There are lots of things going on with your baby at eight months. Here are some of the things she's probably doing.
Your Baby Month-by-Month: Bumps and Falls
Although no parent wants to see their child fall down, crashing to the floor is a part of normal development, especially at this age. Babies need to learn their limits and this includes the occasional fall! This is why babyproofing is particularly important. Use gates on stairs, electric covers and padded corners on tables, and fireplace ledges to keep your eight-month-old safe. Also, remember to always use the safety straps in your stroller and high chair.
Your Month-to-Month Baby: Eight Months
There are a few things you can do to help your baby's month-by-month development.
Buy a toy phone! Babies love to pretend they're talking on the phone and they love to push buttons! To keep your phone safe from little hands and drooly mouths and to help develop her imagination and hand coordination, buy your baby her own toy phone.
Babyproofing is vital, but it's probably not enough. Instead, get down on the floor and see things from your baby's perspective. You may see a few things that need some attention.
Play peek-a-boo with your baby, but let her be the one to hide. Show her how to cover her face with her hands or cover her with a blanket and let her pull it off herself.
Let her feed herself. She may make a mess and get more on the floor than in her mouth, but this is excellent hand-eye coordination practice.
Troubleshooting Your Baby at Eight Months
While sometimes a baby at eight months is talking, others aren't saying a word. If your baby isn't talking yet, keep talking to her! Babies will talk when they're ready and there's nothing wrong with a baby who waits a little longer to speak. If you're worried, mention it to your child's pediatrician, but chances are good that nothing's wrong.
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