Your baby is getting better at using her hands. He/she will probably learn to feed herself slowly and drink from her sippers. He/she will also be able to clap and may clap along when you sing to her. Never mind if you are out of tune!
He/she is learning to get around. He/she can now sit on her own and reach for her toys. He/she has learnt to roll, crawl, creep and even make a dash. That will make her playtime a lot more independent than in the past months.
He/she is also probably strong enough to hold herself up on her legs while supported. Help her practices this skill. It will strengthen her leg muscles and help her get ready for walking.
Her motor skills are expected to improve, which means he/she will be getting better at grasping, moving and manipulating objects with her hands and fingers. He/she may be able to pick up a toy with one hand and transfer it to the other hand easily.
To develop her motor skills, you can place a toy out of her reach and watch her try to get it. Encourage her to pick it up, but don’t give it to her. By this, he/she will become physically confident more quickly.
Your baby may have already started teething. Once he/she starts teething, you can expect her to put objects in her mouth and gnaw away at them. He/she might drool a lot as he/she tries to adjust to the arrival of her new teeth.
By the age of seven months, he/she should have already started to eat solid foods. Now you can introduce her to mashed fruits and vegetables. This will help her learn how to chew.
He/she will be able to understand the meaning of language. He/she should be able to respond when you say “no”. You should also get a response – at least a head turn—whenever you call out her name. He/she will also be able to communicate vocally through a lot of different sounds. Repetitive consonants such as “ba-ba” or “ma-ma” may be her first words.
Her memory has developed significantly. He/she now realises that people and objects still exist, even when they are out of sight. He/she may have separation anxiety, crying and clinging to you whenever you try to leave. This may become an issue at this age. You need to deal with by making its as less traumatic as you can.