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

For your own peace of mind, remember that she’ll likely stop her protests shortly after you leave as she’s distracted by other children at day care, a loving grandmother or other enticing sights in the room.

Your baby’s 30th week

Now that your little one is sitting unassisted and is most likely able to scoot or crawl about, try engaging him in interactive floor play. While he may not get the hang of it right away, he’ll probably enjoy rolling a ball around and chasing it as it gets away from him. Games like Pat-a-Cake are great for one-on-one time.

His eyes have matured and he’s now able to track objects well from one side of his head all the way to the other. In addition, he can now see across the room and will enjoy looking around at every object he can find. Try blowing some soap bubbles his way and watch as he tries to grab the elusive little objects.

Nursing Moms may experience a bit of discomfort at this time as their little ones discover that they can bite by clamping down their gums (or teeth). Don’t let this deter you from you attempt to continue breastfeeding. He’s not biting to hurt you. He doesn’t yet understand that it hurts. Generally speaking, it isn’t all that difficult to teach him not to bite. Although it is at times impossible, try to remain calm when he bites. Any strong reaction may prompt him to try again just to see what you’ll do. Instead, remain expressionless and tell him “NO” in a harsh tone. Remove your nipple from his mouth, if necessary breaking his suction with your finger. Try to resume nursing a short time later. He’ll quickly learn that if he wants to nurse he is not allowed to bite. Be patient, it may take a couple of interrupted sessions before he understands this cause and effect, but very soon you’ll be enjoying bite-free sessions again.

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