You may notice your baby reaches everything with his left or right hand, but it is too early to tell whether he is a ‘leftie’ or a ‘rightie’. You won’t be able to determine whether he is right or left handed until he is two to three years old, so for now all you can do is enjoy watching your clever little ambidextrous baby.
Your baby this week
Playing will take on a new perspective as your baby learns repetitive play. This means that he will repeatedly drop things for you to pick up or enjoy the same book or story over and over again; read our feature on fostering a love of reading. He is not doing this to frustrate you but is merely learning about cause and effect, and that his actions can make things happen. He also learns about concepts such as which objects are heavy and which are light. His memory has developed enough to realise that when he drops something it is not gone forever, it is just behind his back and he may twist and turn to retrieve it.
Crawling is not far off, so this month you may see him practising skills needed for crawling like getting up on all fours, rocking back and forwards, or getting into a sitting position from his tummy. Some eager seven-month olds may even attempt to pull themselves up to standing from sitting with the help of furniture or mum and dad.
You this week
Weaning should hopefully be going well, so if your baby is used to certain foods, try introducing some new tastes. Research shows that babies who are introduced to as many new tastes as possible before they reached one, grow up to be less fussy eaters. If your baby loves fruit try squashing some kiwi with a fork, and letting her try it. Pureed lentils are also a favourite as well as poaching some white fish in milk and adding mashed potatoes. Read up about weaning and learn about which foods are best for your baby’s age.
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