Baby Physical Development in 7-Month-Olds: Trying New Foods
Mashed. Puréed. Whizzed. Whirred. You are officially in the world of all things mush! Your baby's experiencing all sorts of new tastes these days and you're getting to experience her delight (and, maybe, dislikes) firsthand. Who knew vegetable pulp could be this much fun?!
What You're Thinking: "Welcome to Chez Mommy! Today's entree includes a medley of mushy fruit and a potage of sweet potato, accompanied by a delightfully refreshing beverage of boob juice or formula ..."
- By this point in your baby's physical development, she may be able to push up to a sitting position when she's lying on her stomach. (We wouldn't challenge her to any push-up competitions, though, as it'd be embarrassing if she beat you.)
- For more adventurous baby games, try flying your baby around the room. Lift her up high and let her zoom around while you make flying noises. She'll think it's great and you can totally count it as your exercise for the day. Plus it's a ton cheaper than the seat they'll make you pay for when you finally start paying baby's airfare.
- You may notice your baby developing a special affinity for a certain cuddly, fuzzy creature at this point. (No, we don't mean Daddy!) This is an age when many babies begin to adopt a security item, such as a plush toy or a blanket. If you do see such a relationship emerging, be prepared to welcome it as a member of the family (i.e., dragging it with you every place you take the diaper bag). You might even consider investing in a "duplicate" to ward off lost security blanket emergencies.
- You're accepting the fact that your baby is an individual with his own personality—not you, not your partner, but his own person.
- You learned the hard way that some strollers get flat tires, too.
- You're showering at night to make the morning routine run smoothly (Let's not get too ambitious: Let's just say more smoothly than before.)
- You don't remember life without DVR.
- You log more weekly time on the swings than you do on the treadmill.
Quick question: How many days did you wear yoga pants last week? If your answer includes more than one day when you did not actually do yoga, then we need to talk about reasons for you to get dressed—like, namely, playgroups and baby classes for your budding socialite. So zip up your jeans and let's go, Mama! Read more ...
Everything you ever wanted to know ... and were just about to ask ...
Whip up this easy fruit treat for baby!
Buy It: Mommy Cards
Avoid writing your number on the back of a baby wipe next time you meet a potential new "mommy friend."
Share It: The Mom Uniform's Not for Me
Go on, Mama! Break out the heels and boob shirts! If you've got it, flaunt it!
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All babies grow and develop at different rates. So please don't compare your kid with so-and-so's baby from across the street—you'll just drive yourself nuts. If you have any concerns, bring them up with your pediatrician at your baby's next checkup.