Baby's Development: Eighth Month

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Posted on: October 2nd, 2017by Ivana Stamenkovic

Your Baby’s Appearance at Eighth Month of Life

By this time, your baby's eyes are probably close to their final color but don't be surprised if you see some subtle changes later. Many eight-months-old babies have all lower and upper central incisors, but it's also possible that your baby hasn't started teething, yet. Once your baby starts standing, you may notice her unusual posture - her tummy protrudes, and her rear end sticks out. This 'is perfectly normal for a baby of this age. Her feet may also look a little bit odd to you. When she's on her back, her toes may turn inward, but when she tries to walk, her feet may turn outward. And your baby's feet may seem flat because the arch is hidden by a pad of fat.

Your Baby’s Growth at Eighth Month of Life

With all the extra activity and muscle building, your baby no longer gains as much weight as before.

Your Baby’s Motor Skills at Eighth Month of Life

As your baby becomes more mobile, you can expect more bumps and falls, so it's important that you make sure that your house is properly baby-proofed (you should install gates across the stairs, cover all open outlets, lock up a bathroom and kitchen cabinets and keep doors closed). There should be no dangling cords, and no small objects lying around (they could be a choking hazard). Remember to put away all cleaning and cosmetic products, too. Be prepared to the bumps and falls since they are an inevitable part of your baby's newfound mobility - you can't protect her all the time. During this month, your baby may try to put herself in a standing position, and you can't stop her from falling on to her bottom after an unsuccessful attempt.

Your Baby’s Senses at Eighth Month of Life

An eight-month-old baby's sight is almost as good as yours. You'll notice that now she can spot an object across the room (she'll point to it or try to crawl towards it). If you're having any concerns about your baby's sight, you should talk with her pediatrician. You should also notify him if you think your baby might have a squint in one eye.

Your Baby’s Sleeping at Eighth Month of Life

You may have heard that eight-months-old babies usually have two long naps during the day and sleep well through the night. But, what if your baby isn't one of those babies? What if she bursts into tears every time you try to leave the nursery room? There's nothing wrong with your baby if she's feeling separation anxiety. You can help her by spending some time with her in the nursery room. And try to follow a routine since that's a great way to make the separation as predictable as possible. If she knows what's coming next, she won't be surprised when you leave, and she'll eventually realize that you're always going to come back.

Your Baby’s Eating at Eighth Month of Life

Although eating solid foods for several months, your baby still needs formula or breast milk every day (until she's one year old and you can offer her cow's milk). As she eats more solids, she'll need less milk. You can offer her so many different foods now, but keep in mind which foods are allergens. Also, be particularly careful when offering your baby finger foods. The food should be cut into small pieces (bite-sized), but no matter how well you cut the food, you should never leave your baby unsupervised when she's eating. And avoid any food that can be a real choking hazard (raw carrots, grapes, blueberries, popcorn and many others).

Your Baby’s Communication at Eighth Month of Life

As the time passes, your baby's babble is starting to make sense. She's adding more syllables, mixing them together and making some new words. Now she may understand a few words, such as 'bye' or 'hi' - so, when you tell her to wave and say 'bye-bye' or 'hi' she might actually do it. And not only she starts to understand simple words and commands, but she's also starting to realize what she likes and dislikes, and she'll show it to you with a smile or a frown).

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