Development & Behavior
How should my baby be developing?
Your baby’s now exploring objects by shaking them, banging them, dropping them, and throwing them before falling back on the tried – and – true method of gumming them. They can have the idea of doing some things with an objectso an activity center with lots of things that your baby can bang, poke, twist, squeeze, shake, drop, and open will fascinate them.
In the second week of the eighth month, your child will probably able to:
- pass a cube or other objects from one hand to the other;
- discover things by shaking, hitting, dropping and throwing them and see them bounce again;
- stand holding on to someone or something;
- oppose if you try to take a toy away;
- work to get a toy that’s out of reach;
- play peekaboo;
- get into a sitting position from stomach.
How to support your baby?
Your baby will also be mesmerized by toys that have specific functions, such as phones. If they can’t hold it up to their ear themselves, you should do it for them and pretend to have a conversation. Over the next few months, they’ll start to use objects for their intended purposes – brushing their hair, drinking from a cup, and babbling on their toy phone.
Health & Safety
What should I discuss with my doctor?
Most doctors do not schedule regular checkups for baby this month. That may be a good idea since most children of this age do not enjoy going to the doctor’s office. Do call the doctor if there are any concerns that you cannot wait until the next month visit.
What should I know?
Here are some things you should know about:
Learn which substances are poisonous, and poison proof your home:
- Check labelsof every chemical product in your house.
- Keep cosmetics, personal care products, medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, cleaning supplies, pesticides, and all other household substances locked away and out of your baby’s reach.
- Whenever possible, buy medicines that have child – resistant or childproof caps and look for the least toxic household products available.
- Keep dangerous substances in original containers to prevent mix –
- Do not call medicine “candy” or take it within view of your baby. (Toddlers, especially, are prone to imitative behaviors.)
- Keephousehold plants out of your baby’s reach.
A poison is any substance that harms the body. While swallowing some poisons causes only temporary stomach upset, swallowing others can severely damage the lungs or intestines, and a few are fatal.
You can learn these following when your baby get poison:
- If your baby cannot breathe, start to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation and call 115.
- Also call 115 immediately if your baby loses consciousness, becomes extremely sleepy, has burns, seems to have severe throat pain, or is having a seizure. Even if you don’t see such symptoms, call your local poison control center and ask for advice- sometimes symptoms can be delayed.
- Try removing any substance left in your baby’s mouth and keep a sample if possible.
- Do not try to make them vomit or give them ipecac or activated charcoal – you should get professional instructions first.
- When you call, you will probably be asked for the name of the substance that your baby ingested, the time and amount taken, the age and weight of your baby, the symptoms they are having, and your telephone number.
- If it is on their clothes, take them off. Rinse your baby’s skin with lukewarm water and continue for at least 15 minutes if there is a burn.
- Don’t rub oil or grease on a burn since that can worsen the condition.
- If the poison is in your baby’s eye, flush the eye, pour water in the inner corner for 15 minutes and try to get your baby to blink.
- Call the poison control center to find out what else is recommended for that specific substance.
Baby has not crawled yet
It is never fair to compare. But when it comes to crawling, which is considered as only an optional skill and can’t be gauged byoverall development, it can be different. Some babies crawl when they reachsix months (especially if they have spent plenty of supervised playtime on their bellies). More babies are crawling later while there is a significant minority that never crawls at all. As long as other important developmental milestones are being reached (such as sitting – a skill babies must master before they can even tackle crawling), everything is still good.
Those who opt not to crawl are limited in mobility only briefly until they figure out how to pull up, to cruise (from chair to coffee table to sofa), and finally to walk. In fact, many babies who never crawl end up walking earlier than proficient crawlers, who may be content for months on all fours.
Even among babies who do crawl, styles vary. Moving by the belly or creeping is usually a precursor to crawling, though some babies stick to creeping then. Many can begin crawling backward or sideways,. Some scoot on one knee or on their bottoms, and others travel on hands and feet. This is a stage that many babies reach just before walking.
The method that a baby chooses to get from one point to another is much less important than the fact that they are making an effort to achieve independent locomotion. Some babies do not crawl because they have not been given the chance. A baby who passes most of their day by being confined in a crib, stroller, baby carrier and play yard will not learn how to raise themselves on all fours or put their hands and knees in motion. Be sure that your baby spends on the floor on his tummy (do not worry about dirt as long as the floor has been swept or vacuumed to clean small particles,dangerous objects needs to be cleared away too). To encourage them to move forward, try putting a favorite toy or interesting object in a short distance ahead of them. You should remember to cover their knees since bare knees on a cold, hard floor or a scratchy carpet can be uncomfortable. It might even discourage your baby from attempting to crawl.
What I am concerned about?
You may be wondering about teaching your baby how to use sign language. In fact, a child who knows how to sign will certainly have the ability to communicate better. Once a child can speak and their sign langue can be understood, the benefits of having used signs diminish and eventually disappear. So do not use baby signs because you think it will make your son smarter or help them develop well; you should choose to use it because it will help you communicate better with them now. If you’d like to use baby signs, here is how:
- Get an early start on signing. Begin as soon as your baby shows an active interest in communicating with you when they areat least by eight or nine months, though there’s no harm in getting into the signing habit earlier. Most babies will start signing back somewhere between ten and fourteen months.
- Sign what comes naturally. Develop a natural sign language that works for you and your baby. Any simple gesture that fits a word or phrase well can work. Flapping arms for “bird” for instance, or scratching under the arms for “monkey”, hands together and supporting a tilted head for “sleep” a rubbed belly for “hungry” a cupped hand is placed up to the mouth for “drink” a finger touches to the nose for “smell”.
- Give your baby the signs they need. The most important signs to develop and learn will be the ones your baby requires to express their everyday needs, such as hunger, thirst, and fatigue.
- Sign consistently. By seeing the same signs over and over, your baby will come to understand them and imitate them quickly.
- Speak and sign at the same time. To make sure your baby learns both the sign and the spoken word, use both together.
- Sign up the whole family. The more people in your baby’s life who can speak their language, the happier they’ll be. Siblings, grandparents, care providers, and anyone else who spends a lot of time with your baby should be familiar with at least the most important signs. Follow your baby’s signs. Many babies invent their own signs. If yours does, always use the signs that they design, which are more meaningful to them.
- Do not push the signs. Signing, like all forms of communication, should develop naturally and at a child’s own pace. Babies learn best through experience, not through formal instruction. If your baby seems to be frustrated by the signs, resists using them.
You have made through week 34. Don’t worry. You are not alone. We will be here to give you support next week, in week 35.
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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect, The First Year. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2009. Print version. Page 386-414.