My baby's development: Month 8

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My 8-month-old baby: moving in big, new ways

Crawling and cruising are the hallmarks of this month as your 8-month-old baby experiments with all-new ways to explore the world around her. When your baby is standing, you can help by holding her favorite toy just out of reach and getting her to "cruise" along the furniture to get it.

8-month-old baby sleep patterns and tips
  • If your baby has started teething, she might start waking up in the middle of the night uncomfortable and irritated.
  • To help soothe your baby's gums, give her a cold, wet, or even frozen washcloth to chew on (however, remove the washcloth when she tires of it), or gently — yet firmly — rub her gums with a clean finger.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before giving your baby any pain-relieving medication.
  • Have questions about SIDS?

    Learn about SIDS at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
How to introduce new nutrition options into your 8-month-old baby's diet

How to introduce new nutrition options into your 8-month-old baby's diet

As your baby continues to grow and develop, she will need the right foods and nutrients to maintain her health.

Here are some new foods to consider in addition to breast milk or baby formula:

  • Small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese (However, try to avoid cows' milk until age 1 or until your pediatrician gives you the OK.)
  • Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)
  • Mashed fruits and vegetables (bananas, peaches, pears, avocados, cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, or sweet potatoes)

Create a bedtime ritual at 8 months old

Now is a great time to create more involved bedtime rituals, such as reading the same book or doing quiet activities together. A soothing activity that lasts 10 to 30 minutes is ideal. This will help your baby look forward to bedtime, and find it easier to accept the separation from you when you finally leave the room.


Help your 8-month-old baby develop a strong mind and body

Help your 8-month-old baby develop a strong mind and body

Your baby's fine-motor skills are developing every day. Support her progress with these helpful tips:

  • Encourage her to bounce up and down while supporting her in a standing position.
  • Help your baby stand when she is near a stable, sturdy object, and urge her to use it for balance.
  • Place a toy out of reach and encourage her to get it by crawling on her hands and knees.
  • Safety tip: Make sure the mattress in her crib is in the lowest setting once she is able to pull up to stand.

8-month-old baby developmental milestones

Please note that every baby develops on a different timetable, but by the end of month 8, your baby likely will be able to do the following:

  • Crawl
  • "Inspect" toys
  • Say "dada" without necessarily knowing what it means
  • Move into a sitting position from her stomach
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