Postnatal Development – Month 8 – What’s Happening This Month?

Monday July 16, 2018

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At 8 months old, your baby is on the move and the fun really starts with your mini Houdini! Once they start crawling, you’ll be amazed by how quickly they can speed across a room to get to a favorite toy or to escape into a forbidden area. Now is a good time to install baby gates if you haven’t already. Also, be on the lookout for teeth. While there is a wide range of time during which babies start teething, many babies do so around this time.

After learning how to crawl, it’s only a matter of time before they learn how to stand up. They may use some furniture or you to help their stand up. Don’t be surprised if they suddenly fall down while standing. Some babies don’t crawl but go from sitting to walking, whereas other babies need more time to master crawling. Some babies spend time rocking back and forth on their hands and knees until they figure out how to use their body to move forward.

Your baby is also beginning to understand object permanence. What does this mean? Well, the baby understands that even though they can’t see them, objects exist and these objects, which they can only partially see, have hidden elements. Also, they will discover that you have not disappeared completely even though you have left the room. The world around them has expanded dramatically, thus their concentration suddenly increases as well. They become curious about the environment. Peek-a-boo is a great game for this period now that they understand object permanence.

You’ll also discover that they now understand or recognize their own name. In that sense, your communication will be easier because you will be able to get their attention just by calling their name. Also, they begin to understand the meaning of the word “no.” They will pause with the activity they are doing and look at you to see how serious you are when they hear this word.

If you listen carefully, you may hear the rhythm of speech in their babble. They will begin to combine consonants and vowels to resemble speech. Also, they will be able to understand some basic words, so you should label things for them and read lots of books to them.

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