Pediatrics Question #38


Which gross motor skill(s) should a 7-month-old infant complete successfully? (Select all that apply.)


  1. Changes position from lying down to sitting.
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  2. Pulls self-up to stand from sitting position.
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  3. Sits down using hands to support themselves.
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  4. Stands on feet with minimal support.
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  5. Takes steps while holding onto furniture.
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The correct answers are C and D. Sitting independently is a skill that many babies master between 7 to 9 months of age. They may experiment with pushing themselves into a tripod position being supported by one or both hands on the floor. At 7 months the infant has developed enough support to maintain a standing position for at least 5 seconds with assistance, they will begin to bounce while they’re standing. The child has not developed physically at 7 months to be able to take steps while holding onto furniture. Most infants will need to be pulled up into a sitting position by a grown-up until around month 11. Most infants are able to pull themselves up to a standing position from sitting between 8 to 10 months

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