Development and Characteristics of an Eight Month Old Baby

Parenting September 27, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 8 Month Old Baby



How I Grow

  • I crawl backward and forward on my stomach.
  • I pull myself up by holding onto furniture, but I have trouble getting back down.
  • I stand up if I lean against something.
  • I sit without support for several minutes. My neck and back are getting stronger, so I can sit up straighter now.
  • I hold onto a toy, such as a rattle, for several minutes.
  • I reach for things and hold them with my thumb and first and second fingers.
  • I pick up small things, such as pieces of string.

How I Talk

  • I let you know if I am happy, sad, or scared by the sounds that I make.
  • I still babble a lot and shout to get your attention. I am now an “advanced” babbler, which means I’m making sounds in my family’s language. Spanish babies “speak” Spanish; Russian babies “babble” in Russian.
  • I recognize some words.
  • I watch and try to copy your mouth movements.

How I Understand

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  • I am very curious and want to explore everything. I empty drawers, tear magazines, and turn things topsy-turvy. Be sure everything that can harm me is out of reach.
  • I know how to solve simple problems, such as making a toy bell ring.
  • I understand more of what you say. I know the meaning of "in" and "out."
  • I remember events that just happened.
  • I like to look at pictures and have you name what's in them.

How I Respond

  • I like to pat and kiss my reflection in the mirror.
  • I turn and listen when I hear familiar sounds such as the telephone ringing or someone saying my name.
  • I love to imitate people I know.

How I Feel

  • I am frightened by new experiences and new people.
  • I am upset when you leave me, even if it's for a short time.
  • I feel so relieved when you return.
  • I'm upset when people make a lot of fuss over me.
  • I get frustrated or lose my temper when I can’t find something.

Learn more about Your 8 Month Old Baby from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.
Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.