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At Seven & Eight Months, Your Child will Likely…

Physical Development:

  • Reaches for cup or spoon when being fed.
  • Drinks from a cup with help.
  • Enjoys some finely-chopped solid foods.
  • Closes mouth firmly or turns head when no longer hungry.
  • May sleep 11 to 13 hours at night.
  • Needs 2 to 3 naps a day.
  • Develops a rhythm for feeding, eliminating and sleeping.
  • True eye color is established.
  • Sits alone without support.
  • Can "rake" objects with hand.
  • Transfers objects from one hand to another.
  • Hair growth begins to cover head.

Social & Emotional Development:

  • Responds to own name.
  • Recognizes family member's names.
  • Responds differently to family and strangers.
  • Distressed if a toy is taken away.
  • Shows fear of falling off high places (table, stairs).
  • Shows mild to severe anxiety at separation from parent.
  • Imitates sounds, actions and facial expressions.
  • Raises arms as a sign to be held.
  • Likes to be tickled and touched.

Intellectual Development:

  • Learns by using all five senses.
  • Makes noises to show displeasure or satisfaction.
  • Focuses eyes on small objects and reaches for them.
  • Enjoys dropping objects over edge of chair or crib.
  • Looks for a ball rolled out of sight.
  • Babbles as if talking.

Delevopmental milestones associated with feeding:

  • Refuses food by keeping lips closed: has taste preferences.
  • Holds a spoon and plays with it during feeding.
  • May drink from a straw.
  • Drinks from a cup with assistance.

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  • Social & Emotional Developmentment
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Health & Physical Development
  • Language & Literacy Development
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Creative Arts

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