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"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."

"If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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7 - 8 MONTHS

   -   Sits alone steadily with legs out front.
   -   May be crawling or attempting to crawl.
   -   Muscles in back, neck and hips grow in strength.
   -   May stand up leaning against something leaving hands free.
   -   Loves to play with his toes. Reaches for feet with both hands.
   -   Still reaches for objects with fingers overextended.
   -   Loves to bang objects to see the effects on the object. Can bang two objects together. Still chews, mouths and shakes objects.
   -   Uses either hand indiscriminately.
   -   Develops throwing as a controlled motion from hand and arm. Throws objects repeatedly. Is exploring the concept of cause and effect such as a noise or mirror image or dropped object.
   -   Notices objects with his eyes and may point to things he wants.
   -   Pays greater attention to detail now.
   -   Studies faces for comparison and contrast.
   -   Babbles and expects verbal answers from other people. May imitate noises for toys such as “rrrrrrrrmmmmm” for a truck.
   -   Loves listening to simple books. Enjoys helping to turn pages.
   -   Is developing favorite music. May rock and bounce while sitting and listening to a favorite/familiar song.
   -   Expresses (Separation Anxiety) by becoming nervous, bashful, turning away, whining and crying.
   -   Likes to hear parents.
   -   May try to kiss mirror image and parents.
   -   Is emotionally unstable. Goes from laughing to crying easily. Expresses frustration and anger.
   -   Has no awareness of danger. May crawl right off the edge of the sofa or bed.
   -   May have difficulty sleeping now. He may pull himself up and stand in the crib or push up to sitting position. May also be experiencing separation anxiety while waking at night.
   -   May be teething.

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