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child"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."

"If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

7 months of age

6 - 7 MONTHS

   -   Rests on elbows.
   -   May sit alone for up to 30 seconds leaving hands free for other activity.
   -   Continues to use motions leading to crawling like creeping backwards or forward.
   -   Makes jumping motions when held in standing position.
   -   Reaches with one hand
   -   Bats and grasps dangling objects
   -   Holds objects between thumb and forefinger and learns controlled release. (Puts objects down in a specific place).
   -   Passes objects from one hand to the other and holds two objects, one in each hand.
   -   Adores playing with balls, rattles, and splashing in the bath tub.
   -   Usually sleeps through the night
   -   Usually begins teething.
   -   May prefer some foods to others.
   -   May enjoy playing with food.
   -   Babbles and squeals using single syllables. Loves to jabber.
   -   Recognizes a familiar toy if all but a small part is covered up.
   -   Does not realize a completely covered up object is still there (object permanence).
   -   Searches the floor for a dropped object.
   -   May recognize own name
   -   Is realizing the meaning of "NO!" by your tone and actions.
   -   May show sharp mood changes and begins to show a sense of humor.
   -   Displays especially strong attachment to mother.
   -   Develops deeper attachment to father, siblings and other familiar people.
   -   Distinguishes children from adults.
   -   Smiles at other children. Smiles and pats at mirror image.
   -   May show fear of strangers.(Separation Anxiety)
   -   Cuddles at bedtime to help him relax after a busy day of exploration.
   -   Loves games like peek-a-boo, patty-cake and fetch.

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