Milestones at 7 Months

Your baby is getting more physical and more curious by the day. And physical changes are helping him or her navigate the world better and better. Here’s a look at what a baby typically does at 7 months:

Social / Emotional Milestones

  • Enjoys playing with you or others
  • Likes to look at self in a mirror
  • Responds to others' expressions of emotion; often appears happy

Language / Communication Milestones

  • Responds to own name
  • Begins to respond to “no”
  • Makes sounds in response to sound
  • Can distinguish emotions by tone of voice
  • Babbles a string of consonants
  • Uses voices to express when happy or displeased

Cognitive Milestones (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

  • Finds partially hidden objects
  • Explores objects with hands and mouth
  • Struggles to get objects out of reach

Movement / Physical Milestones

  • Rolls from stomach to back or from back to stomach
  • Sits with support of his or her hands, and then without that support 
  • Supports whole weight on legs
  • Reaches with one hand
  • Transfers object from hand to hand
  • Grasps with spread fingers like a rake (no pincer grasp yet)

More on 7-month-olds.

Concerned About Your Child’s Development?

All babies are different and develop at their own pace. If your infant has not yet reached some of these milestones, it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.

Still, you know your child best. And developmental delays or disorders are most successfully treated when caught early.

If you have concerns, don’t wait.

Talk with the healthcare provider if you think your child...

  • Is not meeting milestones for his or her age
  • Has lost skills he or she once had, or is not doing something you’d expect him or her to be doing
Or if you have concerns about...
  • How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts or moves
  • Other things your child does

SOURCE: These developmental milestones from the American Academy of Pediatrics provide a general idea of what most babies can do at this age.

See also ... 

What your 7-month-old is learning and experiencing

•  Looking ahead: Development at 8 months

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