Month 6 and 7 are big months for your baby's development.
They grasp objects with more confidence, they can start to sit by themselves for short periods of time. This is the perfect time to start playing stacking games with your baby, introduce baby blocks and play hide and show games with a cloth and your baby's favourite toy.
Your baby is still going after objects but chances are that now he actually gets them.
Grasps objects deliberately
Your baby has discovered the fun of splashing water
Babies love playing with paper - crumbling, tearing etc. This is great exercise for those little hands
By now your baby would have lost the grasp reflex and will reach and hold a rattle by himself (given that the rattle is a rather large object.) At first babies will grasp toys with a wide open hand, palm down and curling fingers around the object (like curling fingers into their palm). This awkward grasp is known as the palmer grasp, which makes it difficult to hold on to and manipulate the object
Your baby is holding his/her head steady (no more flopping). Your little one will get accomplished at push-ups this month. This means that when on her tummy, she will be able to support her head, chest and abdomen off the floor on her hands and also be able to hold her head up and look forward while in this position. The more adventurous babies may even try to take their weight on one hand.
Your baby can sit supported by cushions for a few minutes Your baby can sit up unaided only for a few seconds while supporting herself with hands between the legs
Enjoys vocal play
Between 6 and 9 months of age, synapses grow rapidly. Babies become adept at recognizing the appearance, sound, and touch of familiar people. Also, babies are able to recall the memory of a person, like a parent, or object when that person or object is not present and realizing that an object still exists even though he/she can´t see it. This cognitive skill is called object permanence
At this point babies reach for objects quickly, without jerkiness. A baby may be able to feed themselves a cracker or similar food (safe for baby of course). Infants of this age try to get objects within their reach and objects out of their reach. Many infants are also able to look from hand to object, to hold one object while looking for a second object, and to follow the movements of their hands with their eyes. Transfers objects from one hand to the other.
Babies can typically hold on to a small block briefly at this age and this is a great time to start playing with stacking and nesting toys with your baby. Some of the baby blocks also include fun features for exploring and sensory stimulation.
Although babies still have a clumsy grasp, they have acquired a fascination with grabbing small objects and trying to put them in their mouths. At first, babies will indiscriminately try to grasp things that cannot be grasped, such as pictures in a book, as well as those that can, such as a rattle or ball.
Your baby may be holding his/her bottle
Your baby is pulling him/herself up to sit and sits erect with supports and rolls over from tummy to back.
Your baby will discover his/her feet and toes this month and may try to pull them into the mouth
Your baby will try to take all her weight when you stand her up in your lap but her knees may still sag. Your baby bounces up and down in your lap, flexing and extending her legs Your baby may get the hang of taking turns in conversation
Your baby may start to make a nasal sound for the first time. Your baby will start to join consonants and vows together i.e. "ka", "da". Don’t be surprised if your baby start initiating conversations instead of waiting for you!
Baby may start to try and imitate sounds you make especially animal sounds. Your baby is making chewing movements with his gums - this not only allows him to eat solids but is also important for making your baby aware of his mouth, assisting in speech development
Your baby is able to identify the location or origin of a detected sound 18 inches away from either ear
Be prepared - your friendly outgoing baby may start to show ´stranger shyness´ towards the end of the month, burying her head in your chest if someone she doesn't know speaks to her or you. Your baby may start crying if strangers pick her up – also a result of stranger shyness.
Your baby is starting to show love for the first time and would want to touch you a lot. Since she hasn't developed refined movements yet the touching may be more like rough patting. Your baby recognize other babies and will try to touch them Your baby is very sociable and loves interacting with you with smiles, squeals, coughs, cries and frowns. Your baby knows his/her name and may start responding to it. Your baby may start talking to the reflection in the mirror as if it is another baby
Your baby is curious as to where objects go after it has been dropped and may start looking for her rattle after it has been dropped. Your baby loves Peekaboo games and your baby´s memory is improving. You may notice your baby anticipating the actions of a game that you have repeated over and over. Your baby may start to copy you like sticking out his tongue when you have done so.
Your baby is starting to look and find articles that are partly hidden (i.e. toy under a cloth). Your baby won´t start looking for something he can't see yet - that will come in a month or two and will only happen once he has a firm grasp on object permanence.