My daughter recently turned 8 months old and I thought now would be a good time to review a her milestones and see how they compare with those of a typical 8 month old. According to Baby Centre an 8 month old will usually start showing signs of the following development milestones:
- Visible signs of separation anxiety
- Pull up into a standing position
- Master the pincer grasp
- Show emotions in response to others
- Understanding objects
- Recognise people and objects from across the room
Now it’s important to add that all babies develop at their own rate. By 8 months of age, some babies may have already mastered most of these skills, whereas others may only show signs of developing one or two. That doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your child and they will learn and develop at their own pace. However, if you are ever concerned about your baby’s development, you should always speak to your GP or Health Visitor.
Where We’re At
So how is my baby getting on with these milestones? She started crawling when she was 6 and a half months old and a couple of weeks later she started pulling herself up and standing. She has mastered both of these skills now and has had her fair share of knocks and bumps as a result! As she’s crawling, she’s aiming for items and people and seems to easily identify things.
There are times when I think she has separation anxiety and other times where I’m not so sure. For months she’s cried and screamed on and off in the evenings when I’ve left her with her Dad and gone to have a bath or shower. As soon as she sees me, she’ll stop and will be happy again. She’s also waking up screaming during the middle of the night which is another sign of separation anxiety. However, she doesn’t seem worried if I leave her in her play centre or play pen while I go to the loo during the day or do the washing up, so I’m not sure whether we’re at the separation anxiety stage yet or not.
In the past month, little one has started eating toast and other finger foods and she can quite happily pick these up and feed them to herself, with around three quarters of the food ending up in her mouth and not on the floor!
She seems to have some emotion in response to others, but this is mainly happy emotions – she’ll smile when she sees me, my other half and the dog, but if we’re sad, she doesn’t seem to show any connection with this.
I’m not convinced that we’re where we should be with weaning. We started with purees, but little one soon went off these and point blank refused to eat any vegetables in this way. Eventually, I managed to get some veg in her by giving her small bite sized chunks instead. She still has 32oz of milk and doesn’t seem to like foods with much flavour! I’m hoping this is just a phase and with continued perseverance she’ll grow to love her food and her taste buds will accept bigger and bolder flavours soon.
How is your baby getting on at 8 months old?