8 Month Old Baby Milestones – What Are They and How You Can Help

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Written by Aparna Hari

Aparna Hari

8 Month Old Baby Milestones

So, your baby is 8 months old, growing at a pace that’s a little too fast for your liking. In a few months, your baby will graduate into a toddler and start doing many things independently. The more help you provide to your 8 month baby from this stage on, the quicker they will learn to achieve the milestones. They are like a sponge ready to absorb everything.

At their 8th month, you will find that your baby is suddenly expressing more emotions and mimicking a grown-up in their behavior. They are babbling more, expressing more, trying to crap, crawl, and even in some cases pulling up to standing position using whatever object they can find to support them.

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Important Milestones You Can Expect From an 8 Month Old Baby

Here are some major milestones you can observe in babies during their 8th month.

1. Hearing Development

Your baby starts understanding more words and can respond to them. They can track the source of the sound and follow it too.

2. Vision Development

Babies can find items that are hidden. With improved hand-eye coordination, they can play and eat more independently.

3. Development of Smell

Their sense of smell is well-developed.

4. Development of Taste

Babies start preferring certain tastes. They might become partial towards one type of food or flavor profile and ask for the same.

5. Development of Touch

You will observe your baby starting to respond when you touch them. They will try to call you by touching or tugging at you too.

6. Fine Motor Skill Development

Their fingers are stronger, and their pincer grip is improving. Babies will get better at taking small pieces of food from the plate and eating themselves. They even use this grip while playing.

7. Gross Motor Skill Development

Limbs get stronger, enabling them to move more.

8. Social-Emotional Development

Babies are more open to communication at this stage. They will engage and play with almost anyone. They may not be comfortable in crowds or noisy places.

9. Physical Development

They can hold their own bottle and drink from it, pick food from their plates and eat or even drink from a straw or an open cup if trained.

[Read : When Do Babies Drink From an Open Cup?]

10. Movement Milestone

Some babies can crawl fast and comfortably, while some might still be in the dragging stage. Some babies might skip this stage completely too.

11. Language Development

Babbling increases. Your baby will try to say words with emotions and change in pitch and expressions. They will try to imitate everyone around them.

12. Cognitive Skill Development

Your baby can understand size and colors now. You might catch your baby trying to arrange things in an upright position.

How Can You Help an 8 Month Old Baby Reach Their Milestones?

8 Month Old Baby Reach Their Milestones

Here is what you can do, to help them develop on various fronts

  • Let them explore food and eat their own way. Though it can be messy, it will encourage good food habits and relationships with food.
  • Give them toys involving a lot of colors and shapes.
  • Hold them up in a standing position to help them know what it feels like to stand on their feet. This will strengthen their legs too.

[Read : Toys For 8 Month Old Baby]

Milestones You Can Expect at the End of 8th Month

8 month baby milestone

At the end of the 8th month, your baby should

  • Move around in some form or the other.
  • Show interest in different tastes and textures of food.
  • Have a better focus on items they are exploring or playing with.
  • Gums get harder to start teething.

When Should You Consider Seeing the Doctor?

Talk to your doctor if your baby

  • Refuses to plant legs when held up in an upright position
  • Does not babble or blow raspberries or bubbles yet
  • Develops food allergies

Growth spurts are common during this stage, making some babies look bigger than others. Do not get discouraged when you see other babies bigger or more physically developed than yours.

Read Also: 9 Month Old Baby Milestones – What Are They and How You Can Help

Aparna Hari,MBA in Marketing,P.G. Diploma in Human Resource Management from IGNOU Bachelor of Sciences (Home Science) from Nagarjuna University

Her experience in impactful writing combined with her background in Home Sciences makes Aparna the perfect candidate for content writing in the pregnancy and parenting niche.Read more.

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