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8 month old baby development

An eight-month-old baby is a busy baby, by now she will be practising the skills she has already mastered and will be keen to learn more. Here's what else you can expect:

Play will be much more fun now with her improved dexterity and she will have a greater ability to focus.

Her time will be spent exploring, discovering, learning and laughing. Your baby will be experimenting with vowels and consonants and could even be stringing together words. If you are lucky, by the end of this month you might even be hearing the words you have been waiting for - "mama" and "dada".

Comprehension is still limited, although she could begin to pick up the meaning of a few words, such as the all-important "no".

At this age, babies also tend to gravitate toward stuffed animals and one will probably soon emerge as the favourite security toy.

When adding new members to your soft toy collection, look for soft, well-stitched stuffed toys that can be washed as removing the item from her grasp might be harder than you expect.

Other good toys include balls, nesting cylinders, pop-up toys and large dolls. Typically, at this age, most babies are showing signs of separation anxiety. She might start to be shy around strangers and become upset when you are out of sight.

When you leave your baby, hug and reassure her that you will be back. If your baby gets anxious about night time separations, spend some extra cuddle time reading, snuggling and softly singing together before you put her to bed.

Your baby's emotions are developing more obviously now and she might even be able to throw a kiss to familiar people.

From now on, your child will be assessing and imitating moods and over the next few months might show the first stirrings of empathy by, for example, crying when she sees someone crying.

Her vision is now almost as it is in adulthood although short-range sight is still better than long-range. However, her vision is good enough to recognise people and objects across the room.

Your baby at eight months

She should be able to:

  • Say "dada" and "mama" to both parents (not necessarily the right one)
  • Begin to crawl
  • Pass an object from one hand to the other
  • Look for a dropped object

She will probably be able to:

  • Stand while holding onto someone or something
  • Crawl well
  • Object if you take a toy away
  • Bang objects together
  • Work to get to toys out of reach
  • Play peek-a-boo
  • Get into a sitting position from her stomach

She may possibly be able to:

  • Point at objects
  • Pull herself into a standing position and walk holding onto furniture
  • Pick things up with thumb-finger pincer grasp
  • Indicate what she wants using gestures
  • Understand "no" but not always obey it
  • Wave goodbye
  • Stand alone temporarily

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