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Baby developmentê at 7 months: weight, sleep and nutritionção

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Baby developmentê at 7 months: weight, sleep and nutritionção
Baby developmentê at 7 months: weight, sleep and nutritionção
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A 7-month-old baby is already able to maintain good contact with other people through his eyes and begins to understand the meaning of “no”, through gestures made by parents or caregivers, with their fingers or with their head.

If the baby has not yet sat up alone, at this stage he will learn to sit without support and, if he has not yet started to crawl, he may crawl and roll to reach toys or objects. Learn how to encourage your baby to crawl.

At 7 months, in addition to breast milk or infant formula, the baby's diet should be supplemented with fruit porridge, which should be offered in the morning and afternoon snacks, and "s alty" porridge, prepared with cereals, proteins and fresh vegetables, offered for lunch and dinner.See how to feed a baby at 7 months.

It is important to note that each baby has its own rhythm of growth, sleep and food. Therefore, if there are doubts about the baby's development, it is advisable to consult a pediatrician.

Baby weight at 7 months

The following table indicates the baby's weight range at 7 months, as well as other important parameters such as height, head circumference and monthly weight gain, according to the World He alth Organization:

Boys

Girls

Weight

6.7 to 10.2 kg 6 to 9.8 kg

Stature

65 to 73.5 cm 62, 8 to 72 cm

Head circumference

42.5 to 45.2 cm 41.5 to 44.2 cm

Monthly weight gain

450 g 450 g

If the baby has values ​​above or below those indicated, it is recommended to consult the pediatrician so that the child's development can be evaluated.

Baby sleep

A 7-month-old baby sleeps an average of 14 hours a day, which are divided into 9 to 11 straight hours per night, and 2 to 3 naps during the day, lasting between 2 to 3 hours each.

At 7 months, babies are usually very active and want to play and stay with their parents, or guardians, even at bedtime.However, it is important to establish a regular schedule so that the baby has a peaceful night's sleep, as they are important for the child's growth, weight gain and immunity.

Many babies are able to sleep well throughout the night, while others may have a little difficulty sleeping long hours or may even “change day for night”. In these cases, some suggestions to help the baby get a good night's sleep are:

  • Give the baby a warm bath;
  • Tell a story or put on low, calm music;
  • Keep the baby's room in a soft light;
  • Reduce noise in the house at bedtime;
  • Get a massage.

Also, if the baby wakes up too early, it is important to assess if everything is ok, talking in a low and calm voice with the child. If everything is ok, it is advisable to rock the baby in the crib so that he sleeps a little longer.

Baby development

A 7-month-old baby is usually able to sit up alone and without support and already crawls, crawls or rolls towards some object or toy. In addition, the baby also begins to explore more parts of its own body, such as nose, ears and genital region.

At this stage the baby maintains good contact with other people through the eyes and begins to understand the meaning of “no”, through gestures made by the parents, or caregivers, with the fingers or with the head. In addition, the baby also starts to make more sounds, forming syllables, such as "da-da", "pa-pa" and "drool".

At 7 months, two more teeth can appear in the baby, which can cause irritation, decreased sleep, reduced appetite and, sometimes, fever in the child. To improve these discomforts, parents or guardians can massage the baby's gums with their fingertips, for example. See other tips to relieve the discomfort of baby teething.

Baby Feeding

According to the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, a 7-month-old baby’s diet should consist of fresh fruit porridge, which should be offered in the morning and afternoon snacks, and 2 “s alty” porridge, made with vegetables fresh vegetables, cereals, tubers, pulses and proteins, offered for lunch and dinner.

It is important to remember that foods should complement breast milk, which should be offered on demand, that is, whenever the baby wants, or infant formula..

The baby at 7 months also needs to drink 800 ml of water throughout the day, considering the water from breast milk or infant formula, the water used in soups and broths, and the pure water, which must be filtered or boiled. Learn how to give water to a 7 month old baby.

In addition, it is also important to avoid certain types of food, such as gelatin, chocolate, s alt and sugar, to avoid the formation of inappropriate eating habits that could contribute to diseases such as diabetes or obesity.See other foods babies shouldn't eat.

Toys and toys for baby

Plays and toys for a 7 month old baby help to stimulate curiosity, motor coordination, communication and language. In addition, games also help to create a positive bond between the child and the parents or guardians.

A good play option for a 7-month-old is to let him sit on a soft mat and place some cardboard boxes and lids near the child. Explain, showing, how to cover the boxes, and encourage the baby to do the same, leaving him to cover and uncover himself.

Besides playing, some safe toys for 7 month olds are:

  • Washable cloth animals;
  • Toys with resistant material, not to fall apart when chewed;
  • Toys at least 4 cm in diameter and 6 cm in length;
  • Horses or rocking chair, which can be used by babies who are already sitting without support and wearing a seat belt.

Furthermore, it is important to choose toys in accordance with the recommendations regarding the age group, to prevent the baby from choking on small parts, for example. Here's what to do to degas the baby.

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