At seven months, your baby is becoming independent and developing his own unique personality. From picking up a favorite toy to scooting or crawling from place to place, your 7-month-old is learning how to control his environment and finding out that being in control can be fun. During this next month, you should find plenty of opportunities to continue encouraging your baby’s mobility, creativity, and curiosity -- in safe ways, of course.
In this portion of WebMD’s month-by-month guide, discover what milestones you can expect your child to achieve in the seventh month.
Baby Month by Month
Your baby's first year will be full of joys and challenges. WebMD pediatrician
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Seven-month-olds are learning to get around, although they don’t all do it in the same way. Your baby may creep, scoot, roll, crawl, or combine all four movements. You can encourage this new mobility by placing toys just out of your baby’s reach. Make sure baby is safe while exploring by putting away any toys or other objects that contain small or sharp pieces.
Because baby can now sit unassisted and reach for and pick up toys, playtime involves a lot more independence than in months past. The ability to hold and drink from a cup, and possibly eat from a spoon, means that he is also more independent at mealtimes.
Your 7-month-old should be strong enough now to hold himself up on his legs while supported. Practicing this skill will strengthen leg muscles and help him get ready for walking.
Seventh Month Baby Milestones: Teething
Between your baby’s fifth and seventh month, you should see those first tiny tooth buds emerge from the gums. You’ll know your baby is teething because he’ll drool more and will probably be fussier than usual. To soothe gum discomfort, give your baby a cold washcloth or teething toy to chew on. The FDA advises against using topical pain relievers rubbed on the gums because of the potential for dangerous side effects.
Once the first few teeth have popped up, brush them daily with a soft baby toothbrush and water and grain size smudge of toothpaste.
You’ll probably see the two bottom middle teeth pop up first, followed by the two top middle teeth. The bottom and top two side teeth should fill in over the next 3 or 4 months. Don’t be alarmed if your baby is 7 months old and doesn’t have any teeth yet. Teething patterns vary widely from child to child. A few babies are born with teeth, while other babies don’t start teething until they are over a year old.
Seventh Month Baby Milestones: Eating
Your 7-month-old should have already started to eat solid foods. Now you can probably introduce chunkier foods -- mashed fruits and vegetables instead of pureed. Adding these thicker foods will help your baby adjust to new textures and learn how to chew. Anytime you introduce a new food, wait a few days before trying anything else and watch for signs of an allergy such as diarrhea, vomiting, rash, or wheezing.