Development and Health Care for an 8 Month Old Baby

At this age, the 8 month old baby has become very skillful in crawling and can hold onto things for support to stand up. This is also the time when it develops imitation and memory abilities. It's best to give it more stimulation. The 8 month old baby can utter single words such as a squelching “gi ji”sound.

Height71.9cm (Boy) 70.5cm (Girl)
Body weight9.03kg (Boy) 8.48kg (Girl)
DevelopmentKnows how to crawl on its knees.
Starts to develop imitation and memory abilities.
Amount of milk consumedMilk powder 160-180c.c. X 4-5 times, alternating with breast milk once every 4 hours. Feed weaning food 2 times.

The Baby's Characteristics at this Age

1. Knows how to hold onto things for support and stand up

8 month old baby

If the 8 month old baby develops quickly, it'll want to hold onto things and stand up. By the eighth or ninth month, it can take a few steps while holding onto its mother's hands. It can now play games very actively with its hands and its muscles are big and strong. While engaging in activities, it's best to dress the baby in loose, convenient clothes.

As much as possible, avoid falling down. Practicing walking at home is quite enough for now. As every baby's temperament is different, there are kids who can unconditionally stand up using its own strength. There are also timid kids who will only stand for a little while before sitting back down again. For timid kids like these, when it's learning how to stand up, help it by gently supporting its buttocks or use your hands to pull it up while it's trying to stand up. This is more effective in training it how to stand.

2. Playing alone time increases

The baby is now extremely curious. It'll observe toys with wide-eyed curiosity. Moreover, it's also capable of sitting quietly and independently to play on its own. Its hands have also become very flexible and movements are natural, so it's all right to leave it sitting and playing for between 10 and 20 minutes. It also loves to rummage through the drawers. When it wants to stand up, it'll press onto the table or cupboard for support. Hence, the time spent on playing alone will increase. Objects which could potentially pose dangers to the baby should be kept away. It should be able to roam about and play freely around the house.

3. Give toys which let the baby make use of its fingers

The baby's hand movements become very sophisticated and can pick things up from the ground. It can skillfully and freely open and close its fingers. At this time, it knows how to independently pick up a cup to drink and can easily transfer a toy from one hand to the other. The baby also is greatly interested in bags, ropes or tapes as these objects greatly enable it to exercise its hands.

Important Dietary Tips

1. Cultivate independent eating habits

Kids at this age will desire to pick up food and eat with its hands. Don't always stop that behavior. Let the baby try to feed itself as much as possible. In the beginning, it'll grab food in its hand and shove it into its mouth, or hold the food in hand to play with it. The baby will gradually realize how to use its fingers to pick up food. Teach the baby how to use cutleries or try to cut the food into smaller pieces which are easy for it to pick up. This not only teaches the baby how to feed itself, it also helps to cultivate its own eating habit.

2. Don't eat rice yet

Pediatricians don't recommend giving rice to the baby too early. But by this age, the baby will develop a natural interest in food. Upon seeing the adult’s chewing motion, it'll also move its mouth and chew repeatedly when it touches a little rice. So, if the baby has the appetite, you may give a small amount of rice. However, eating rice before the baby is able to digest it will cause indigestion in the child later on in life and its food intake will not increase normally. It'll turn into a baby with abnormal eating habits.

Self-awareness and Emotional Development

1. Knows how to utter “mama” and “papa”

Though the baby still doesn't know many words, it can accurately utter words such as “mama” and “papa”. It particularly loves mimicking the adult’s behavior and speech. When it sees a dog or rice, you can say “dog” or “rice” repeatedly. Through this repeating process, the baby will know how to connect single words with their meanings. Some kids will immediately repeat after the adult while others seem to care less and only keep staring at its mother's mouth. So don't force it upon the baby or pressure it too much.

2. Develop dependence on its mother

The baby is increasingly dependent on its mother and will be uneasy if its mother moves out of sight for a little while. Play the objects hunting game with it will let it realize that even without seeing its mother's face, she's still somewhere nearby. With this kind of trust, even if the baby couldn't see its mother for a while, it'll not feel insecure.

