8 Month Old Baby

8 Month Old Baby

Your 8 month old baby will often make you hold your breath. At this age, babies are not only mastering crawling, bottom shuffling, rolling over and sliding on the tummy to move around but may also try pulling themselves into a standing position by holding onto furniture, while some may even start “cruising“ (moving around while holding on). For that reason you can expect some bumps and falls because you will not be able to prevent your baby from falling all the time nor should you. It is completely normal wanting to protect your 8 months old baby from landing on his or her bottom but it is crucial to allow him or her to try on his or her own if you want your baby to develop physical skills which are crucial for the next major milestone – unassisted walking. Some babies make their first steps as early as 9 months of age but the others do not start walking unassisted by the age of 18 months. So do not worry if your baby does not seem to be close to this developmental milestone at the age of 8 months.

What To Expect:
You will probably notice that your 8 months old baby masters the so-called pincer grasp – picking up small objects with the thumb and forefinger enabling him or her to pick up smaller pieces of food and feed on his or her own. Now it is a good time to introduce finger foods to encourage independence in eating and promote healthy eating habits. Be sure, however, not to give your baby any foods that may pose a choking hazard such as nuts, dried fruits, hard pieces of fruits and vegetables, seeds, berries, grapes, etc. When babies learn to master pincer grasp, they seem to enjoy dropping things and watching you picking them up. They do not do it to annoy you but because they enjoy watching the effect of the object falling to the ground over and over again. At the age of 8 months, your baby will start connecting words with objects and meanings but he or she is able to understand only a few words. At this age, babies start to make more elaborate sounds but the main mean of communication and expressing themselves remains body language and a few sounds that can be deciphered only by their parents.

What You Need To Know:
When your baby is 8 months old, you should check your home whether it is really childproof and make improvements if necessary. Be sure to pay attention to your baby’s height because he or she will be able to reach higher when starting to pull himself or herself into a standing position. If your baby has separation anxiety, hang in there because there is not much you can do about it at this stage except to wait for it to pass. It takes some time for babies to figure out that you will return.

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