Your baby: Month 7


What's the baby up to?

Stand up and be counted

  • Pulling up to stand is one of the most notable milestones your baby will reach.
  • Standing shows that your baby has the stability and strength in his legs and core to support his body.
  • Your baby will try and stand up against everything he can even if it is only for 2 seconds.
  • Your baby will start to stand up against furniture from around 7 to 10 months. 
  • Make sure that your baby is not left alone when he ventures out to explore. 
  • Be close by to give your baby support when he falls back or when he pulls something 
    down from a coffee table.
  • Remove small items he can choke on from places he can reach.
  • Don't leave water in the bath or leave a bucket filled with water standing around - your baby
    can drown in as little as a few millimeters of water. Also keep the toilet seat down.
  • Remember to make your baby's cot safe to stand up in before he can stand as he might catch you by surprise.
  • Place your baby's favourite toys on a low table in front of her. It should be a very stable table.
  • Encourage her to play with the toys while in a standing position. 

Month 7 Milestones

By the end of month 7 most babies have reached the following milestones:

  • Rolling over both ways (stomach to back, back to stomach)
  • Sitting up with, and then without, support of his hands
  • Reaching for object with one hand using the raking grasp
  • Transfer objects from hand to hand
  • Support whole weight when on legs and held upright
  • Exploring objects with hands and mouth
  • Exploring objects by banging and shaking
  • Laughing
  • Babbling in vowel sounds and consonents like ba-ba-ba-ba-ba
  • Distinguish emotions by tone of voice
  • Find partially hidden objects

Other stuff to think about 

Should I use a walking ring?

Walking rings should preferably not be used. Not only are they potentially dangerous,
but some experts say they delay your baby's ability to balance and to learn to fall - both
are necessary for walking.

If you insist on using a walking ring, take the following safety measures into account: 

  • Choose a wide wheel base for stability
  • The seat must be strong and non-detachable
  • A walking ring that folds must have a locking system to prevent it from accidentally folding or collapsing
  • The wheels should not lock sideways
  • Child's weight must not exceed the manufacturers' recommended maximum
  • Never carry the walking ring with your child in it
  • A child who cannot sit up without assistance must not use a walking ring
  • Use on a flat surface free from electrical cords or loose rugs and keep the baby away from.
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