Best Learning Activities For 7 Month Old Baby

7 MONTH OLD BABY

As your baby crosses six months old benchmark, he may achieve new milestones in his growth and development. You may now engage your baby in some fun activities that will help him learn and practise his newly acquired skills in a better manner.

Development Milestones that Can Be Seen in Seven Month Old Baby

Here are some of the milestones that you can see in your seven-month-old baby:

  • Starts Eating Solid Food: At six months of age, your baby will begin eating pureed solid food. Apart from the nutrition from mother’s milk, the baby also gets nutrition from various other food groups. Eating solid food is considered a milestone for a baby as it is indicative of a developed and improved digestive system.
  • Babbling Noises and Sounds: By this time your baby will begin experimenting with the kind of sounds he can make. He may sometimes become too loud, but this is only his way of trying out different things. Though mostly your baby will make vowel sounds such as Oo, Ee or Aa etc. he may even rattle out consonant sounds like Da, Mm etc. too.
  • Better Body Coordination and Improved Sense: Your baby has better-improved senses and better body coordination by the time he reaches the seven-month benchmark. He may respond to his name and may smile back at you when you smile. He may sit without support and may try to explore things by holding them.
  • Improved Locomotion Skills: Your baby will develop better locomotion skills by this time. He will try to drag and crawl to various places in the house.

7 Month Baby Activities to Speed-up Your Child’s Development

We all love to play and engage our babies into some fun activities but sometimes we run out of ideas, or we actually do not know what all we can do with our seven-month-old baby. Here are a few that you can use:

1. Playing with Blocks

Does your baby like fiddling with objects. Put it to good use with this game!

What You Need

You will need a vibrant coloured set of baby friendly blocks.

PLAYING WITH BLOCKS

How to

You may place all the blocks in front of him, and then you start staking up the blocks. Then you should hold your baby’s hands and help him stack the blocks. Once he observes you and you help him do it, he will then begin to stack on his own

Skills Developed

Object-location coordination and fine motor skills.

2. The Family Picture Game 

Is your baby a keen observer? Unlock his memorisation potential with this game.

What You Need

A family photo album

FAMILY PHOTO ALBUM

How to

Around this time your baby has developed a good sense of recognition and is able to identify faces and people that he meets on daily bases. You can place your baby in your lap and then show him pictures of close family members and people he interacts with everyday bases. It will be a good idea to speak out the names of members and also the relation while showing the pictures.

Skills Developed

Better visual perception and a good understanding of facial features.

3. The Calling Game

A baby with twitchy ears? Use this game to keep them occupied.

What You Need

You may include your partner, any other kid in the house, some hiding objects (like doors or curtains)

CALLING NAME

How to 

By seven months your baby is aware of his name and may also respond to it when you call it out. This game involves your partner hiding behind the curtain or a door and calling out your baby’s name.

Skills Developed

Listening or auditory skills, general muscle coordination and curiosity.

4. The Mirror Peek-a-boo Game

 A fun game that the whole family can enjoy. The more, the merrier.

What You Need

Big wall mirrors

PEEK-A-BOO

How to

One of the exciting seven-month baby activities, you can sit in front of the mirror with your baby on your lap. You may ask your partner or your elder kid to stand behind you at a little distance by covering their face with a stole. You may draw your baby’s attention towards the mirror and say peek-a-boo and ask your baby to observe.

Skilled Developed

A better understanding of depth and perception and visual skills.

5. The Food Tasting Game 

Make your baby into a future connoisseur with this game.

What You Need

Four to five different fruit or vegetables (pureed or mashed)

FOOD GAME)

How to

You can place four to five pureed or mashed foods in front of your baby and feed him all the food items one by one. You can see your baby’s face changing expressions every time you change the food item. You may notice his happy expression on eating his favourite food item, and he may even reach for the bowl too.

Skilled Developed

A better understanding of taste and smell of food items, better coordination

6. Puppet Game

 Are you good at voices? Use this to keep your baby entertained.

What You Need

A hand puppet (preferably in a vibrant colour or pattern)

PUPPET GAME

How to

You can sit on the floor with your baby and ask your partner to do some activities and take out some sounds while moving the hand puppet. You may draw your baby’s attrition towards the puppet and if he wishes to touch or hold it, let him do that.

