Babies really are fast growing! And in 8 months, they have already developed a lot of new skills! They begin to interact with her surroundings more, and they also begin to depend on you more (or other caregivers) and develop a sense of permanence. If you want to know more about them, continue reading below!
8-Month Old Milestones:
- An 8 month old baby usually learns how to crawl by now. You should always keep an eye on her since there are a lot of things that can catch her attention. A baby gate is crucial once they start crawling, even when they being to roll sometimes. Some babies might even be able to stand up, holding on objects to support their weak muscles.
- They can sit properly without any support.
- They can also start to recognize their own name and respond when being called.
- They begin to grab things and start putting them in their mouths. Always avoid putting small objects within her reach to avoid choking. Instead, try some of these larger, favorite baby toys.
- Babies can also begin to play with objects, or even bang them together.
- Reaching for the spoon whenever you try to feed them is also common. And when they’re finished eating, they tend to turn away. Here is a typical 8 month old feeding chart.
- They may now begin to say “mama” or “dada”, but not specifically.
- Other babies might also know how to wave goodbye by now.
- They might even understand the word “no” but they usually do not obey it.
- They also begin to have a sense of permanence – the knowledge of your existence even if you’re not around. They usually get disturbed whenever you try to leave them. This might be very unsettling and can last for about a year or two.
If you haven’t noticed these developments on your 8 months old baby, you should really not panic. Some babies develop faster than others so if your baby’s developments are a little bit late, it’s not really a problem. Here are some more common milestones for 8 month old babies. However, if you’ve noticed some other differences in your baby’s activities such as inability to laugh or they tend to become less active, you should contact your doctor. It is very important that you see their pediatrician to know their developments.