Your precious baby is seven months old already and you have seen amazing growth and development for the last six months. Just wait, the best is yet to come. Read below for what typically happens in the next six months and as always, if you have any concerns regarding your baby's development, see your doctor.
At seven months, your baby begins to respond to her name. She uses her voice to display joy and displeasure. She can find objects that are partially hidden and explores with hands and mouth. She can drag objects towards herself. She may start crawling, which can occur from 6-10 months of age. She jabbers and combines syllables and enjoys social play.
At eight months, your baby can say "mama" and "dada" to both parents though is not specific to each as yet. He can stand with support or holding onto something and crawls. He can point to objects and turns away when finished eating.
At nine months, your baby begins "cruising" along furniture. She can drink from a sippy cup and begins to eat with fingers. She can bang objects together. She may display separation and stranger anxiety. And, she can combine syllables into word-like sounds.
At ten months, your baby waves goodbye. He can eat well with fingers and can pick up objects with a pincer grasp. He begins to understand the word "NO". Says "mama" and "dada" to the correct parent. And he can stand alone momentarily.
At eleven months, your baby can play patty-cake and peek-a-boo. She begins to imitate others. She can stand alone for a couple of seconds and cruises. She can clap hands and put toys into containers. She indicates what she wants with gestures other than crying. She can understand simple instructions.
At twelve months, your baby can say one word other than "mama" and "dada" He imitates others sounds and activities. He can pull off his socks. He stands well and may begin to walk. He uses exclamations like "Uh-oh!" He begins to use objects correctly.
You have just experienced a year of wonderment! This baby has grown from a small, helpless bundle to a little person who talks and walks, and has their own personality. Watching this is one of life's most precious gifts.
Remember, parents are their child's first teacher so spend time with your baby, talking, playing, and loving. And most of all, enjoying!
For parents who would like to learn more about developmental milestones, check out your local libraries in Vineland and Millville. There are many books on child development and growth, with new ones coming in all the time. Another great resource for child development books is Bogart's Books, in downtown Millville, in the great art district!