Baby Development – Your 8 Months Old Baby
Can you believe it – you now have an 8 months old baby and so much has happened since you brought her home from hospital. During this time, she will have grown and developed at an alarming rate. No baby is the same so don't worry if she hasn't reached the same stage as others her age – she'll do it in her own time. Here is what to expect from an 8 months old baby…
While your baby might be starting to experiment with vowels and consonants, such as “bababa” or even for some lucky parents “mama” and “dada”, she will be busy communicating in other ways like pointing, shaking her head or waving goodbye. Try asking questions to see if she understands, for example, saying “Where's daddy” and seeing if she looks over to him. Your baby should respond well to her own name.
Crawling is perhaps the most significant sign of baby development at this time and many do begin around now. Some babies might even be able to pull up to a standing position. However difficult it is, try to let them get on with it as much as possible before stepping in to help or avoid a fall so she can learn for herself.
It is typical for an 8 month old baby to start showing signs of separation anxiety. Show her you will be coming back by giving her a big hug, leaving the room and returning after a few moments. She will learn that you are not going anywhere. If your baby gets anxious about night time separations, spend some extra cuddle time reading, cuddling and softly singing together before bed.
She could start to show signs of empathy around now, for example, crying when she sees someone else crying.
One of the milestones to look out for in baby development is the pincer grip, when she is able to pick up a small object between thumb and first finger. This should be happening around about now. She might also be able to have control when she wants to open her hand and fingers, in other words, dropping and throwing things.
Invest in some books with pull-up flaps as she will become quite adept at lifting the flap to see what is underneath. Building is a favourite for an 8 months old baby and she will love to stack bricks or cups into a tower. 'Put-in' and 'take-out' toys are great at this age. A good idea is to fill a container with different objects, such as an old mobile phone, a rubber duck or a rattle and help her take out, explore the objects then put them back again. If she is on the move, create an obstacle course of cushions and encourage her to climb over them. This helps with body strength, balance and coordination in baby development.
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