Important Milestones: By the End of 7 Months
What is happening with your child when he or she is seven months old? Is your child responding to facial expressions? Can your child roll both ways? Use the “Important Milestones: By the End of Seven Months" part of the Centers for Disease Control's "Learn the Signs. Act Early” campaign to find out what usually happens when a child is seven months old. You can also use the information in the fact sheet to talk to your child's doctor about growth and development milestones.
The following fact sheet is provided courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control’s "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Campaign.
Babies 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 baby's development takes a slightly different course.
- Enjoys social play
- Interested in mirror images
- Responds to other people's expressions of emotion and appears joyful often
- Finds partially hidden object
- Explores with hands and mouth
- Struggles to get objects that are out of reach
- 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
- 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
- Develops full color vision
- Distance vision matures
- Ability to track moving objects improves
From Caring for your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, by Steven Shelov, Robert E. Hannermann, © 1991, 1993, 1998, 2004 by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Used by permission of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
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"Important Milestones: By the End of 7 Months." Learn the Signs. Act Early. DHHS/CDC. 2005. English. [PDF, 141KB]
Last Reviewed: December 2010
Last Updated: September 5, 2014