Q. Please help me with some parenting doubts for my seven months old baby girl.

Answered by
Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 05, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jan 09, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a mother of a seven months old baby girl. I have a few doubts regarding parenting. She is still only crawling and sitting and not yet standing. We are concerned if we are giving her enough time and place. How long and how many times in a day we should keep her on the ground for her to develop further towards standing and walking?

Our house floors are dusty, and she tends to take anything she finds and puts it in her mouth. We use floor cleaner liquid, so these chemicals might also be present on the floor. We would want her to try her movements freely but also would like to be cautious on possible infections. In such a case, is it better to use a mat or is it fine to leave her on the floor even if it is dusty and cleaned with chemicals?

In the event of things given to her to play with, I wanted to give only silicon teether or BPA-free toys and avoid plastic toys, but plastic toys are more appealing to her. She often keeps them in her mouth. Should we sterilize the teether or toys every time we give it to her? A doctor advised against pacifier, as we cannot keep cleaning it every time the baby uses it. Which is better? Shall I let her keep fingers in the mouth instead or to pacify her with teether or toys? Also, will toys improve her skills? For example, toys manufacturer claims rattling toys would improve her ears, etc.

During her birth, we were advised to keep her in the sun early mornings from 6 to 8 AM or evening from around 5 to 6 PM. Due to a disturbed sleep pattern, we can keep her out only around 10 AM. I am concerned about UV exposure, but my family does not believe me. Should we be concerned about UV? How long and at what time should I take her for sunlight exposure?



Welcome to

It seems that you are new to parenting and anxious about the health of your baby girl.

  • Seven months old baby crawling and not able to stand is normal. Babies usually stand by around nine months and should be able to walk by around a year.
  • Do not be so aggressive in maintaining cleanliness. Just be casual and clean the floor once or twice a day with regular floor cleaners available in the market. Too much of cleanliness or chemical usage is harmful. Dust can get accumulated on mats and may cause infections, so use a vacuum cleaner if you go for floor mats.
  • Good quality branded toys are advisable, which do not lose color or texture quickly. Sterilization of toys cannot be practiced all the time. Yes, toys of different kinds help in the development of the growing child in all their domains like physical, intellectual, language and social. So having a variety of toys would be of great help.
  • Exposure to sunlight in twilight hours that is early morning or evening is just a myth. You can expose your baby to the sun at any time you prefer.

For further queries consult a paediatrician online -->

Hi doctor,

Thank you for clarifying my doubts. We clean the house floors only once weekly, so the floors get dusty. Is that fine?



Welcome back to

  • I am happy to know that most of your doubts regarding your baby's health got clarified by me.
  • I would suggest that if your home is dustier, then clean it frequently or at least clean the rooms in which the baby spends more time, to prevent infections.

For further queries consult a paediatrician online -->

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