Developmental Milestones 7 months old
Developmental Milestones by the End of 7 Months

Movement
  • Rolls both ways (front to back, back to front)
  • Sits with, and then without, support of his/her hands
  • Supports his/her whole weight on her legs
  • Reaches with one hand
  • Transfers object from hand to hand
  • Uses raking grasp (not pincer)

Vision
  • Develops full color vision
  • Distance vision matures
  • Ability to track moving objects matures

Language
  • Responds to own name
  • Begins to respond to "no"
  • Distinguishes emotions by tone of voice
  • Responds to sound by making sounds
  • Uses voice to express joy and displeasure
  • Babbles chains of consonants

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

Social/Emotional
  • Enjoys social play
  • Interested in mirror images
  • Responds to other people's expressions of emotion

Developmental Health Watch

Because each baby develops in his/her own particular manner, it's impossible to tell exactly when or how your child will perfect a given skill.
The developmental milestones will give you a general idea of the changes you can expect, but don't be alarmed if your own baby's development takes a slightly different course.
Alert your pediatrician; however, if your baby displays any of the following signs of possible developmental delay for this age range.

  • Seems very stiff with tight muscles
  • Seems very floppy like a rag doll
  • Head still flops back when body is pulled up to a sitting position
  • Reaches with one hand only
  • Refuses to cuddle
  • Shows no affection for the person who cares for him/her
  • Doesn't seem to enjoy being around people
  • One or both eyes consistently turn in or out
  • Persistent tearing, eye drainage or sensitivity to light
  • Does not respond to sounds around him/her
  • Has difficulty getting objects to his/her mouth
  • Does not turn his/her head to locate sounds by 4 months
  • Doesn't roll over in either direction (front to back or back to front) by 5 months
  • Seems inconsolable at night after 5 months
  • Doesn't smile spontaneously by 5 months
  • Cannot sit with help by 6 months
  • Does not laugh or make squealing sounds by 6 months
  • Does not actively reach for objects by 6 to 7 months
  • Doesn't follow objects with both eyes at near (1 foot) and far (6 feet) ranges by 7 months
  • Does not bear some weight on legs by 7 months
  • Does not try to attract attention through actions by 7 months
  • Does not babble by 8 months
  • Shows no interest in games of peekaboo by 8 months


Excerpted from Caring for Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, Bantam 1999

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