An 8 month old baby is a busy baby. He is moving around, learning, exploring, and interacting with more sophistication (and probably getting into everything!) Your little one is especially curious at this age because he is becoming more aware of his surroundings.
It’s blissful to watch his curiosity grow. And this is just the start; there will be more to delight in as baby accomplishes the glorious 8 month old milestones. Read on!
What You Should Know
- The baby is ready for soft finger foods. He is also ready to hold a sippy cup.
- Talk and listen to baby and read, sing, and play games together. This is important for your little one’s learning and development.
- Let the baby meet new people. This will improve his social skills and reduce the anxiety of being around strangers.
- Games that involve crawling are important at this time. Crawling will strengthen your baby’s muscles and prepare them for future walking.
- Schedule your baby’s ninth month checkup
The Most Adorable 8 Month Old Milestones
Your 8 month old’s brain absorbs everything right now. He listens to and learns through the words you speak. So make sure you are spending enough time each day singing to baby, reading together, and helping him learn new words.
Your little one is also old enough to go out in the sun now, so there would be nothing wrong with having some playtime outside. Spending time outdoors helps enhance a baby’s growth and development. It is also a great way to relieve postpartum stress. Just don’t leave your baby’s sunscreen or sun-protective clothing behind.
But irrespective of whether your baby spends time outside or not, he keeps on growing (and he keeps on going!) Below is what to expect in your 8 month old baby development stages.
Weight And Length
On average, 8 month olds will weigh about 19.1 pounds for boys and 17.4 pounds for girls. The average length will be about 27.7 inches for boys and 27.0 inches for girls.
But your baby doesn’t necessarily have to weigh or measure exactly as these figures. Children’s weight and height can vary widely based on different factors. So long as you have been feeding your baby properly, he has been growing at a steady and healthy rate, and your pediatrician doesn’t point out any problems, then there should be nothing to worry about.
Your 8 month old still prefers to look at much closer things but he is now able to see objects from across the room. He has also developed depth perception, meaning, he can see and judge where he wants to crawl to and when he needs to get out of the way of an obstacle.
Baby has also developed the ability to track the path of moving or falling objects. Release an inflated balloon into the air and notice how your little one watches it float on the air. If you drop a feather, the baby will also watch it sway until it falls.
At 8 months old, the baby is also able to relate items he sees with their purpose. For instance, he knows a toy indicates fun, a feeding bottle indicates food, and a swaddle blanket indicates time to nap or sleep.
Baby can hear and respond to different sounds now. Try calling him by his name and you will see him turn toward the direction of your voice.
At this age, he is also beginning to understand and interpret basic instructions or words you say repeatedly. For instance, he knows “come here” means that he should start moving towards you and you will see him scooting, creeping, or crawling in your direction. He is also able to interpret ‘no!” now (finally!)
Your 8 month old is fascinated by all kinds of shapes and textures. He will touch anything just to know how it feels.
But keep in mind that at this age, everything baby explores with his hands will end up in his mouth. So make sure to examine the baby’s play mat regularly to get rid of any choking hazards. You may also consider keeping your 8 month old’s toys sanitized to make sure he any not transferring any germs and dirt to his mouth.
At 8 months old, your little one can pass items from one hand to the other too. Yes, he did this last month and the month before that but now he does it more precisely, without dropping the items.
The babbles you have been hearing for the last few months are starting to make more sense now. Of course, there is still plenty of “ga-gas” and “ba-bas” but you will sometimes hear a “ma-ma” or “da-da” directed your way.
The baby also knows to smile and communicate happiness. He will smile at you when you get home from work or at grandma when she comes to visit.
Your little one is starting to show signs of empathy too. If he sees another child cry, he might also whimper, often looking at you as if he wants to find out why the other infant is crying.
Are you wondering, “What should my 8 month old be doing?” Here is an idea:
- Rolling from front to back and vice versa
- Sitting without support. Baby is not as shaky as he was a few months ago.
- Getting ready to crawl if he isn’t already
- Grasping objects using his thumb and the first two fingers
- Attempting to chew. Baby will move his jaws every time he takes food in.
- Bearing his body weight on both legs, though he still can’t stand by himself.
- Pointing at objects he wants or finds interesting with his index finger
- Bouncing when held in a standing position
- Starting to scoot backward
- Banging objects together
8 Month Old Food
At the age of 8 months, the baby is starting to eat more solids than formula or breast milk. Perhaps one of the most notable skills in your 8 month old baby development is the ability to do a pincer grasp, so your little one can pick up pieces of food with his thumb and pointer finger. This newly found skill means that the baby is ready for finger foods.
What Finger Foods Should I Give My 8 Month Old?
The best finger foods to give your 8 month old would be avocado, apples, carrot, barley, cheddar cheese, quinoa, pumpkin, pasta, sweet potatoes, rice, turkey, zucchini, and tofu. These foods should be cooked until soft or ground into very small pieces for the baby to gnash with his gum.
