Stages of Development – 7-9 Months

Motor Milestones

  • Sits without support
  • Sits and reaches for toys without falling
  • Moves from tummy or back into sitting
  • Starts to move with alternate leg and arm movement e.g. creeping, crawling
  • Picks up head and pushes through elbows while in prone
  • Turns head to visually track objects while sitting
  • Shows more control while rolling and sitting
  • Picks up small objects with thumbs and fingers
  • In simple play imitates others

Communication Milestones

  • Recognizes sound of name
  • Participates in two-way communication
  • Simple gestures, e.g. shaking head for “no”
  • Imitates sounds

Sensory Milestones

  • Enjoys a variety of movements – bouncing up and down, rocking back and forth
  • Explores and examines an object using both hands and mouth
  • Turns several pages of a chunky (board) book at once
  • Experiments with the amount of force needed to pick up different objects
  • Focuses on objects near and far
  • Investigates shapes, sizes, and textures of toys and surroundings
  • Observes environment from a variety of positions – while lying in supine or prone, sitting, crawling, and standing with assistance

Feeding Milestones

  • In a high chair, holds and drinks from a bottle
  • Emerging tongue lateralization
  • Munching (up/down jaw movement) and gnawing begins
  • Lip closure supports movement of bolus to back of the mouth for swallowing
  • Tolerates stage 2 purees and mashed table foods
  • Tolerates eating puffs and teething crackers
  • Shows strong reaction to new smells and tastes

Red Flags

  • Uses one hand predominately
  • Rounded back when sitting, inability to straighten back
  • Poor use of arms in sitting
  • Difficulty crawling
  • Cannot take weight on legs
  • Does not transfer toys from one hand to the other
  • Does not enjoy playing with toys of varied textures
  • Does not enjoy playing with musical toys
  • Is not interested in playing with colorful objects
  • Does not move to explore environment when placed on the floor
  • Does not enjoy different types of movement such as being swung
  • Seems fearful of everyday sounds
  • Is not interested in interacting with others

  • Does not maintain eye contact during playful interaction

  • Unresponsive to sounds or voices

  • Does not babble

  • Does not respond to own name

  • Unable to latch on while nursing or bottle feeding

  • Does not hold own bottle during feeding

  • Gags or vomits during feeding of purees

  • Fatigues during feeding/feeding takes an excessive amount of time

  • Avoids getting messy during mealtimes

  • Drools excessively