Your baby's seventh month: Week-by-week developmental updates

Expect him to focus on, and try to pick up, small objects. He’ll be able to rake in and pick up objects as small as a raisin or pebble. He’ll use his whole fist to grasp the tiny object and it’ll surely be destined for his mouth. Watch closely to be sure he picks up only safe items.

Your baby’s 29th week

You’re probably accustomed to speaking to your little one as a baby. Now, try encouraging primitive language skills. Speak slowly and clearly. Encourage imitation. When she says “ba ba ba” say it back to her in a different tone of voice. Listen as she tries to imitate your inflection.

She may become anxious when you are out of sight. This “separation anxiety” is common during the second half of the first year and even into the early part of the second year. She is still too young to understand that when you leave you do intend to return… even though you always have to date. To her understanding when you leave her line of sight you cease to exist. Help reassure her by speaking to her when you’re close by. She may be reassured by the sound of your voice even when she can’t see you. Although her reaction may tug at your heart strings ,or even be a bit frustrating when you simply must leave her temporarily, rest assured, this too will pass. Help her through this stage by leaving her with trusted adults when you must go to work or go out for the evening. Playing educational games like peek-a-boo will not only entertain, but will help her learn that although an object (in this case you) may disappear, much to her delight, it will soon re-surface.

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