Peek-a-Boo! Where Are You?
Your baby’s brain grows and develops amazingly fast in the first year of life. Every day baby is soaking up new information — learning how to play games, anticipating what will happen next, watching you and copying your movements and sounds.
Remember: Babies grow and develop at their own pace, and you should ask your child’s doctor if you have questions or concerns.
7 Month Milestones
Look what I can do …
- Respond to sounds by making sounds
- Babble with vowel sounds “ah,” “eh,” “oh” and consonant sounds “m” and b”
- Enjoy looking at myself in the mirror
- Reach for things with a sweeping motion
- Sit up without using my hands for balance (give me a high five!)
How You Can Help
- Play peek-a-boo. Perhaps you’ve been playing peek-a-boo since day one — and at this stage, baby may be ready to take “peek-a-boo” to the next level! Hide behind blankets and duck out of sight, or show baby how his favorite stuffed animal can play peek-a-boo, too. If you give baby a blanket to play with, he may “hide” and surprise you.
- Read books every day. Point to objects in the book and name them as you read each page. Pointing to objects helps baby connect words and pictures, and eventually he will start pointing to objects and making his own “words” to describe them. At this age, baby may put everything in his mouth, including books! He may enjoy books that are safe for teething, with fun textures and fabrics that are OK for baby to chew on.
- Talk to baby like she’s all grown up. There’s definitely time for cuddles and baby talk, but keep in mind that baby is learning language by listening to your words. Talk to her about the things you’re going to do together, the places you’ll go and what’s for dinner. You don’t need to speak slowly or loudly; baby will watch your mouth and listen carefully to your everyday speech. You’ll be amazed by how quickly she starts repeating sounds and words!
- Play with toys that move. When baby is sitting upright, you can roll a ball or a car to him, and he may bat or swat at it.
Keeping Up with Baby
Baby is working on new skills every day. As a parent, you are also constantly adapting in order to keep up with baby! If you need advice and support, join a parenting group or check in with your child’s doctor.
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