Babies and children develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when your child will learn a given skill. The developmental milestones listed below will give you a general idea of the changes you can expect, but don't be alarmed if your own child's development takes a slightly different course.
Important Milestones: By the End of Seven Months


Social and Emotional
  • Enjoys social play
  • Interested in mirror images
  • Responds to other people's expressions of emotion and appears joyful often

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

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

Movement
  • Rolls both ways (front to back, back to front)
  • Sits with, and then without, support on hands
  • Supports whole weight on legs
  • Reaches with one hand
  • Transfers object from hand to hand
  • Uses hand to rake objects

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

Developmental Health Watch
  • Seems very stiff, with tight muscles
  • Seems very floppy, like a rag doll
  • Head still flops back when body is pulled to a sitting position
  • Reaches with one hand only
  • Refuses to cuddle
  • Shows no affection for the person who cares for him or her
  • Doesn't seem to enjoy being around people
  • One or both eyes consistently turn in or out




Content source: Division of Birth Defects, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention