In this article, we will focus on some of the developmental milestones that your 7-month-old baby could reach.
Your baby develops month by month and acquires new skills over time. That’s why it is important to accompany them during their learning and that you enjoy together each of the stages that your little one goes through during their development.
Remember that each child progresses at a different rate, so it is possible that your baby achieves what we mention here before or after this age.
In case you have doubts about the progress of your little one in any of the developmental areas, we recommend that you speak with your pediatrician so that they can guide you and give you some recommendations to boost your baby’s skills.
7 month-old baby’s milestones
1. Physical area
By 7 months, your baby may improve their hand coordination. In fact, you might notice that they begin to grab different objects using their palm and all of their fingers, including the thumb. Likewise, your little one could voluntarily start dropping things.
On the other hand, your little one will continue developing their senses and will begin to react differently when in contact with some textures and temperatures. To boost this, you can encourage your baby to touch different objects made of soft, rough, smooth, or hard materials, as well as cold and warm items.
Another milestone that a 7-month-old baby could reach is starting to drag themselves or roll with the intention of moving from one place to another. Also, they will remain seated without support and will even begin to go from lying down to sitting up by pushing themselves with their hands to get up.
To accompany your baby during this stage, place some objects or toys that they like around them. This will encourage them to move to reach them and will allow them to move forward so they can learn to crawl in the months to come.
2. Linguistic and cognitive areas
Around 7 months, your baby could make great advances in the linguistic area, something that is usually very exciting for all parents. They might even start repeating syllables by putting consonants and vowels together. An example of this would be “baba” or “dada”.
One way to encourage your little one to say their first words is by talking to them during the day. It is recommended that when pronouncing a syllable that your baby is practicing, you help them by saying some simple words that contain that sound. So if your child says “baba”, you can encourage them by saying “bath” or “babble”.
Another way to boost your baby’s language skills is by reading to them. Although at this age a 7-month-old baby may be more interested in touching the books and exploring them with their hands, eyes, and mouth; listening to the sounds of words will help them become familiar with the syllables and begin to imitate them in the months to come.
- If you want to know some tips on how to read with your little one at this stage, we invite you to read this article: Reading with your baby: 0-11 months.
Another developmental milestone that your baby could reach at 7 months is beginning to understand the concept of cause and effect. This means that they could, for example, throw a ball hoping that you will give it back to them. Your baby will also try to push away some toys or nearby objects to reach other things they want and will look for items that have fallen to the floor until they find them.
3. Social and emotional area
One of the social and emotional changes that you may notice in your 7-month-old baby will be their tendency to interact with people they are familiar with. You could even watch your baby play and laugh with the people they know.
Around 7 months of age, your baby will also begin to be more independent. You will notice this when they play alone. Take into account that play is key in children’s development, as it allows them to understand the world in which they live and acquire new skills. Also, when your child plays on their own, they have new opportunities to understand how the objects around them work, exploit their creativity, and face new challenges.
- For some tips on how to encourage your little one to play alone, we invite you to read the following article: Developing independence: Encouraging my toddler to play alone.
Other important facts
Now that you know a lot more about what you could expect from a 7-month-old baby’s development, it’s time to talk about other topics that are important at this stage in your little one’s life: sleep and teething.
Keep in mind that getting enough sleep allows your child to rest and maintain optimal physical and mental health. In addition, sleep is essential for proper brain development and for babies to gain enough weight to grow.
At 7 months, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that babies sleep between 12 and 15 hours. Of course, your child could be sleeping less than that, between 11 and 13 hours, or even sleep up to 19 hours a day. All these ranges are considered normal, but you can consult your pediatrician if you have any questions in this regard.
Lastly, it is important to mention that your baby’s first teeth could come out between 6 and 12 months. This can make your little one irritable and fuzzy, but there is nothing to worry about. There are ways to help your child make this stage easier for them, such as offering them something cold to chew on or massaging their gums with one of your fingers.
Would you like to continue learning about the stages of your baby’s development and how you can promote each of the developmental areas that we mentioned? In case you do, download Kinedu!