What to expect of a 8 month old
Baby may notice when something new is put in his room. Baby remembers what the whole room looks like, so he sees the new item right away. Try it!
Does baby move toward the door before Daddy walks through? Does baby drop a toy and cover her ears, waiting for the thud? Her mind is developing.
Baby may sit up on her own for longer periods. Baby can reach for things without falling because she doesn't need to prop herself up with her hands. Baby's neck and back are getting stronger, so she sits up straighter, too.
Is your baby crawling? If not, he probably will soon. Some babies never crawl. They scoot on their bottoms or roll. Then, they walk when they're ready. Is your baby like that? Some of the major milestones for the 8 month old include:
- Crawling backward and forward on stomach.
- Babbling and recognizing some words.
- Loving to imitate people they know.
- Being very curious, and exploring everything.
- Being frightened by new experiences, new people, and being upset when left behind. You can help baby learn by:
- Reading books to baby. Point out pictures.
- Hiding a small toy under a cup or cloth for baby to find.
- Taking baby for a walk outside to see leaves and flowers, icicles, or snowmen.