Skilled Developed

Auditory skills and sound source interpretation.

7. Follow The Rattle

 Use this activity to make your baby a future Usain Bolt!

What You Need

A rattle toy (you may choose your baby’s favourite rattle too)

RATTLE TOY

How to

You may draw his attention to the sound of the rattle, and then you may gently place it at a distance from your baby so that he may grab it. As your baby leans and moves to grab the rattle, you can slowly move the rattle little farther than that. You should let him have the toy after two to three attempts. It is important that your baby has control over his balance and posture before you indulge him in one of such 7-month baby development activities.

Skilled Developed

Helps in developing good muscle and sight coordination and improves muscle strength.

8. Rhyme Time

Good at singing? Flaunt your voice with this one.

What You Need

An illustrated rhyme book

RHYME TIME

How to

Not only toddlers and pre-schoolers but babies also enjoy when their mother’s or anyone sings to them. You may make your baby sit on the lap, and while you sing the rhyme, you may draw your baby’s attention towards the book.

Skilled Developed

Better listening skills and improved vocal interpretation.

9. Grab The Toy

Is your baby someone who is very determined? Use this game to bring it out.

What You Need

Any stringed toy, your partner or elder kid.

STRINGED TOY

How to

This is a great activity in helping your baby crawl or moves on his tummy. You can make your baby lie on the floor on his tummy. By drawing his attention to a stringed toy, you can place the toy in close proximity to your baby. But do not put it too close so that he may grab the toy at once. Once your baby starts moving towards the toy, you may gently move the toy away and let him make few tries before you hand him over the toy.

Skilled Developed

Better physical dexterity, muscle-sight coordination.

10. Bath Fun

Make bathing an activity rather than a chore.

What You Need

Inflated plastic toys, bathtub

BATH TOYS

How to

Fill half of your baby’s bathtub with water and place few inflated toys in them. Now place your baby in the tub and draw his attention to the toy that you try and drown and which bounces back on the surface again. After watching you a few times, your baby may try and do the same thing. Teach him to splash the water as well. It is amongst one of the best sensory activities for 7-month-old baby.

Skilled Developed

A better understanding of cause and effect, sensory tactile feeling

11. Exercising Fun

A workout regime that can also be a shared experience.

What You Need

The mommy and the baby

EXERCISING FUN

How to

Place your baby on your legs, with his legs touching your tummy. By holding his hands lift his entire body up to 90 degrees and then put him back is the lying down position.

Skills developed

Dexterity and muscle control.

12. Noisy Fun Activity

Is your baby at that stage where he mimics everyone? Try this then!

What You Need

Average sized cardboard box, some toys.

CARDBOARD FILLED WITH TOYS

How to

Fill the cardboard box with some toys. You can make your baby sit on the floor and draw his attention to the box by shaking it. The toys inside will make different sounds. You can regulate the volume by shaking gently or vigorously.

Skills Developed

Cognitive skills

13. Playing with The Shadow

Facing frequent power-cuts? Use this game to pass the time.

What You Need

Torch, some toys, you and your partner

PLAYING WITH SHADOWS

How to

By flashing the light on the wall, you may make different shapes from your hand or place some toys in front of the light to different shadows. You may different noises with the shadows too.

Skills Developed

Sensory skills

14. Play with Colours

 Bring out your baby’s inner Picasso.

What You Need

Food purees of various colours, white chart paper (beetroot, mango, spinach etc.)

PLAY WITH COLOURS

How to

Make your baby sit on a big white chart paper and help him make impressions with different coloured purees on the paper.

Skills Developed 

Colour perception and better visual sense.

15. Music And Dance

Its time to boogie!

What You Need

Music

MUSIC AND DANCE

How to

You can play some nice music at a comfortable volume and dance with your baby. You may either hold him and dance or make him sit in front of you and move his hands while humming to the tunes being played.

Skills Developed

Social bonding and better listening skills.

With these games, your baby should be occupied and is a much better alternative than making them sit in front of the television.

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