If your infant’s teeth have already popped through, you can introduce textured baby foods. If not yet, keep feeding baby softer foods. And remember, just because your baby has teeth doesn’t mean he is ready for steak chunks. Those first teeth haven’t become strong enough to chew yet. So make sure whatever you feed your little one can be easily gnashed for safety purposes.
Can 8 Month Old Eat Eggs?
Yes, 8 month olds can eat eggs without experiencing adverse food reactions or allergies. Eggs are a great source of protein for kids and are quite effective in bones and muscle development. Mash or puree one scrambled or a hard-boiled egg and serve it to your little one. Scrambled eggs, especially, would be fantastic finger food.
How Much Solids Should 8 Month Old Eat?
How much solids your 8 month old eats will depend on how much he is breastfeeding or bottle feeding. But in general, baby at 8 months old should have 3 meals and 1 to 2 snacks per day. Make sure you are giving baby the healthiest food possible. Avoid processed, sweetened, or salted foods as much as you can.
How Often Should 8 Month Old Eat?
At 8 months, exclusively breastfed babies should nurse about 3 or 4 hours, while exclusively bottle-fed infants should consume about 6 to 8 ounces every 4 to 5 hours. For solid foods, make sure the baby is having at least 3 meals a day.
How Much Water Should I Give My 8 Months Baby?
An 8 month old should drink about 2 to 4 ounces of water per day. As your little one transitions from an all-liquid diet to solids, you will need to continue feeding him breast milk or formula, which means his body will not require too much water. But in some cases such as extremely humid or hot weather or when constipated, babies can drink up to 7 or 8 ounces per day.
8 Month Old Sleep
Parents with 8 month olds may want to know, “What time should 8 months old go to bed?”
An 8 month old should go to bed between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. At this age, most babies will sleep about 14 to 15 hours per day; 10 or 11 hours at night and the rest during the day, split into two naps.
At 8 months old, your little one’s sense of object permanence has developed significantly. He understands that when objects disappear, they eventually reappear. He also knows that his actions can cause certain things to happen. He knows that when he cries, you will come back to his bedroom and give him some loving.
This newfound bond between baby and mommy (or daddy) may disrupt your sleeping patterns as your little one will sometimes want to test boundaries or get extra comfort before bedtime. To ease this separation anxiety, try being patient with your baby.
You may have to increase your cuddling moments, give the baby more kisses, or just spend more time with him. Also, continue being consistent with your sleeping routines to help baby sleep through the night. You don’t want to introduce a new routine at this time, as that will only get baby confused. Here are more tips to help baby sleep for longer stretches during the night:
- If your baby is already sleeping in his room, leave the door to his bedroom open. He will feel more at peace if he can hear you, and this comfort alone is enough to give him a goodnight’s sleep.
- Allow sucking of thumb as a way for the baby to soothe himself to sleep.
- Provide a transitional item like a favorite toy to help the baby comfort himself in your absence.
- Kiss baby or offer to console words if he wakes and cries for you at night. Try not to turn the lights on; just rock him with a sweet lullaby.
A Day In A 8 Month Old Life
At 8 months, a baby is awake for almost 10 hours a day. Try to look for as many things as possible to do with him to help him grow. This may include reading and naming objects together, trying out baby swings in the park, meeting new people, and having interactive play sessions.
You have probably noticed that there is too much development in your baby’s movements now. If he was scooting last month, he is probably crawling now, if he was crawling, he is probably pulling himself up on furniture. Try to introduce activities that will help him move to the next level.
“But can an 8 month old walk?” you may ask!
Yes, an 8 month old can walk. Babies begin to walk between the age of 8 and 16 months, although some may walk even earlier (or later) than that.
When Should You Be Concerned?
Your little one may not hit all the above 8 month old milestones at exactly the time you expect him to. Babies grow differently and will reach each stage differently. If yours seems to lag a little behind, there is probably nothing to worry about. Just continue feeding him properly and taking him to his monthly checkups to make sure he is growing at a healthy rate. The only time you should be concerned is if he is showing any of the following symptoms:
- Is refusing to feed
- Hasn’t gained weight in the last three months
- Sleeps for less than five hours a day (24 hours) or doesn’t sleep at all
- Doesn’t seem interested in reaching for objects around him
- Doesn’t show any response toward your affection
- Doesn’t seem to respond to your voice or loud sounds
- Is still crossing eyes
- Doesn’t bring objects to his mouth
- Can’t rollover
- Doesn’t make sounds
- Doesn’t laugh, squeal, or make any happy noises
- Body seems stiff
My Babies Planet Overview
There is a lot to delight in as baby hits the adorable 8 month old milestones. The babbling, the laughs, the playtime, and the special attachment that has currently developed between you two just make the house feel more alive. A lot has changed in your baby in just a few months!
However, it is important to remember that babies develop differently and milestones markers are not meant to worry you. Nevertheless, keeping track of your 8 month old baby development will help you gauge your infant’s growth and prevent any potential problems.