Your Baby at 7 Months

Thinking Skills

  • As he explores an object, he matches the feel of the object with the appearance of the object. His attention is more concentrated and focused.
  • Recognizes a familiar toy if all but a small part is covered up. Does not realize a completely covered-up toy is still under there -- beginning the concept of "object permanence."
  • Searches the floor to find a dropped object.
  • Plays rigorously with noise-making toys, such as a bell, music box or rattle, to explore what happens.
  • Tries to imitate more sounds and series of sounds. Vocalizes several sounds in one breath.
  • Knows he will attract attention if he cries or babbles.
  • Is learning the meaning of "no!" by the tone of your voice and your immediate actions.

Emotional Development

  • Wiggles with excitement in anticipation of playing.
  • Begins to show a sense of humor.
  • Reaches out to pat and smile at her mirror image.
  • Resists pressure to do something she doesn't want to do.
  • Experiences frustration as she begins the determined effort to stand and walk.
  • Curiosity motivates her to leave a parent's side to explore, but she comes back for frequent reassurance. She may be devastated if you are gone.
  • Separation anxiety: Begins to be shy with strangers -- unfamiliar people outside her immediate family.
  • Cuddles before bedtime to help her relax after a busy day of exploration. Usually sleeps through the night.

To learn more about your baby's growth and development, read the following:

- Your Baby at 6 Months
- Your Baby at 8 Months

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