin and ask your baby where it is. Pull off the napkin and say: There it is! Or wait for your baby to pull the napkin off.
Peek-a-boo is also great fun and can be repeated forever.
Tearing papers apart is a fun game at this age. Just make sure your baby doesn’t eat the pieces.
Your 7-month-old is now beginning to get old enough to understand and remember words. Try practicing with “Where is the lamp” – “There it is” for a while and your baby might start looking at it when you ask.
This is also an excellent time to start with baby sign language, either to help your baby communicate earlier or simply as a fun baby activity together. You can read more about how to get started with baby sign language (and why) here.
A high chair is of course not a toy, but it is a great place to sit and play with toys. If you haven’t already bought one, get one now. For high chairs, I LOVE the design of this one, from Baby Bjorn. (And it is BPA free too)
Picture books with pictures of things that your baby can relate to, like toys or house pets are good toys right now. Show the picture to your baby and tell him what it is. I personally love the “touch and feel” picture books for babies, such as this one.
If you haven’t needed it before, a baby walker is now likely to be fun for your baby and a relief for you.
Walkers do come with two serious warnings:
- They will not help your baby learn how to walk faster.
- They can also be dangerous if your baby is left unattended in the walker. They can reach much higher and they can run into things.
But as a toy near to someone who is watching over them – great for small impatient walking babies! Lots of baby walkers are of poor quality. A good one, though quite expensive, is this one.
If your baby can sit up without support, a ball is fun. Help your baby roll it back and forth between you and him.
The 7-Month-Old Baby on Video
In this video, you can see a typical 7-month-old baby and the milestones he has hit.
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