Now that your baby is 8 months old, she is reaching important milestones. You are excited that she is growing and getting stronger. But we get it, you are also confused about whether you know everything about those milestones or not. Fret not! Here are a few questions which will help you learn more about your baby’s developmental goals:
The physical developmental goals that you can see in your baby once he or she turns 8 months old are many. He or she can slowly sit up on their own without using any support. Your baby might even start moving either by rolling or creeping. They might also try to start crawling.
Stages of development differ usually month by month. Language or communication development goals are usually the ones that will excite you. Your baby might laugh or giggle. He or she might make sounds to catch your attention. The baby might start imitating the sounds you make or the sounds he or she listens to and might even repeat certain syllables. He or she might even start responding to your command ‘no'.
The term 'cognitive development' encompasses learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities in your baby. Your baby might start getting inquisitive and looking at things around curiously. They may also start switching things from one of their hand to another.
Emotional development involves expressing the individual’s feelings and reacting to others' feelings. You might notice your baby conveying what he or she likes through many ways and will also show frustration when you disrupt his or her activities. Your baby can suddenly start demanding attention and affection towards them.
The first sign can be when your baby starts interacting more and more with you and your family members. Your baby is also more active and loves to play all sorts of games with you.
When your baby starts showing all the growth and development goals, it is natural for you to be more protective towards them. But just relax and enjoy. Make sure you give your baby all the freedom they need to develop and start their own activities. Let them move and explore on their own, this way they end up growing and learning a lot. What you can do is to make sure of the safety of their surroundings by baby proofing your house. They might also just pop anything into their mouth so make sure that you keep all the harmful items out of their reach or lock them up. All said and done, remember that each baby is unique. Let them grow at their own pace and stop comparing them to their peers. If you do have any doubts or queries, do not hesitate to discuss it with your child’s doctor.