Baby Development in the 7th Month

Overview

At 7 months old, a baby begins to babble, learns to crawl and shows an increase in curiosity. Parents can play a significant role in encouraging and stimulating their child’s language, motor skills and intellectual development. As the baby’s curiosity increases, so does her ability to move independently by scooting or crawling and to explore cause and effect in play, particularly with toys.

Language

Babbling is the language of a 7-month-old baby. Some babies begin babbling as early as 5 or 6 months. Babbling is the first step your baby takes when learning to talk. Although no words are recognized, sounds such as duh, ba and na, along with sounds of the letters m, p, b, t and n are somewhat like words. Your baby may not really understand that he can communicate with you and cause something to happen. That’s why it is important to interpret for him, such as when he reaches for a toy while babbling a sound, for example, “uh, uh.” You can interpret the action by saying, “Oh, you want your rattle.” Using this time for you and your baby to play with toys increases his attention, which is vital for learning language.

Movement

Crawling is a skill that has to be encouraged. This is not only good exercise for your baby but also promotes development of the sensory/motor systems. Initially, your baby will just scoot along, move backwards and/or pull himself up with just his arms. However, crawling can be encouraged by placing toys in sight while on the floor and/or laying him on his stomach when placed on the floor. Crawling is a good way for a baby to strengthen muscles as he bears weight on his hands and knees, shifts weight and coordinates the two sides of his body.

Intellectual Development

At 7 months a baby notices what happens when he throws, drops, shakes and bangs an object. When starting to crawl, your baby will spend a lot of time looking for fun things to learn about, touch and play with. Babies at this age also seek the sources of sounds. As the brain develops and becomes more complex, a baby’s experience with events and objects causes connections between nerve cells to increase and become better coordinated. Messages move more easily along nerve pathways that have been used regularly.

Milestones

At 7 months babies display an array of developments like sitting without support, dragging objects toward themselves, crawling and/or lunging forward, babbling, waving goodbye, banging toys together, starting to experience stranger anxiety and playing patty-cake.

Making a Safe Home

Because your baby is moving around, it is important to keep a safe environment. Safety-proofing your home is vitally important as your child becomes more mobile. Parents should make sure that rooms allow for free passage, electrical sockets are plugged with socket protectors, electrical cords and lamps are out of the child’s reach, windows are securely closed, screens are appropriately attached and floors are sturdy and secure. Parents may even want to crawl around the rooms themselves to see what their baby will experience.

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