31weeks old

31weeks old

7-Month-Third Week (31weeks)

How your baby’s growing

Teething can start as early as three months or as late as 12 months, but most babies sprout their first teeth (typically the two middle teeth on the bottom) between four and seven months of age. Don’t be alarmed if your baby has gaps between his pearly whites. Teeth often come up through the gums at odd angles, and spaces commonly disappear by age three, after all 20 baby teeth have broken through.

Once your baby starts teething, you can expect more drooling and experimenting with sounds as he adjusts to having these strange new things in his mouth.

How your life’s changing

Many a mother of a 7-month-old has yet to enlist the services of a babysitter or spend much time away from her baby. There may be many reasons for this, including a baby who has had health problems or a mum with limited options for alternate care. Mums who work may hate to spend any of their free time away from their little one. And, of course, 7-month-olds are just so cute and appealing it can be hard to tear yourself away.

That said, there are good reasons to get away from your baby every once in a while – if not for your sake, then for hers. Short separations help her adjust to other people and become more socialized – and may even help prevent full-blown separation anxiety.

You don’t have to go out for very long. An hour’s errands, a trip to the cinema – any short separation when your baby is awake and aware that you’re away will do the trick. And you, in turn, will realize that the sky won’t fall in if you’re not there to hold it up over her, which is also a good thing.

Parent tip: baby food tip

“I give my daughter rice pudding, cooked with milk, and stewed fruit – it’s healthy and tasty and she loves it.” — Zoya

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