Developmental Milestones: Month 7

Motor Development

  1. From scooting, crawling, rolling to dragging herself on her belly, your infant is exploring the world as much as she can.
  2. She will be able to sit up unassisted.
  3. With a bit of training, she will manage to hold her sippy cup and even a spoon sometimes.
  4. An adventurous child will cruise along the edge of furniture and pull herself ready to walk.
  5. Music will make her rock back and forth as a show of enjoyment.
  6. Raking movement will help her pull objects closer more deftly.
  7. Formation of pincer grip will start to set in.
  8. They will be able to clap freely.

Cognitive Development

  1. There will be improved hand-eye coordination.
  2. Though tiring for you, she will repeat a task over and over again at this age—repetition is the way they learn.
  3. Babies at this age become wary of strangers and will not stay with them.
  4. They learn meanings behind simple things: hug, bye bye, hello, hie.
  5. A better understand of cause and effect movements will develop.
  6. They are smart enough to learn the dropping things will elicit a response from the audience.
  7. She will wait for a reaction when she bangs the table or makes a sound.
  8. She will want to explore the concept of object permanence more and more.
  9. Uncovering partially hidden objects will be fun and learning for her.
  10. Exploring objects with hands and mouth will be frequent.

Emotional and Social Development

  1. Social play—play in a group with familiar people—will become a favourite activity.
  2. Her reactions to your emotions will charm you to no end.
  3. Her love for looking at herself in the mirror will grow more.
  4. Though wary of strangers, she will respond to them, when nestled securely in your lap.

Language and Communication

  1. A variety of voices—grumbling, whining, moaning—will get added to her repertoire.
  2. Around this time they will learn to respond to their names.
  3. Her language will flourish: she will strong long babbling sentences together.
  4. She will tune into your voice and mimic the sounds you make.
  5. Simple instructions such as let’s go, no will make sense to her.


  1. Introduce more soft foods to her diet.
  2. Bring in more vegetables and fruits in her food menu.
  3. Give appropriate finger foods such as banana slices, paneer chunks.
  4. Continue breastfeeding if comfortable or milk as advised by the doctor.
  5. 3-5 feedings of milk, interspaced with food should be good.
  6. Sips of water can be offered.
  7. Since teething is on, do not offer bottle at bed time.

What you can do to boost her development:

  1. Have adequate tummy time.
  2. Make baby do assisted sit-ups.
  3. Encourage self feeding to boost her pincer grip and also for future.
  4. Continue to name objects to boost her language.
  5. Reading should gain more prominence in her schedule.
  6. Use everyday things—pots, pans, laundry basket as play things. The more exposure to textures, sounds, materials, the better it is for the baby.
  7. Start eating meals together with family.
  8. Get down on all fours to encourage baby to crawl/move.

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