Now that your baby has started eating solid foods, she is much stronger and more active than ever. By this time, she will be able to recognize her name and respond to call-outs, while also being able to move towards anything that catches her fancy. At this stage, it is important that you encourage her to explore new things through various activities. The brain development at this stage is at its peak and this is why the baby needs to be introduced to new things — toys that encourage thinking, extract responses from the baby and activities that require her to think and reason. This is important to develop her cognitive abilities. Read on to learn about the physical, cognitive, emotional/social, sensory and language related growth milestones to look out for at this stage and monitor your little one closely to rule out problems.
- Now that your baby tries or is able to move on her own, baby proofing the house is essential. Look out for objects she might put into her mouth and eliminate all such choking hazards. Similarly, baby proof sharp edges, stairs and other things that might harm her upon contact.
- Cleanliness is another aspect that needs focus upon at this stage.
- At 27 weeks, your baby should be able to sit for at least a moment by herself. Also, she will be able to move towards objects that interest her. She may also be able to hold and pass objects easily from one hand to another.
- It is necessary to watch her and not leave her unattended.
- This is the right time to use toys that facilitate physical development to play with your baby. Toys that have wheels or that facilitate motion such as balls or other toys that help her hand eye co-ordination and motor skills should be used.
- You could bounce a ball around and help your baby move, track and retrieve it or use toys to encourage her to move. These plays serve as exercises for the joints and help strengthen them.
- Your baby will now explore and experiment with toys often. For instance, she will examine objects like bells and shakers closely, and bang pans and blocks together on her own.
- This is the beginning of the phase where she will make strong associations about how objects in her surroundings function.
- She might start showing some attempts at trying to feed herself, for example, by picking up her food or with a finger in mouth.
- She might even be smart enough to look for family members when you ask her to! For instance, often play "Where's Daddy?" etc. with her so she makes these associations with the semantics early on.
Sensory, Social and Emotional Development
- Your baby will be able to recognize bright colours, patterns and make eye contact and respond to call-outs by zeroing in on your face and looking at you directly while babbling or crying.
- Try new songs and introduce new moods via music. Making her playtime fun is the key to engaging her attention and helps physical/social/sensory development.
- By now, your baby will be able to make distinct noises and babble certain sounds to convey some meanings. She understands your emotions as well — love, anger, tiredness, sickness and so on.
- Some babies may even be able to other emotional expressions and try to tune in to the world around them by associating emotions with facial expressions.
- Your child may be able to imitate sounds well at this stage.
- Though your baby may still not be able to talk, she will be able to make distinct sounds and imitate you to communicate.
- She will recognise her name by now and respond by looking at you or making sounds/noises.
- Continue singing, talking and reading to your baby and encourage her to talk back and repeat sounds. This will help her develop socially and start speaking sooner.
- Your child should have particular favourites in rhymes/songs/music in general by now. It has been proven that early exposure to music helps in speech development.
- She might be using body language to communicate with you without you even noticing. Try looking for a nod next time you expect her to say yes to something in babble sounds but she doesn't make any.
- At this stage, you can introduce toys that enable your baby to reason and think. Use building blocks and shapes to help her associate shapes and work on matching them.
- Don’t make it boring or tedious, and don't expect her to get it right every time. She should enjoy herself even while making mistakes!
- Hide things and encourage her to find it and devise other activities that help her associate, reason and think. This will aid her cognitive development.
Contact your Pediatrician If:
- Contact your paediatrician in case your baby develops allergies or has persistent coughs and colds/fever.
- In case you are worried about her sensory or cognitive abilities, contact your doctor immediately to allay your fears.
In case you've already finished the cycle, no need for immunizations now. Apart from this, the Influenza vaccine is mostly prescribed for babies who are more than 6 months old. This shot has be taken annually till a certain age.
You may have to continue the following shots in month 6 to complete the number of recommended cycles.
- Hep B Shots
- DTaP Vaccine
A baby at almost 7 months can be quite handy and fun to play with. Engage your child in a variety of activities and sustain her interest with new games. Let her explore things on her own to ensure overall development. If you are making a baby book, you should soon be recording the moment wherein your baby stands! Be ready with a camera and record this precious moment in your baby book. Don't miss a thing, happy mommy'ing!