Your Baby's Growth: 7 Monthsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-yourBabysGrowth7mo-enHD-AR1.pngYour baby continues to grow in many ways. Here's what to expect this month.7 months, seven months, grow, growth, breast-feeding, bottle-feeding, hungry, formulas, nipples, 6 month olds, pacifier, immunities, mother's milk, pumping, 7-month-olds, length, long, measurements, sizes, shapes, birth order, percentile, premature babies, body fat, rolls of fat, height, 7 month olds, head circumferences, bowel movements, general pediatrics, endocrinology, endocrine, neonatology, neonatal, CD1Endocrinology03/14/201508/28/201908/28/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD08/27/201963841008-e182-4f53-9de2-6fcd65838077https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-7mos.html/<p>Babies this age continue to grow &mdash; in size, physical skills, and their ability to interact with the world. Much of what they learn will come in handy for eating solid food. <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/breast-bottle-feeding.html/">Breastfeeding or formula feeding</a> should continue as the main source of nourishment. But help your baby explore new tastes and textures.</p> <p>As long as your baby keeps growing steadily, eating habits shouldn't be a cause for concern.</p> <h3>How Much Will My Baby Grow?</h3> <p>Babies continue to gain about 1 to 1&frac14; pounds (450 to 560 grams) and &frac12; inch to &frac34; inch (1 to 2 centimeters) in length this month.</p> <p>Since your child's birth, the doctor has recorded growth in weight, length, and head size (circumference) at regular <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkups.html/">well-baby visits</a>. The doctor puts these numbers on a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-charts.html/">growth chart</a>. Ask your doctor to show you your baby's growth record. By now, you should begin to see a personal growth curve. Expect your child to continue growing along this curve.</p> <h3>Should I Be Concerned?</h3> <p>Is my baby big enough? Is my child going to be tall or short? Parents often worry about growth and may compare a baby with siblings and peers. It's important to remember that kids come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.</p> <p>Growth depends on many things, including:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genes</a> passed on by the parents (kids tend to resemble their parents in height)</li> <li>the amount and quality of food a child eats</li> <li>overall health</li> <li>how well the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hormones.html/">hormones</a> that affect growth work</li> </ul> <p>The growth chart can help the doctor see whether your child is growing as expected.</p> <p>If you're concerned about your baby's weight or growth, talk with your doctor, who might ask:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>How many feedings a day does your baby get?</li> <li>How much does your baby eat at each feeding?</li> <li>If breastfed, how long does your baby nurse at each feeding?</li> <li>What else are you feeding your baby?</li> <li>How often does your baby poop? What do the BMs look like?</li> <li>How often does your baby pee?</li> </ul> <p>The doctor also may ask about your baby's health and development. These things together help the doctor decide if your baby is growing at a healthy rate. The doctor might recommend tests if there are signs of a problem.</p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/preemies.html/">Premature</a> babies may still be behind in size compared with full-term babies their age. But they should also be growing steadily at their own rate.</p> <h3>What About a Baby Who Gains Weight Fast?</h3> <p>Parents may wonder: Can babies gain too much weight? But only a few babies and toddlers are overweight. In those cases, advice from the baby's doctor can help.</p> <p>Never skip feedings. But do watch for signs from your baby that he or she is full. Make sure your baby's calories come from nutritious sources &mdash; like fruits, vegetables, and fortified cereals. Breast milk or formula should still be the main source of nourishment in the first year of life.</p> <p>Make sure your baby is active. For a baby this age, that means plenty of time to move around in a safe space. Get down on the rug with your baby and encourage physical activity. Limit the amount of time spent in car seats, strollers, and playpens.</p> <h3>What's Next?</h3> <p>Your baby's rapid growth will slow down as the first birthday approaches. But expect big changes in the coming months as your little one becomes more mobile.</p>El crecimiento de su bebé: 7 mesesLos bebés de esta edad siguen creciendo: en tamaño, habilidades físicas y capacidad para relacionarse con el mundo. Mucho de lo que están aprendiendo les irá muy bien para comer alimentos sólidos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/growth-7mos-esp.html/3d4c8b47-35af-404d-a07b-a2e0c76062ac
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