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Month Eight

Reviewed by: Dr. Travis Satnarine BSc. MBBS.

During this month your baby observes more and is aware of his surroundings, he is also moving around the house more.

 Baby’s growth and development

On average your eight-month-old baby boy is about 19.0 pounds and 27.8 inches, while your baby girl is slightly lower at 17.5 pounds and her length is 27.1 inches. It is good to remember that babies vary in weight and height, if baby is healthy there is nothing to be concerned about.

Your baby is rolling over and over, crawling and reaching for everything, your baby may even be holding and standing, he is getting stronger every day.

Those baby teeth are showing up clearly, and your baby is learning to make more gestures and facial expressions, he is also trying to communicate.

Your baby may start developing a fear of strangers and would prefer to stay at your side. He is probably taking two naps a day and sleeping through the night now.

Milestones

Points to objects

Stands while holding on to something

Turns away when finished eating

  • Milestones are just a guide; babies do different things are different times. If you have concerns talk about it at the next visit with your pediatrician.

Health Care

Many pediatricians will not schedule an eight-month visit unless it is necessary. Until your next visit, keep writing down your questions and concerns and if it is urgent, and do not hesitate to reach out to your doctor. You can look forward to next month’s visit when all your questions will be answered, and Baby will be examined and given the relevant shots.

Interesting things about Month 8

Baby can possibly feed himself at this point

Look out for those first words, would it be Mama or Dada?

Your baby is learning how to wave and understand the meaning of NO

Baby tries to imitate you on the phone

Advice for Moms & New Parents

Secure the cupboard doors

Speak to friends and relatives about the baby’s anxieties towards strangers so they do not upset him. Baby should be given time to feel comfortable and allowed to make the first move.

Baby will fall at times, be sure to stay close to your baby and have your first aid kit on hand. Remember to block the stairs and openings where the baby can slip, climb, or injury himself.

Reminders for this month:

  • Take Baby’s eight-month-old photo.
  • Write down your questions and concerns.
  • If you did not do it yet, schedule Baby’s nine-month visit.

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