Developing Independence With Your 8 Month Old Baby
New ways to play with your baby
Your baby is developing independence; this is the time to enjoy each other’s company and start to relax a bit more.
Feeding your baby
In addition to purees, you can now start experimenting with some soft textures, such as banana pieces, stewed fruits, and soft-boiled vegetables.
Some experts say babies sometimes need to taste foods up to 15 times before accepting them, so prepare small amounts of different foods and freeze them for easy feeds through the week.
Sleep and settling
It’s very common for sleep patterns to be disrupted during teething, when your baby has a cold, or if you’re on holidays and sleeping in unfamiliar environments. Don’t be discouraged if it feels like all your hard work is unraveling. Just keep things as normal as you can; you can’t always control everything, so just take a deep breath.
Continue to work on comfort settling.
Time to play
Your baby will have a favourite toy, and probably enjoys dropping it for you to pick up. What fun! You can create more opportunities for play by using that toy or other objects to play ‘peek-a-boo’ under a blanket. Your baby is learning that when things seem to disappear, they are actually still there. You can also partially hide a toy and let your baby uncover it.
Baby’s developmental milestones
- Crawling and shuffling
- Developing a strong ‘pincer’ grip
Check your calendar
- Now might be a great time to look at parent and baby movie sessions. They’re a great way to meet other parents and everyone understands your little one will make noise. It’s a nice break to get out and about and you can feed baby whenever needed.
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Please note: These articles are meant to give you a general sense of the growth and development of your newborn baby. However, it’s important to remember that every baby grows and develops at their own pace.