Milestones at 8 Months

Your baby is now a champ at sitting unsupported, and will soon start moving around. This is a good time to baby-proof your home. If you haven’t already, cover furniture corners, get electrical and window blind cords out of reach, cover light sockets and put away dangerous or breakable items. You may want some cabinet locks, too.

It’s typical for 8-month-old babies to:

  • Start pulling up on furniture and standing (though this may take another couple months)
  • Adjust posture to get to wanted toys and other objects
  • Start combining syllables to make familiar words—“mama” or “dada,” for example—but without attaching meaning to the words yet
  • Pick up objects using index, 4th and 5th fingers against her thumb, like a claw game

Talk with your baby’s healthcare provider about any developmental concerns, including if your baby ...

  • Does not respond to games like peekaboo
  • Has not begun to crawl, creep or scoot around (though some babies do not accomplish this skill for a couple more months)
  • Does not stand with support
  • Does not use both sides of the body equally
  • Does not seem to have good control of hands
See also ... 

•  What your 8-month-old is learning and experiencing

•  Looking ahead: Development at 9 months

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