At 7 months, your baby is a busy, little creature. He is moving toys, rolling to his tummy and back, scooting from place to place (if he isn’t crawling already) and babbling away.
He is also more social now and loves to spend time with mommy and daddy. He may have already started checking out other kids with keen interest too; including himself in a mirror – and is that tot starting to bite? Ouch!
Here is what else is happening as your baby accomplishes the blissful 7 month old milestones.
What You Should Know
- Get a high chair for baby (if you haven’t already) so he can enjoy meals with other members of the family. It will also help him learn to feed himself from the tray.
- Baby is starting to move around more on his own now and can easily get himself into trouble as he rolls, scots, or crawls around the living area. Baby proof your furniture and living room before your little one learns a skill that could get him hurt.
- 7 month olds love to socialize. Let baby play with family and friends so he can hone his social skills.
- Have tummy time at least 3 times a day to help boost the baby’s muscle growth.
- Buy teething toys for baby; those first tiny tooth buds are about to emerge!
The Most Adorable 7 Month Old Milestones
Your 7 month old is growing fast, gaining about 1 ¼ pound in weight and about ¾ inches in height this month. Some babies may be crawling by now; others may just need a little more time. Some may be enjoying solids and others may still be getting their nutrition exclusively from breast milk and/or formula.
Don’t compare your baby to others or push him to hit the 7 month old milestones before he is ready. He will get there at his own time. Just delight in the present moment and let nature take its course.
Below is an insight into your 7 month old baby development stages:
Weight And Length
At 7 months old, your baby should be weighing about 18.2 pounds for boys and 16.7 pounds for girls. His average height should be around 27.1 inches for boys, and 26. 4 inches for girls.
But these statistics can vary based on various factors, so don’t worry if your little one weighs or measures less or more than these figures. The most important thing is ensuring that the baby is showing an upward growth curve at your pediatrician’s chart.
Hide a toy under bed covers with a part of it slightly visible and your little one will unravel it right away. In the seventh month, children already know that partially visible objects can be obtained as a whole if what’s hiding them is removed or moved.
Baby has also developed a new hobby – looking into the mirror. He can now interpret reflections and knows the ‘other baby’ is him.
At this age, your little one’s ability to see objects at a further distance has improved too; he can see you approaching from across the room and follow you with his cute little eyes as you get closer to him. He can also see in full color now.
There’s more. Baby has honed his object permanence skills. He knows that when something is hidden or is out of sight is not gone forever. Therefore, if you go to the kitchen, for instance, your little one will keep looking at the kitchen door because he now understands that you are not gone forever and that you will come back through the same door.
At 7 months, the baby can process sounds better because the part of the brain responsible for sound processing has developed significantly. He now knows the difference between a dog’s bark and a cat’s meow. He can even tell mommy’s voice from daddy’s.
Baby has also been listening to you while you speak and storing the tones and patterns of your voice in his little brain. You will hear him try to get these patterns out when he babbles. So adorable!
Your 7 month old is also beginning to understand the meaning of your language. You will see him respond when you say “no!” and turn his head whenever you call out his name.
Baby at 7 months loves to explore items with hands (and his mouth!) He will examine every new toy carefully with his hands and even move it from one hand to the other. He also loves to touch different surfaces, objects, and shapes just to know how they feel.
Baby is becoming an expert at babbling. This month’s “ma-ma” and “da-da” is a little bit clearer than last month’s. He is starting to understand other people’s emotions too. He will smile when he sees you laughing and cry if you appear panicked.
At 7 months old, the baby also knows he can use different tones to express different emotions. So if he is tired, he will cry in a different tone from when he is upset.
As baby hits 7 month old milestones, there will be an immense physical growth, which will give rise to new abilities. Here is what your baby will be doing at 7 months:
- Rolling both ways: By the seventh month, the baby has grown strong enough to roll over both from back to front and from front to back.
- Supporting his body weight on legs: If you placed your baby in standing position on a firm surface two months ago, his feet would curve. Now he can support his body weight comfortably on his feet without curving. Sure, he still can’t stand without support, but you can notice the significant growth in his legs and hips.
- Sitting without support: At the age of seven months, the baby doesn’t need to use his hands to support himself when sitting. His back muscles have gained enough strength to support his body without any help.
- Using raking grasp: Baby uses his thumb and all of his fingers to pick items from the ground. Your baby’s little hands have become flexible enough to grasp and hold onto objects.
- Getting around: At 7 months old, the baby is creeping, scooting, crawling, or combining all three to get around. To encourage this new mobility, place toys a few feet from the baby. Have his favorite placed the furthest?
7 Month Old Food
By the seventh month, babies should already be eating solids, so continue introducing new different types and textures of baby food to your little one. But don’t rush, as your baby may need some time to adjust.
Also, at this age, some babies may still be relying on breastfeeding or formula-feeding as their main source of food. However, the key to proper feeding is understanding your baby. Make sure you are following his lead when it comes to eating.
