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Baby development: Your seven month old

A baby's unique personality and signs of independence are more apparent at around seven months.

At around seven months, a baby can respond to a parent's voice.

From six to eight months they become strong enough to sit up on their own without being supported.

Milk teeth start poking through the gummy smile from six to nine months. Babies also start to crawl from this age and pull themselves upright while holding on to furniture and things around them.

In this part of BootsWebMD’s month-by-month guide, discover what baby milestones you can expect your child to achieve in the seventh month.

Motor skills

Seven month olds are learning to get around, although they don’t all do it in the same way. Your baby may creep, slide, 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 your baby can now sit unassisted and reach for and pick up toys, playtime involves a lot more independence than in past months. The ability to hold and drink from a cup and possibly eat from a spoon, means that baby is also more independent at mealtimes.

Your seven month old may be strong enough now to hold themselves up on their legs while supported. Practising this skill will strengthen the muscles of your baby’s legs and help them get ready for walking.

Teething

Between your baby’s sixth and nineth 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 more irritable than usual. To soothe gum discomfort, give your baby a cold flannel or teething toy to chew on. Once the first few teeth have popped up, brush them daily with a soft baby toothbrush and water. Hold off on the toothpaste until your child is old enough to know not to swallow it, which will be around age two.

You’ll probably see the bottom two teeth pop up first, followed by the two top middle teeth. The bottom and top two side teeth should fill in over the next three or four months. Don’t be alarmed if your baby is seven months old and doesn’t have any teeth yet. Teething can 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.

Eating

Your seven month old should have already started to eat solid foods. Now you can probably introduce chunkier foods - mashed fruit 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 diarrhoea, vomiting, rash or wheezing.

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