Developmental milestones for Infants by months : Social Development

Developmental milestones for Infants by months

Infant Milestones 7th Month

As you learn what milestones your baby is likely to achieve this year, keep in mind that this is only a guideline. Each child is unique and develops at her own pace. There's a wide range of what's considered normal, and you probably don't need to be concerned unless you notice one of the red flags described below.

1 month


The first days with your baby can be a blur of feeding, changing diapers, settling her to sleep, and responding to her wails. But within a few weeks, she'll start to take more notice of your voice, face, and touch.

Your baby can't focus farther than 8 to 12 inches away – just the right distance for her to gaze at your face. Black-and-white patterns also draw her attention. Her hearing is fully developed and she might turn toward familiar sounds, such as your voice.

She can lift her head briefly and turn it to the side when she's on her stomach, but when she's upright her head and neck still need support. Although her arms move jerkily, she can get her hands close to her mouth.

Your role

Enjoy getting to know your baby: Cuddle her, talk to her, and learn how she signals when she's sleepy or hungry. Be attentive and responsive. You can't spoil a baby!

Make sure she gets plenty of time outside. Go for walks with her and take her to the park or playground. She'll enjoy the outdoors, relaxing with you, and being around other children.

Get close and make eye contact with your baby when you talk, sing, and read to her. Play simple games when she's alert and in the mood, such as peekaboo or mimicking her sounds. Learn the signs that she's had enough play and needs some down time.

Red flags

Each child develops at her own pace, but talk to your baby's doctor if your 1-month-old:

  • Feeds slowly or doesn't suck well
  • Doesn't seem to focus her eyes or watch things moving nearby
  • Doesn't react to bright lights
  • Seems especially stiff or floppy
  • Doesn't respond to loud sounds

3 months

By now, you're basking in the warmth of your baby's delighted smiles! He actively enjoys playtime now, amusing you both when he imitates your facial expressions. He's starting to babble and mimic the sounds you make.

You no longer need to support his head. When he's on his stomach, he can lift his head and chest, and even do the mini-pushups that set the stage for rolling over. He can open and close his hands, shake toys, swat at dangling objects, bring his hands to his mouth, and push down with his legs if you hold him in a standing position.

Don't worry about spoiling your baby: Responding to him promptly helps him feel secure and loved. You can help him learn to soothe himself by guiding his thumb to his mouth or offering him a pacifier.

Continue to make tummy time part of his daily routine so he can practice his new skills and strengthen his muscles. When he's on his tummy, give him toys and safe objects he can reach for, hold, and explore.

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by onepointfive

I too had a complicated pregnancy (because of ruptured membranes). I was on bed rest and actually induced at 34 weeks. My situation was totally different from yours because ruptured membranes increases the risk for infection but by 34 weeks the risk of prematurity is outweighed by the risk of infection.
Now, since you have preterm labor and not preterm premature rupture, you are not at risk for infection.
My baby was born at 34 weeks 4 days and is now 4 months old. He is very healthy, spunky, and charming and is making his developmental milestones on time. Now having said that, he did spend 5 days in the NICU (4 with external respiratory support - called CPAP) and a total of three weeks in the hospital

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