What Can A 7 Month Old Eat?
No rule governs what a 7 month old can and cannot eat. What you feed your baby is totally up to you. However, you should always aim at feeding your little one nutritious, unprocessed foods. Pureed or mashed fruits and vegetables would be a great place to start. Just make sure they are runny enough for the little one to chew.
Note that there are foods that are not recommended for the baby just yet. Things like whole nuts, hard vegetables, honey, and cow’s milk, could be a choking hazard and should not be given to the baby until he is old enough.
How Much Solid Food Should 7 Month Old Eat?
A 7 month old should eat about 3 meals of solid food every day. How much you feed your baby at each meal will depend on the baby. Some babies will eat as little as 2 tablespoons per serving while others will eat as much as 8 to 12 tablespoons per serving.
Know how much food your baby can manage and feed him that. And if he doesn’t seem to want to finish a serving, don’t force it.
What Finger Foods Can I Give My 7 Month Old?
The best finger foods to give a 7 month old would be soft baby crackers, cheese, grated veggies, and chunks of ripe banana and avocado. Baby is ready to try scrambled eggs, shredded fish or chicken, green beans, and rice cakes too. Just make sure these are cut in very small pieces and are soft enough for the baby to gnash with his gums. And as with all new foods you introduce to baby, be on the lookout for allergies in the following days.
So, if you were wondering, “What should I give my 7 month old baby?” now you know that baby at this age is officially ready for solids and you can push a bit with finger foods. However, breast milk and baby formula are still considered the best source of nutrition for 7 month olds. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that the baby continues to nurse until he is at least 12 months old.
How Much Water Should I Give My 7 Month Old?
A 7 month old should drink about 3 or 4 ounces of water per day (24 hours). However, this will depend on how much solids baby is feeding on, what kind, and how often he is feeding on them. The ultimate goal is to ensure that your little one is taking inadequate nutrients.
If you are supplementing solids with breast milk or formula, then 2 ounces of water per day will be enough for baby. Introduce water through a sippy cup and purchase a few sets of baby silverware for your little person to use at mealtimes.
7 Month Old Sleep
Parents with 7 month olds often ask, “What time should a 7 month old go to bed?”
A 7 month old should go to bed between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 pm. At this age, the baby will sleep about 15 to 16 hours per day; 9 to 10 hours at nighttime and the rest during the day.
Should A 7 Month Old Sleep Through The Night?
Yes, a 7 month old should sleep through the night, and some babies will sleep up to 10 hours straight. However, the baby may experience sleep interruptions in the first few days when he begins to teeth. Try nursing your baby and allowing him to use a pacifier more during teething episodes; it will help soothe him back to sleep.
How Long Can A 7 Month Old Go Without Eating At Night?
A 7 month old can go a solid 8 or 9 hours without eating at night. But this will solely depend on how well you fed him during the day and before bedtime. If your little one is getting at least 3 solid meals a day, then he shouldn’t wake up for nighttime feeding.
A Day In A 7 Month Old Life
In the seventh month, the baby is way more active than in the previous months. He is moving more, eating more solids, and exploring his newfound skills like scooting, crawling, or even pulling up on furniture. Allow your baby to explore the world around him and make sure he is getting the adequate sleep he needs for his growth.
But sometimes you may wonder, “Why is my 7 months old fussy?”
Well, fussiness in 7 month olds can result from several things, the most common being teething, which is one of the most significant 7 month old milestones. It may also be caused by food sensitivities, diaper rash, low milk supply, thrush, nipple confusion, etc. Some babies may be experiencing growth spurts at this age too, which is also a common cause of fussiness.
When Should You Be Concerned?
It is not guaranteed that your child will reach all the 7 month old baby development stages at exactly 7 months because babies are different and they grow differently. Some will hit the milestones much earlier while others may take a little longer.
Don’t panic if your baby doesn’t seem to have experienced all the changes we have discussed here by the end of the seventh month. Just continue feeding him properly, playing with him, and giving him his daily dose of TLC. But if he displays any of the following symptoms, be sure to seek your pediatrician’s advice.
- Doesn’t sleep enough
- Doesn’t feed properly
- Hasn’t gained any weight for the last 3 months
- Doesn’t show interest in the objects around him
- Can’t rollover
- Is not showing any response towards your affection
- Doesn’t seem to respond to sounds
- Doesn’t make sounds
- Hasn’t smiled, laughed, or made any happy noises yet
- Has trouble focusing on objects
- Has abnormally stiff limbs
- Doesn’t seem to like being around people
- Can’t sit without support
- Can’t bear his weight on legs
My Babies Planet Overview
At 7 months old, your baby moves more independently and loves to explore his surroundings with his newly developed skills. This could also be the time when his first tooth is arriving, so apart from watching him play and ensuring he is not getting himself into trouble, you should also help him cope with the teething pain.
This is one of the stages where your little one will need lots of care. Ensure you are keeping track of your 7 month old baby development and talking to a pediatrician whenever you feel something is wrong.