8 months

01. See your doctor if you see these symptoms


Any reduction in activity needs your attention. If in any doubt, see your doctor.


02. Physical capabilities / milestones achieved


Your eight months old baby gains body strength rapidly. He can pull himself up holding onto furniture. In a few weeks he will start walking around holding on to furniture. By now your baby crawls around a lot. He crawls fast and you might find it difficult to keep up with him. Some babies sit, crawl and then walk while some just skip crawling and go straight to walking. Now your baby uses his senses purposefully. He can spot a bright toy across the room, crawl towards it, pick it up and handle it. Your baby manipulates small objects with relative ease now. Your baby picks small objects up using his thumb and forefinger. This is a rudimentary pincer grasp.


03. Psychological capabilities / milestones achieved


Now your baby has a well-developed sleep wake cycle. He starts napping during day time. Each nap is on average an hour long.


Previously your baby expressed his displeasure when you went out of his sight. He did not know if you would come back. Now he knows that you will come back even though you go out of his sight. Your baby may cry when you go out of the room, but do not worry. It is a simple adjustment response.


Your baby now understands his daily routine. He knows to sleep when you put him in his cot. He knows he is about to get something tasty to eat when you put him up in his feeding chair. Now your baby may obey a simple command; say bye-bye etc. You might want to switch on the television and place your baby in front of it so you can get things done around the house. But pediatricians do not recommend TV till 2 years old.


04. Specific ailments / medical condition to look out for


Viral infections are very common these days.


05. Average weight and height


Refer to the child weight chart provided by the ministry of health before deciding whether your child is having the weight/height to match it’s age.

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