Caring Tips for an 8 Months Old Baby

1. Take care of the baby's teeth

The baby already has its first teeth, so it can be eating healthy tidbits such as cheese or yoghurt. Therefore, its teeth must be properly cared for. If the baby has the habit of sucking on its milk bottle, you should correct this habit slowly. As the baby's first teeth are weaker than its permanent teeth, and if it has the habit of sucking on the milk bottle, this may lead to baby bottle tooth decay. Use a piece of gauze and rub the baby's teeth after eating food or drink water to get rid of the layer of sugar on top of the teeth.

2. Guide the baby according to its development

The rapid body and motor developments of babies before the age of one will soon end. For a baby whose body and motor developments are ending soon, the mother's attitude towards its growth has a very strong influence on it. If the baby doesn't receive any stimuli, its development will be a little slow compared to kids of the same age. So, more attention and stimuli should be given to the baby so that its development can progress to subsequent stages smoothly. Put a toy in front, let the baby lie flat on the ground and encourage it to crawl towards it. Let it sit down the same way in which it plays and get it to practice standing up. It's essential to maintain an enthusiastic and happy attitude when guiding the baby.

3. Listens to adult’s speech more intently

By this age, the baby can relate sounds to movements and can utter sounds as long as sentences. It'll also display very sensitive reactions towards people's speech. Moreover, it'll scream for attention. The adults can now bring the baby for a stroll outside or read aloud to it while flipping through picture books. Do note that the more articulate the mother is, the earlier the baby will learn to talk.

4. Cultivate emotional stability

As soon as it sees its father or mother, the baby will stretch out its arms in a desire to be carried. It'll also touch everything and want things immediately, causing great stress to its mother. These behaviors are all expressions of self-assertiveness. If this behavior becomes habitual, the baby's growth will be interrupted if the adults don't carry it or let it have its way unconditionally. So the adults should adjust themselves accordingly. On the other hand, the baby will be uneasy when it couldn't see its mother. So the mother should always let her baby feel her presence and try to cultivate emotional stability in the child.

Q&A: Dispelling Worries and Anxieties

Q: When eating, my baby will chew on the spoon and then throw it away. What should I do?

A: The baby now has a very strong tendency to play while eating and will often make a mess of things. Though it's worrying, the adult should leave the mess as it is and tell the baby that it's wrong to do so. Cover the floor with plastic sheets and prevent the mess from getting out of hand. However, if the baby repeatedly overturns its plate, the adult must stop that behavior immediately and repeat their intention in stern, prohibitive language.

Q: Mine can hold onto things and stand up on its own and walk when it’s a 7 month old baby onwards. It can even walk independently on its own for a short distance. Is it learning to walk too early? Will this put unnecessary pressure on its lower back?

A: It's common perception that the earlier the baby can hold onto things and stand up on its own or walk, the easier its legs will feel burdened by the pressure or that early walking will lead to problems. There's no medical evidence of this perception at all. However, when the baby isn't ready to stand up and walk but it's being forced to do so, that will definitely increase burden on its legs. Let the child learn to walk naturally and don't worry too much about it.

Q: My baby loves its pacifier and keeps biting it. If the pacifier stays for too long in the baby's mouth, is it true that the teeth will become crooked?

A: At this age, the baby's teeth will not be affected by sucking the pacifier. However, by the age of three, if it still bites on the pacifier all day, its teeth will be slightly affected. Reduce the time it has its pacifier gradually. That can help the baby kick its habit of sucking on the pacifier.

Fresh Milk

It's best not to give fresh milk to the baby before it's one year old. If the baby drinks fresh milk before that, it'll give rise to allergies and even cause iron deficiency which leads to anemia. Fresh milk is low in iron and it prevents iron absorption from other food. Fresh milk will also lead to stomach feeling bloated, loss of appetite and disrupts the absorption of balanced nutrition. This will lead to minor intestinal bleeding or infantile diabetes. Moreover, the baby will have trouble digesting the big milk molecules. Combining all the above reasons, it is better not to feed the baby with fresh milk too early.

Those are the particulars needed to know about an 8 month old baby.


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