7 Month Old Baby Development: Stranger Anxiety
With much deliberation, you've finally decided what baby will call you and every other relative in your and your partner's families. Now if only she'd get onboard and start using those hotly contested monikers. Nana, Pop-Pop, Gran, Great-Gran, Opa and Unca Walt are waiting! (And so is Mama, by the way!)
What You're Thinking: "Seriously, what's with all the grandparent jealousy? I've already got one baby on my hands, thank you."
- Your baby may be developing stranger anxiety around now. Just last week, he'd go willingly to your mother, your neighbor, the mailman ... but now, he wants you and only you, and may cry if you give him to someone he doesn't know as well. Parents might more commonly know this as "Stuck on You Syndrome."
- These days your baby will probably enjoy getting a chance to see other babies, but remember, at this age, babies don't really play with other kids. To your baby, all of the other cuties in his playgroup are still mainly a set of living toys—which does help explain why he's so happy to poke them in the eyes and bang on their heads.
- Enjoy playing with your baby, but also remember that quiet time is good, too—for both of you. A little downtime for Mommy while baby explores on his own is perfectly fine.
- You finally figured out how to use that nasal bulb syringe to clear baby's congestion. Now if only you could get that snot out on the first try.
- You're looking forward to splitting a peanut butter sandwich with your baby one day. You're not exactly dying to share a bowl of mashed cauliflower with him.
- You're quickly discovering that your baby is a total flirt (wonder where that comes from ...).
- You packed up all of the baby clothes that no longer fit and didn't shed a tear (although you probably shed a few pounds doing all that folding and rearranging).
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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.