My 7-month-old baby: your baby's growing world
Your 7-month-old baby will likely start moving more independently this month, and might begin exploring his surroundings in new ways. In addition, his first tooth could be arriving soon. You'll need to help your baby cope with teething while you continue to foster his development.
From 4-7 months of age, babies learn to coordinate their new perceptive abilities (including vision, touch, and hearing) and motor skills such as grasping, rolling over, sitting up, and may be even crawling. Babies now have more control over what they will or will not do, unlike earlier months in which they mainly reacted by reflex. Babies will explore toys by touching them and putting them in their mouths instead of just looking at them. They can also communicate better and will do more than simply cry when they are hungry or tired or when they want a change in activity or a different toy.
Every baby grows and learns at a different pace, but by the end of your baby's 7th month, he will likely be able to do the following:
- Roll over both ways (stomach to back and back to stomach)
- Sit up
- Struggle for objects out of reach
- Transfer objects from one hand to the other
- Explore with hands and mouth
- Support whole weight on legs when held upright
- Develop full-colour vision and mature distance vision
- Respond to own name
- Babble chains of consonants (ba-ba-ba-ba)
- Distinguish emotions by tone of voice, begins to respond to "no"
- Enjoy playing peek-a-boo
- Show an interest in mirror images