What to expect: 7-9 months
As your baby physically develops, they will become much more mobile, adventurous and want to be social. In the early months, your baby would sit and happily play with toys – but now they will love to explore the Tupperware cupboard
Your little one will really become quite independent with food by this stage and move from a mashed to risotto texture with their meals. Fingers foods will be more established and they may even enjoy a sandwich for lunch!
Your little one will drop their catnap around this stage and will have 2 big days sleeps – one on the morning and another in the afternoon. It is a good idea to try and have these in their bed where possible, as this will help to ensure they don’t fall back into cat-napping when out and about.
If you are still having difficulty getting your little one to settle overnight, there are many great services available to support you through this.
You will enjoy more awake time with your little one as they grow but it is still important to be mindful of their ‘awake windows’. If you are heading out and about, driving too close to nap times may result in them falling asleep and transferring to their bed can get harder with age.
- Some babies may be crawling by now. If so, get down on the ground and look at what they see – make sure to remove any danger
- They will enjoy you singing to them, this is a great encouragement for early language development
- Your baby will be stronger now and able to sit in a high chair during meal times