Pregnancy week by week



Eight months


Curiosity is the focus this month. In the sake of discovery your little one may empty drawers, unroll paper towels, tear up magazines, unfold laundry, attempt to remove your nose and eyes. Your eight month old will be able to grasp larger objects and pass them from one hand to another. Stranger anxiety is an important developmental milestone this month indicating that he is gaining a sense of himself and others.

As your baby’s coordination is rapidly improving, he may even be starting to crawl. Babies often start off with a “commando” crawling technique as, at first, they are not strong enough to support their weight on their arms. “Bear crawling” on their hands and feet often comes next when they are able to drop down on to their knees. Some babies avoid crawling altogether by bottom shuffling. This technique has the advantage of being able to take toys with them
. Here is what more you can expect your eight month old to do:

Social and Emotional development
  • Chews on objects

  • Reaches for utensils when being fed

  • Turns head away when finished eating

  • Has different reactions for different family members

  • May protest at being separated

Language and Communication Skills
  • Has specific cries for various needs

  • Babbles enthusiastically

  • Listens selectively to familiar words

  • Begins combining syllables like “ma-ma” “ba-ba” “da-da” but does not attach a meaning

  • Imitates a lot more sounds and develop quite a broad and varied range of vocalizations.

Cognitive skills
  • Tests gravity by dropping objects over edge of high chair

  • Uses hands to explore textures by patting, stroking and touching

  • Picks up objects using index, fourth, and fifth finger against thumb

  • Able to release objects

  • Pulls string to obtain object

  • Bangs two cubes

  • Responds to “No”

  • Looks for dropped toy

Physical development
  • Rolls all the way around

  • Can throw and drop objects

  • Thumb-finger grasp (able to explore small objects)

  • Sits without support

  • Reaches persistently for toys out of reach

  • Gets on arms and knees in crawling position

  • May begin crawling, at times pushing themselves backwards at first.

  • Bears weight on legs and may stand holding on to furniture

  • Adjusts posture to reach an object, e.g. leans forward to reach

  • Dislikes diaper change and being dressed

Recommended activities
  • Stimulate his fine motor skills and coordination by providing small, safe objects to pick up. Plastic measuring spoons or small cups work well.

  • Try giving him baby toys that fit inside one another like pots and pans to stimulate his sense of space.

  • Try asking him “where’s your nose?” and pointing to his nose. As you repeat the game, adding body parts, it teaches him meaning of words.

  • Get him moving by placing him on his tummy. Then put a toy on the floor and encourage him to reach for it. Because babies this age put mostly everything in their mouths, be sure toys are big enough.
Babies grow and develop at different rates. The information above is offered as a guide. There is no need to expect your baby's development to fit with all the above descriptions. If you’re at all worried about your baby's development, it is best to speak with your doctor.



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