Development & Behavior
How should my baby be developing?
Your baby is now 8 months and should be able support their own weight while standing. They can turn to the direction of your voice and look for a dropped object. Your baby’s new mobility means that they are now entering the land of bumps and falls. These are an inevitable part of childhood. Although your heart may occasionally skip a beat or two, you try to enjoy watching your baby explore their surroundings and discover his limits.
In the first week of the 8th month, your child will be able to:
- bear some weight on legs when held upright;
- eat themselves a cracker;
- use fingers to get an object and pick it up in fist (keep all dangerous objects out of baby’s reach);
- turn to the direction of a voice;
- look for a dropped object;
How to support my baby?
Your first instinct may be how to protect your baby. It’s natural. The best way to support your baby is to let them have room to grow and learn. This will help them to become independent. This does not mean you leave them be unsuperavised. You should create a baby – safe environment. A good way to do this is to imagine everything that can be possibly dangerous at their height, then find solutons to make it not dangerous. These solutions can include keeping fragile items at an unreachable place and dangerous items in a locked closet.
Health & Safety
What should I discuss with my doctor?
You may not have a scheduled doctors appointment. If there are any urgent concerns, you should not wait until your next appointment. It’s always important to talk to your doctor right away.
If you think your child is not developing correctly, write down any worrying signs that you see and talk to your doctor about this concern. You may also want to consult with the pediatrician specializing in development issues or the pathology of speech. Trust your instincts. Developmental delays are sometimes not serious. Some babies need some time to catch up with other babies.
What should I know?
Here are some things you should know about:
Your baby may be creep (pushing themselves around on their belly), crawl, or moveby bottom shuffling, use a hand behind them and a foot in front of them to propel themselves.
Creeping is your baby’s first method of getting around efficiently on their own. Usually, they’ll first learn to pull themselves with theirs hands and then get up on their hands and knees. Then they’ll figure out how to move forward and backward by pushing off their knees.
All of these variations on crawling strengthen the muscles that will soon enable them to walk. Whichever mode of mobility your baby’s using, it’s fascinating to see how they solve the problem of getting around.
Your baby may be able to pull themselves up to a standing position while holding on to furniture. In fact, if you let your baby be next to the sofa, they may be able to hold themselves up, although they may be hanging on for dear life.
At this stage, some parents usually put their children in baby walkers, but that’s not a good idea. Walkers are unsafe: your baby can use a walker as a stepladder to reach things they couldn’t normally get to, such as a hot stove or bottle of bleach. They also discourage floor play, which helps them learn to walk by giving them opportunities to crawl, pull up, and cruise while holding on to furniture, All are activities that leads them to walk.
New portability also means that your baby may collide and fall more easily. Now is a good time to move the curtain fabric and wires out of reach of your child, pad on sharp corners on tables, install locks on toilet seats, remove trees which can be dangerous to higher areas, clean up toxic detergents and medicines, cover electrical outlets and keep safe for the top and bottom front of the stairs.
Developmental delays occurs when children develop the ability to sit, crawl, walk, and talk slower than normal. This may or may not indicate a developmental disorder. In fact, most children recover soon. For example, in the premature baby, the development of the baby will often delay compared with other babies. However, when they become a young adult, height and weight will normalize.
The process of development of each child is often featured in each child, although children tend to achieve similar skills throughout the process. Some babies develop motor skills such as sitting earlier, while other children can quickly get the delicate motor skills, such as grasping small objects. Some children are slow in developing their ability to walk but can quickly detect sound. The most important thing is that the time will pass, your baby can continue to develop the mental and physical skills then
However, delays in learning language should be closely monitored in a rigorous way by you. They may be the result of lack of communication with adults, babys has hearing problems. There are less common reasons such as spina bifida and autism.
If you think your child has a slight delay compared with the normal development process, you should learn the usual time for learning language and physical development along the warning signs of developmental delay or you can seek early to be assess development, hearing and sight of children.
What I am concerned about?
Here are some things you may be concerned about:
Dealing with a messy house
If your baby is crawling around and pulling up everything and you can’t keep up with the mess he makes, don’t be too worried, take some steps here to make it easier:
- Start with a safe house: Before you let your baby explore the house, be sure to make it safe for them.
- Contain the chaos: The compulsive side of you will be a lot happier if you try to confine the mess to one or two rooms or areas in the home. That means letting your baby have free run only in their own room. It may bethe kitchen, family room, or living room – wherever you and your baby spend the most time together.
- Restrain yourself: Don’t follow your baby around as he wreaks havoc or put away everything they take out. This will frustrate them, giving him the sense that everything they do is not only unacceptable but essentially in vain.
- Teach him a lesson in neatness – over and over again: Don’t do your intensive cleanups with them around. Instead, you should pick up a couple of things with them at the end of each play session, make a point (even if he’s not old enough to get the point) of saying “Now, can you help Daddy pick this toy up and put it away?”.
- Let them make a mess in peace: Don’t complain constantly about the mess that baby is making or make them feel that expressing their natural and healthy curiosity is bad. If it is something you would rather that it does not happen again, let them know as a teacher, not a judge.
- You can’t beat them, but don’t join them: Don’t decide that since you’re losing in a battle, you might let the mess mount and learn to ignore it. Set aside a sanctuary. You won’t always be able to keep up with damage left behind by your junior hurricane, but you can try to preserve a peaceful place in the midst of the storm. It may beyour bedroom or the den or living room. You shouldn’t permit baby to play there or. Then, at the end of every day, you will have a haven to enjoy.
- Play it safe. You should always consider what can present a threat to safety. If baby spills their juice or empties the dog’s water bowl, wipe it up immediately. Fresh spill cam turn a floor without carper into a skating rink where falls are inevitable. Also pick up sheets of paper and magazines as soon as baby is with them, and keep traffic lanes (stairways, especially) clear of toys, particularly those with wheels, at all times.
Congratulations! You have made it through week 33. We can’t wait to show you how your baby is developing in week 34.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: March 26, 2019
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect, The First Year. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2009. Print version. Page 393-395.