The First Year: 7 Month Milestones

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Updated on May 25, 2012

As the parent to a bouncing 7-month-old, your schedule probably just got a little more hectic. Where it was once all about multiple naps during the day, you're probably more focused on making sure your little one stays put for more than five minutes. That's because your little Curious George is getting more mobile by the day, along with other developmental changes that mean your life just got a lot more interesting. Get prepped and ready for the new stuff you'll be dealing with this month.

Loves to Play. Your little one is now interested in objects and their relationships with each other. For instance, if you hide a rattle or small toy under a blanket, she'll probably pick up the blanket because she understands that it's hiding what she wants. She'll also show more interest in board books with tons of colors, shapes, and textures.

  • Read with your baby, even if she's too young to "get" the storyline. Pediatrician Dr. Tisa Johnson-Hooper points out that it's the perfect time to bond with your budding reader. "Snuggle with baby and read aloud to her. Share books with baby by letting baby taste and hold the books," she suggests. "Name and point to the pictures, and help baby turn the pages of the book."
  • Get ready to play endless games of peekaboo! Hidden item activities are your baby's favorite, because she finally has the skills to manipulate objects or understand how you're hiding your face with your hands. Get older siblings to play along; they'll love finally getting to interact with the family's newest addition.
  • Since your child's beginning to understand how objects relate to each other, she'll likely start grouping and stacking her playthings. If she's hypnotized by a mirror, jump into the frame behind her. Your baby will spin instinctively to look at you, instead of mistaking your reflection for her mama.

Starts to Crawl. Your little one loves to roll, but is constantly looking for other ways to move around. Don't worry if she's not crawling yet; barring any developmental issues, she'll start army crawling on her belly soon. If your little one has already graduated to getting around on her hands and knees, you'll need to get down on the floor too. Survey your space and make sure electrical outlets, choking hazards, and cords are all out of sight from your curious little one.

  • If she's not crawling just yet, place your babe on the floor on her belly and then set down toys that are just out of her reach. She'll reach out first, then probably scoot on her belly, which helps build the muscles necessary for crawling.
  • Time for babyproofing! Besides the outlets and computer cords, it's a good idea to install stair gates at the base and top of each of your stairways.

No Means No. Your baby Einstein is quickly learning more and more about communication. Not only will she start responding to her own name, but she'll also begin reacting to the word "no". That's great, because if she's mobile, you'll probably be uttering that word more often!

  • Try baby sign language to help your little one communicate. She won't be able to mimic the signs just yet, but making a sign when you say certain key words, like milk or no, can help lay a foundation for when your little learner's ready to try the signs herself.
  • Use no sparingly. If you want your baby to both understand and learn to respect the word no, only use it when your she's doing something that could be dangerous. That way, your child learns to listen as well as understand what you're saying.
  • Call out to your baby—you may be surprised at her reaction! Not only does your tiny tot know when you're talking about her, she can identify your emotions by the tone you use. This will prompt her to answer back with her own peals of laughter or grunts of displeasure.
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