8 Months baby

Please keep in mind that all babies are unique. Whether your baby reaches milestones early or late, he has his own developmental path to follow. The dividing lines between these months are very fuzzy. If you have any concerns or questions about your babyís development, please check with his health care provider.


These days, your baby is very busy. His hands, like other parts of his anatomy, are constantly moving. He can now handle objects well and continues perfecting the skill of using the opposable thumb. He has also learned how to use his index finger as a tool to push parts of toys and investigate small spaces.

Some children around this time start pointing at objects. He is using his finger to ask you, "Hey, what is that toy called? How can I get to it to explore?" He may look at you for help.

Try to resist the urge to swan dive down, pick up the object and bring it back to baby. Out of reach, interesting-looking objects are the perfect bait to start little ones moving. Be sure to tell him the name of the object. Repeat it a few times. Watch him watching how your mouth is moving to pronounce words.

Encourage him to try to reach it himself. Can it be reached by lunging? Rolling? If he is getting frustrated, of course, help him out by moving it closer... so he can stretch and reach it.

It is important to respect children as capable individuals and support them in their own developing skills, including problem solving. Use enticing toys to set up situations for him to be successful. Learning to do things for himself supports a positive self concept and happy attitude about his accomplishments.


As if attempts to crawl arenít exciting enough for baby, now he may be trying to stand up. It is not so easy though. Not only does it require strong legs, but he must figure out how to bend at the knee, grab above him, shift his weight.

And once up, he doesnít know how to get down. Most babies donít care initially. They love to bounce, hold on with one hand, and shift weight from one foot to the other. But when their bodies become weary, they look to their caregivers for help. Talk to baby about bending his knees and landing on his bottom. It may take a few more weeks before going down is as easy as going up.

If your baby does not appear interested in standing yet, please donít be concerned. Remember, development comes in spurts. If your baby is not as interested in gross motor or large movements, he may not crawl or stand for a while still. If you have concerns, talk to your health care provider. Our advice -- enjoy it while you can!

Sleep Problems Returned

This is a common time for children to start waking up in the middle of the night. They may cry out suddenly and then fall back to sleep on their own. Or.... they may cry for extended amounts of time.

Baby is learning to do very exciting things with his body. He is learning to move, to stand, to hold things differently. Some parents find their babies constantly moving in the crib, trying to crawl, rolling over, pulling up to a stand. They may call out to their sleepy parents as if to say, "I am ready to practice some more." Or, "I am standing and canít get down." This is extremely frustrating for parents who may feel like they were finally back to sleeping well and are now up again -- several times a night.

Fun with Photographs

Intellectually, baby can now associate himself with his image in a photograph. The same goes for his image in a mirror. A fun pastime for baby is gazing at photos of loved ones. You can make or buy for him a photo album and compile a group of photos of his favorite people. Or, include photos of grandparents or aunts and uncles who live far away. Talk about each person to him -- in time heíll point to them when you say their names.

Photos are an especially important tool to help children when they are away from their parents. Provide a photo of yourself, your partner, and other special members of the family (donít forget family pets) for baby to look at when he is feeling sad. Include photos of himself doing his favorite activities with you. After saying good-bye at childcare or when he is feeling tired, gazing at your image may be just the thing to help him get through the tough times so he can get back to playing and learning.

"The Wheels on the Bus Go Round Ďn Round..."

Babies love songs and music. More than likely, you have already been singing softly to baby.

There are also some wonderful songs for children that involve movement, such as the goodies from our childhood, "I am a Little Teapot."

Many local libraries offer CDs or cassettes you can check out and play for baby. Check with the librarian about a community music class that is geared for babies and toddlers. Often these classes meet for an hour and are facilitated by a teacher experienced with music and babies. Show baby the movements on yourself or gently move his arms and hands to the words. In a short time, heíll be trying out his own moves and singing along.

Baby Growth from 1-30 months at various ages and stages
1st month

6th month 11th month 22nd-24th month
2nd month

7th month 12th month 25th-27th month
3rd month

8th month 13th-15th month 28th-30th month
4th month

9th month 16th-18th month  
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