Your 8-month-old baby is a busy little fellow. She has a whole new world to explore and she has little patience to wait. She sits up, crawls ahead, rolls her body both directions, stands herself up while holding onto a piece of furniture. She sets her footprint in every corner of her play area. Her toys also have gotten busier and noisier. With your little munchkin in the house, not a single day goes by without a party!
As playful as she is, your little one is also growing more clingy. As the separation anxiety kicks in, she fuzzes big time when not see you for more than a few minutes. Parents, be proud! This is an indication of a healthy bond between you and your little one. In addition, your little one may have formed a special connection with a particular object. It may be a toy, a blanket, a stuffed animal, or whatever makes her feel secure and comfortable. It is there to fill in her need for mommy and daddy when you are not available.
- Able to change from sitting to crawling: At eight months, your little one is most likely able to sit without assistance. If she sees anything interesting in from of her and reaches for it, she may topple over and fall. But parents don’t need to worry about it, she has learned how to extend her arms and list her chest up while on her stomach. This is also a way for her to strengthen her core.
- Pulls herself up to stand: No matter it is through the assistance from your hands, or by holding onto the sofa, your little one may be able to pull herself up to a standing position. Her legs are very strong and are able to hold her entire body weight.
- Cruises holding onto furniture: Just barely able to stand, your little one is eager to get ready to walk. While holding on to the edge of a crib or sofa, she gets adventurous and tries to move her legs sideways. Exercises like this are important for her overall physical dexterity. They are also important steps to prepare her to walk in the next couple of months.
- Better hand-eye coordination: In addition to tracking moving objects, your little one has learned to coordinate her action with what she sees. When she sees something drop, she can focus on it, pick it up and pass it between her two hands.
- Able to spot an object across the room: Your 8-month-old can see pretty well near and far. Though her still sees better things that are close up to her, she is not able to spot objects from across the room.
Social-Emotional and Cognitive Skills
- Experiments with objects by shaking, swirling, banging, or dropping: Your 8-month-old baby loves to get her hands on everything she sees. To further investigate an object, she shakes it or bangs it on the table. When she is in the mood, she may drop it and see you picking it up. What a naughty kid!
- Able to find partially hidden objects: With a better understanding of object permanence, you no longer can trick your little tot by hiding an object. She knows that it is not gone forever. Better yet, if the object is partially shown, she can spot it and pick it up.
- Develops an insistence for a favorite object: When babies turn to 8-month-old, they may become more attached to their parents. All of a sudden, you find them clingy and a bit shy. To fill in the time when you are not around, she may have grown an affection to a particular toy or object. Let her bring her comfort toy with her. It makes her feel secure and more at ease.
Activities with Your 8-Month-Old Baby
1. Encourage Crawling
According to the American Optometric Association, crawling can further develop a baby’s eye-hand-foot-body coordination. Comparing to babies who skip crawling altogether, those who crawl more have better skills using their eyes together. Like we mentioned in the 7-month-old babies’ activities, a good way to encourage crawling is to motivate her with an interesting moving toy in front of her.
2. Play Hide-And-Seek
Hide-and-seek is a great activity to test and strengthen your little one’s cognitive skills. Of course, small babies won’t walk around to find out where you are hiding, but they will be happy to look for a favorite toy. Start by hiding the toy partially and see her reaction. Once she gets the hang of it, completely cover the toy. While looking for the disappeared object, your little one practices her imagination and problem-solving skills.
3. Learn Though Toys
For 8-month-old babies, there is plenty of toys available, for both interactive play with parents and independent play on their own. Toys such as activity centers and busy boards provide a wide variety of things to do. From gears, mazes, keyboards, to buttons, switches, and clocks, through playing, your little one establishes confidence in solving problems. This helps her build better self-esteem and a sense of independence.
Cecilia Yeung is a successful entrepreneur and product researcher. She has a background in psychology and children’s education. As a working mother of two, she loves to write about children’s education and development.