Your curious 7-month-old

Playing with your baby just got a lot smarter.

Your curious 7-month-old

Your baby is getting bigger. So are her dreams.

Make the most of their milestones:

Playtime is getting real now! You may find yourself astounded at your baby's new abilities—and at how much she loves to play. Our simple guide for playing with your 7-month-old will give you fun tips for engaging that naturally curious spirit.

You've probably noticed that your baby is getting more and more mobile by the day (start baby proofing if you haven't already!), and she recognizes familiar faces. She'll react to different emotions, so tell her stories in an animated voice and include relatives and friends that she knows to keep her attention. A book that records a message from you or a relative is another great way to remind her how loved she is.

Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby's seventh month.

Thinking

She moves objects to find hidden toys.

  • Try This: Play hide-and-seek with toys to keep her engaged.

Engaging

She recognizes familiar faces and loves playing.

  • Try This: Point to family photos in an album and name each person, or read a Say & Play Photobook to encourage discovery and memory.

Communicating

She understands emotions and reacts to them.

  • Try This: Make faces as you talk to convey the emotions you're describing.

Moving

She can roll in both directions and sit independently.

  • Try This: Inspire longer sitting sessions by sitting with her and reading or playing.



Your postpartum life:

Are you yearning to get back into your exercise routine but having a hard time making it happen? (Join the club, mama.) Once you've been cleared to start working out, see if you can find a local mommy and me class—yoga, stroller walking—anything goes! If not, your baby will LOVE watching you do Zumba in your living room. So don't be afraid to try new things and get your groove on with your little one.

Take a minute today to look at how far you've come as a mama. You are rocking it—don't be afraid to tell yourself how awesome you are!



Discover all the activities and milestones for the first year with your curious baby here.

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Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child's development should be shared with his or her doctor.

Sources: healthychildren.org and WebMD

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