Your baby is now most likely sitting up and may even be beginning to crawl as she explores her environment at 7 months.
Your baby will be developing rapidly on all fronts now that she has formally entered the second part of her first year, including physically, emotionally, and cognitively. Your infant is probably sitting up by herself by this point and may even be starting to crawl so she can see her surroundings even more clearly.
Your 7-month-old can benefit from regular play by developing crucial skills and assisting her on her journey of discovery. Play is just as crucial to a baby’s development as sleep and a healthy diet are. In fact, according to experts, it’s the main way that kids explore and engage with their environment!
What should you be doing with a 7 month old?
By this age, most babies can roll over in both directions — even in their sleep. Some babies can sit on their own, while others need a little support. You might notice your baby beginning to scoot, rock back and forth, or even crawl across the room. Some babies this age can pull themselves to a standing position
How do I keep my 7 month old busy while working from home?
Stack plastic cups in different ways on the floor or arrange them in a circle around a baby who is pivoting in tummy time. Try ice cubes on a cookie sheet or muffin tin. If baby is a little older, add in a big kitchen spoon for scooping too – this usually keeps little hands busy for a while
Brain activities for 7 month old
7 Month Baby Activities to Speed-up Your Child’s Development
- Playing with Blocks. Does your baby like fiddling with objects? …
- The Family Picture Game. Is your baby a keen observer? …
- The Calling Game. …
- The Mirror Peek-a-boo Game. …
- The Food Tasting Game. …
- Puppet Game. …
- Follow The Rattle. …
- Rhyme Time.
What skills is your child developing at 7 months?
Though they shouldn’t be considered a strict schedule (all babies grow at slightly different paces), these markers can help serve as a guideline for pediatricians and parents to track a child’s progress in four important developmental categories: social and emotional, language and communication, cognition, and gross and fine motor skills.
Missing one — or even a few — of these markers shouldn’t be immediate cause for concern, but reach out to your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions.
Here’s a glimpse into what you can expect to see your baby accomplishing around the 7-month mark:
Social and emotional skills
- Knows familiar faces and begins to know if someone is a stranger
- Likes to play with others, especially parents and caregivers
- Enjoys looking at self in the mirror
- Responds to expressions of emotion
Language and communication skills
- Responds to sounds by making sounds
- Strings vowels together when babbling
- Starts to respond to her name
- Babbles a chain of consonant sounds
- Can find a partially hidden object
- Uses mouth and hands to explore objects
- Struggles to get objects that are out of reach
Gross and fine motor skills
- Can sit unassisted, with and without the support of hands
Best activities for a 7-month-old baby
So what can you do to encourage your baby as she explores those skills — and more? The following activities are great ways to engage your 7-month-old and help her master these milestones.
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Play peekaboo with a mirror
By now, your baby is probably no stranger to peekaboo. This classic game teaches children about object permanence, an important concept that helps your little one understand that you’re still there even when she can’t see you. Now that she’s a little older, you can put a fun spin on the game by incorporating a mirror.
Because your 7-month-old is likely fascinated by her own reflection, she’ll love this new twist on the game. To play, stand in front of a large mirror and readjust your body to cover certain objects, like a chair. Then say “Where’s the chair?” Move to uncover the chair and say “Peekaboo, there’s the chair!” You can also ask a second person to hide in and out of the reflection to add another element to the game.
Place items just out of reach
Although some babies start to crawl as early as 6 or 7 months, it’s more likely that your little one won’t master this skill until closer to the 9-month mark (other babies are late crawlers or never crawl at all, which is not a cause for concern). But you can encourage your child to start moving by placing objects just out of her reach.
At this age, your baby may be starting to show preference to certain toys or objects. Place an item she loves (such as a stuffed bear or favorite rattle) out of reach to motivate her to make movements towards it.
Bubbles are a fun way to stimulate your baby’s senses, promote smoother tracking of objects and develop her hand-eye coordination as she tries to reach out and touch the bubbles.
You don’t need much for this one — just a small container of baby-safe bubbles and a wand. Simply blow some bubbles in your baby’s direction. At first, she might just watch them float, but you can show her how tactile they can be by reaching out and popping a few yourself.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), young babies don’t need bath toys — the sensory experience of touching and splashing in the water is enough to entertain. But as your child gets a little older, you might consider adding a few water-safe toys to the mix to teach hand-eye coordination as well as fine motor skills like grabbing.
Colorful floating balls are a great choice: Your baby will learn all about cause and effect as the ball rolls away from her or splashes in the water. As always, supervise baby closely, and always be in arm’s reach during every single second of your baby’s bath.
Baby in the middle
Place a few of your baby’s favorite toys on the floor in a large circle, then position her in the middle, tummy down. Watch her move around and reach for various items.
You can get down on the floor with her and encourage her to interact with certain toys. This activity helps improve your baby’s core muscles (think of it as a more involved version of tummy time!) and helps her learn to coordinate multiple movements at once.Regardless of the activities you choose, the most important thing is to try to set aside time for play every day. But don’t put too much pressure on yourself. While the above activities are great ways to make playtime more enriching for your baby, simple activities — think talking, singing and reading — are some of the most important ways parents can engage with children of any age.