The First Year: 7 Month Milestones (page 2)

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Updated on May 25, 2012

Jump Around. A 7-month-old should have the body strength to put some of her weight on her legs. When you lift her up to stand on her legs, she'll probably start bouncing around.

  • Invest in a jumper. Some come on stationary frames, while others clip safely onto doorways. They have springs and harnesses so your baby can bounce until her heart's delight. She'll love the freedom and you'll get a few seconds with your hands free to pop in a load of laundry. Thoroughly research what's on the market, and pick the jumper you think fits best with your baby.
  • Talk with your pediatrician if your little one refuses to put weight on her legs. She should be comfortable with supporting some of her weight herself. If she tucks her legs out or shows discomfort, it could be the sign of a delay or muscular issue.

Time to Teethe. While the actual appearance fo those pearly whites varies from baby to baby, most kids get their first tooth in between four and seven months. When she's teething, your happy tot might get fussy, so it's important to help relieve teething-related pain.

  • Use a mesh feeder to allow your little one to feed herself and get relief from teething pain. A mesh feeder is a small tool with a mesh pocket and a plastic ring base. Pop frozen strawberries, peaches, or even a couple of ice cubes into the pocket, and your little one can suck away. She'll love tasting the flavor, and the cold helps to relieve her pain.
  • Allow your babe opportunities to chew and gnaw. The edge of a wash cloth, dipped in apple juice and frozen is ideal, but board books, teething toys, blankies, and even your fingers can definitely help to soothe away pain.

Sleeps Longer Stretches. By 7 months of age, you should have nailed down your baby's sleep schedule. If you're still struggling, you can try some gentle sleep training to help regulate a more predictable routine.

  • Cut back on nighttime feedings. Family therapist and parenting expert, Dr. Fran Walfish, explains how to wean your baby off of night feedings. "Step one is to no longer feed milk in the middle of the night. When your baby awakes crying in the middle of the night offer water, but no food." She then points out that nurturing a nighttime feeding habit can create an habitual eater who isn't necessarily hungry, but craves the comfort of the breast or bottle.
  • Offer comfort and a sippy cup of water when your baby wakes in the middle of the night, but don't take her out of her crib. Unless there's something distressing her (like a dirty diaper) she's crying because she wants attention or she's dealing with separation anxiety. She needs to know you're there, but also that she'll be staying in her crib at night.

The seventh month brings about tons of changes for your little one, but don't worry; they're all positive. As your baby develops her strengths, you develop your skills as a parent, trading in uninterrupted nights of sleep and spontaneous plans for a gummy grin and nighttime snuggles. Worth it? Oh yeah.

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