Your baby is now seven months old and entering the eighth month.
In this series of articles, we are focusing on physical, mental and behavioural characteristics that are typically exhibited at each stage. However, remember that every child is unique and that is what we love about them. Some will exhibit certain behaviours early and some later. Just learn to enjoy parenthood and your children and go on the journey with them.
Also, when you read this series of articles, don't leave after reading one entry. Look at the entries for earlier and later periods also. This series of articles is written as a continuum and not as distinct entries for each period. For example, if your baby is six months old, read all entries from four to eight months.
Do bring it to your doctor's attention if there is an abnormal delay in reaching a developmental milestone. Regular visits to the paediatrician are required to ensure that your baby is progressing normally.
From the mouths of babes
- I can do all kinds of things I could not do weeks ago
- When I successfully do things, I am happy. I smile, laugh, even clap. But when I can't do something, I may cry.
- If you are giving me foods other than breastmilk, I may try to feed myself
- I love peek-a-boo
- If I am sitting on a high chair, I may drop a toy and have you pick it up. Its a new game. Play it with me.
- I will start moving a lot on my tummy. Keep the floor safe for me.
- Sometimes I lie on my back and bring my feet into my mouth
- When you hold your baby up in a standing position, she may bounce up and down.
- Your baby will be sitting a lot more putting his hands on the floor for support. But his body maybe increasing in strength, allowing him to occasionally sit up without using his hands for support.
- Your baby will be more mobile and will start to move around by rolling over or pushing herself along on her tummy, little by little
- Your baby may pass toys from one hand to the other
- Breast milk should remain the primary source of nutrition for the first year as long as you can produce it. Foods like strained or mashed fruits and vegetables, mashed dal and rice, baby cereal maybe good choices to complement breast milk. Its possible that your child is more interested in playing with the new foods, rather than eating them. Don't worry about it.
- Stick to a routine every night - like a bath or a set of rhymes - and then put your baby to sleep. This will help your baby understand when he needs to go to sleep
- Your baby learns by repetition. Be prepared to repeat the same activity many times.
- Give your baby a wide and varied set of experiences. This should also include outdoor time for the baby to enjoy natural surroundings.
- Your baby may start to become scared of new faces. You may start to worry why this happening, but this is a natural change. He may want his mother or father or close caregiver to stay with him a lot. Indulge the child. As he grows he will learn to interact with newer faces as long as the reassuring presence of his parents is around him.
- Toys that let your baby bang, poke, twist, squeeze, open/shut and push/pull
- Push toys like cars and animals-on-wheels
- Large blocks - cloth or wood
- Bounce back toys
- Teething rings
- Plastic cups that can be stacked inside each other, stacking rings
- Soft baby dolls, small plush animal toys
- Toys where an object(s) has to be put into a container and can then be taken out.
- Simple one-piece push cars
- Cloth books, board books
- Large, soft balls
Healthy Start, Grow Smart, Your Seven Month Old, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 2002
Indian Academy of Pediatrics, IAP Policy on Infant Feeding
Toy Safety Publications of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission