In the series of baby growth, today, I will be talking about the health and development of 8 month’s baby.
At this age, your baby is more active than ever. He manages to crawl and you can hardly control him from going to one corner of the house to the other. There are things that you can give your 8 months’ baby to eat, whereas there are many foods that you should avoid in this age. You will notice an immense change in your baby’s communication and physical strength. Let us learn more about health and development of 8 months’ baby.
In the 8th month, you will notice how your baby will make great efforts to stand up, leaning on the surrounding furniture.
At 8 months, your baby will show awesome changes in his physical abilities. Now, you will notice that he is eager to go alone and explore the environment as much as possible. Although you have to wait for some more time before you can see your baby taking his first steps, yet you will be able to see him standing by his one, but backed by some furniture around him.
At 8 months, the baby can turn on both sides and can roll. He controls his head well. Your baby can listen the sound and return to the source. At every unpleasant noise, you can expect reactions of discomfort.
By this month, a baby will be able to understand time. Though it is hard to understand how he perceives. Like, with dark, he will understand that it is time for the father to come home.
According to WHO, at the age of 8 months, an average weight of boy weighs between 7.0 – 10.5 kg, while a girl will record slightly less, between 6.3 – 10.0 kg.
According to WHO, a boy of 8 months will measure around 66.5 – 74.7 cm, while the height of girls the same age will be between 64.3 – 73.2 cm.
At this age, the baby sleeps on average 13-14 hours a day. Normally, your baby should sleep all night without interruption, but there are children who, at this age, wake up at least once in the night.
This month plays an important role in the development of communication, language, and speech. This is the month or stage where the development of self-consciousness begins and your baby starts to perceive himself as a person, distinct from others.
It occurs when the baby begins to recognize himself in the mirror. Additionally, he begins to understand the objects and their cause-effect relationship. Your baby manages to anticipate the daily routine of activities – for example, at this age, he will understand that if he is on the bed, then it is time to sleep, etc.
In this month, a baby begins to express his liking or disliking not only for toys but for food as well. He can refuse certain foods by turning his head or pushing it with the hand.
The 8-month baby understands more words than he/she can express. For example, when you mention words like papa, mommy, food, milk, water, etc., you will see him quickly turning his eyes towards the objects or the person mentioned.
Diversification of food is quite advanced at this age and you can introduce as many new foods as you want. However, you are not supposed to overlook the importance of mother’s milk.
Do get me right here that the baby still needs a daily serving of 710-950 ml of breast milk or formula milk powder (if breast milk is not available for any reason). In addition to this, one can include solid meals like cereals, fruits and vegetables, and purees. Also, do keep in mind that there are foods like egg white, creams, puddings, honey, peanut butter, fish, berries, seeds and nuts etc., that are not good for the baby, and should be avoided, even at this age.
At this age, a baby develops chew abilities. However, you need to make sure that whatever fruit you gave him to eat, is properly chopped into pieces that are large enough for the baby to swallow. The logic is to avoid any risk of food coughing. Keep an eye on him when he has small pieces of food in his hand, but also objects of the same size.
5Tips for Parents
- As in this month, your baby starts to crawl and roam around here and there in the house. So, you should cover all the sharp edges that can hurt your baby.
- You should cover the sharp edges of furniture with sponge.
- In the 8th month, your baby tries to stand on his own with the support of furniture and other items. There are chances of accidents. So, you should not let him play around things that can fall easily, such as the vase, light table, etc. You should either remove those from that place or you should not allow your baby around those.
- Do not force your child to stay with a stranger, if he shows any sign of displeasure.
- As your baby is more mobile now, keep all drugs or poisonous substances away from his reach.
- Also, do not forget about the required vaccination.
What interesting or unusual things did you notice in your baby, when he was 8 months old? We would love to hear!