7 Months

Eat:

Make sure to always check with your pediatrician before starting solids to make sure your baby is ready and to know what are the best options. On that note however I am a huge advocate for "Baby led weaning". It allows the child a safe and healthy way to experience food and cut down on the food battle. 

Amounts per day:

• At least 5 nursing sessions per day or 26-32 ounces formula or combination
• 1-2 servings fruit (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)
• 1-2 servings vegetable (1 serving = 1-2 Tablespoons)
• You can also offer cooked egg yolk (but no egg whites until 1 year old due to allergens). Some children such as my son could not handle the egg yolk until much later.

 

Play:

By now your child should be rolling both way and possibly crawling. Transferring objects from hand to hand, bringing objects to their mouth. They have begun to babble and maybe even recognize their own name. They are laughing and interacting socially. They watch you as you walk around the room, meaning they are more aware when you are not there.

 

Sleep:

At this age, some 7 month old's can sleep through the night, without a feeding, and take two to three naps. Some babies don’t ever have 3 naps, but many will have 3 naps until around 9 months. The third nap is almost always a short 30-45 minute cat nap. Your 7 month old should be napping a total of 2-3 hours per day plus sleeping 11-12 hours at night. If you’re having trouble with naps, you might be interested in helping your baby nap.

7 Month Sample Sleep Schedule

Wake Time: 2.25-2.75

 

7:00 – Wake and Breast milk or Formula
8:15 – Breakfast
9:00 – Morning Nap (at least 1 hour)
10:00 – Breast milk or Formula
12:30 – Breast milk or Formula
1:00 – Early Afternoon Nap (at least 1 hour)
3:00 – Breast milk or Formula
4:00 – Optional Catnap (30-45 minutes)
4:30 or 5:00 – Dinner
6:15 – Begin bedtime routine
7:00 – Breast milk or Formula and Bedtime (goal to be asleep at this time)

 

+Plus possibly 1-2 nighttime feedings

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