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Is your baby
showing signs of separation anxiety? Reaching for you when someone else is
holding him, crying when you disappear into the next room or leave the house—these
are signs of a very normal part of a healthy attachment relationship between
parent and baby. Hold your baby a lot, get down on the ground and play, keep
your routines predictable—as time goes on, your baby learns that you do go away, but you always come back. It's
not always easy for Mom to always be so needed, but just know that this too,
You're not just
feeding your baby solid food, you're laying the groundwork for her relationship
to food over the years. This means thinking not just about what you're feeding, but how
you're feeding it.
"The goal is to let the initiation to eat or not
eat come from the baby," says Los Angeles Mommy and Me group leader and author
Julie Wright. Early on, that means respecting the baby's cues and trying not to
have an emotional reaction, positive or negative, around whether your baby
eats. Enjoy food with her—have a version of what she's eating so she sees you
You can offer
two foods at two meals a day, says board-certified infant feeding specialist Cynthia
Epps. Keep the food servings separate, with each averaging approximately two
ounces of puree. "Between 7 and 8 months, two purees of green and yellow
vegetables and/or any of the various potatoes—peeled, steamed sweet potatoes,
yams, red, white or yellow potatoes, and fingerlings—can build your baby's
meals," says Epps. "Fruits are optional, and may be offered as little as two to
three times a week to minimize the development of a sweet tooth."
or bottle feed
or bottle feed
Lunch: 1-2 ounces green/yellow veggies,
diluted with water. You may offer the solids first and finish the meal with
or bottle feed
Dinner: 2 ounces veggie puree or baby
cereal diluted with water. Breast/bottle feeding, as desired.
or bottle feed.
Night feed(s): Breast
or bottle feed, if needed.
At this age,
babies need between 10.5–12 hours of nighttime sleep and take 2–3 naps per day
(depending on the length of the nap), says sleep consultant Heather Turgeon. A
typical 7-month-old's sleep schedule will look something like this (adapted
from "The Happy Sleeper"):
Bedtime 7 p.m.
Wake time 6 a.m.
Nap 1 8:00 a.m.
Nap 2 12:00 p.m.
Nap 3 3:30 p.m. (short nap)
If your baby's
naps are long, she may only take 2 naps. Most babies move to a 2-nap schedule
by 9 months of age, and those naps will be around 1–2 hours each, says Turgeon.
When you play
with your baby, try to hang back and watch. Let him lead the play—and you
follow. Pause and notice what he's doing: is he trying to communicate, is he
pointing at something, watching shadows on the wall or reveling in the sound of
a toy shaker? Whatever it is, see if you can join in and let him lead you. Add
to what he does and build on his curiosity instead of trying to direct the
play—this is a great parenting skill to practice.
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