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Baby development: Your 7 month old

Your baby is still rapidly learning, especially now that she's becoming aware there is a world around her to explore and may be on the move. You may need to stock up on bibs and muslin cloths ready for feeding solids and erupting baby teeth.

Is it too soon to childproof my home?

The short answer is no. Your baby may now be able to sit up without being supported, and most babies will be on the move, whether by crawling (on hands and knees or pulling themselves alone with their arms), bottom shuffling or rolling. Your baby's hand co-ordination will be improving too, which means she can get into things that were not a problem before. Combine these with an increasing awareness and interest in exploring the world around her, it's likely she'll get into mischief – and accidents happen quickly, in just that minute you look away. If you haven't already baby-proofed your home, do so now that your baby is or will soon be on the move.

  • Keep low furniture away from windows, and fit safety catches on windows so they cannot be opened more than 6.5cm.
  • Keep curtain or blind cords out of reach to prevent strangulation.
  • Make sure there are stair gates at the top and bottom of any stairs.
  • If you have balcony railings or banisters, cover them with boards or fine netting if the gaps are more than 6.5cm wide.
  • Put safety catches on low-level cupboards, except for one with pots and pans – let your baby bang on these to keep her entertained.
  • Fit corner protectors on sharp furniture corners such as coffee and dining tables, and put protective devices on doors so fingers don't get trapped in closed doors.
  • Keep cleaning products, medicines and cigarettes and e-cigarettes out of reach – don't forget those in handbags.
  • Babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water – never leave your baby alone if there is water in a bath or paddling pool, and if you have a pond, cover it or fence it off.
  • Ensure you know the identity of all the plants in your garden and cordon off or remove any that are poisonous.

Once your home is baby-proof, encourage your baby to be on the move. Give her tummy time so she can develop her crawling skills. Don't forget that some babies won't crawl for another month or so, or not at all.

To help build leg muscles, try this fun activity: support your baby under her arms and let her take some weight on her feet, then bounce her up and down – she should join in.

Can my baby remember things?

At birth, a baby's brain can control her bodily functions, such as breathing, sleeping and digesting food, but the parts of the brain that help your baby to understand the world around her still need to develop. This is known as cognitive development, and it involves the skills of thought, memory and language as well as perception and physical coordination.

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