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Eighth Month | Monthly Developments

Find out what skills and milestones to look for based on the month and week of your little one's life – or peek ahead at what's coming next.

Your baby is now ready to blow a kiss to you. You can hear the words “mama” or “dada” from your baby.

Height and weight of your baby

  • doneThe normal height for eight months old baby boy is 66.5 – 74.7 cm and baby girl is 64.3 – 73.2 cm.
  • doneThe normal weight for eight months old baby boy is 7.0 – 10.5 kg and baby girl is 6.3 – 10.0 kg.

Physical development

  • doneNow, your baby may be well crawling.
  • doneHe or she may be getting about by bottom shuffling.
  • doneHe or she is already rolling over.
  • doneYour baby may try to stand while holding onto something.

Cognitive development

  • doneAs your baby grows, he or she will get better at learning to think.
  • doneNow, the eyesight of your baby is getting good as an adult’s.
  • doneWatch your baby spot something across the room to which he or she can either point insistently. If your baby has already started walking with the help of walker, he or she may try to crawl towards it.

Linguistic development

  • doneYour baby may be babbling now.
  • doneHe or she may already be saying ‘mama’ and ‘dada’.
  • doneKeep talking to your baby.
  • doneDon’t get anxious if your baby is not talking as he or she will talk in their own good time.

Social-emotional development

  • doneYour baby is able to express himself or herself better.
  • doneYour baby may clap his hands when he or she is excited.
  • doneHe or she may blow a kiss to familiar people to whom he or she is happy to see.
  • doneHe or she may also start waving goodbye.

Vaccinations for your 8 months old baby

Your doctor may recommend the following vaccinations for your baby.

  • done3rd dose of Hepatitis B, if not recommended earlier.
  • done3rd dose of DPT-IPV (Diphtheria, whooping, cough, tetanus and polio), if not recommended earlier.
  • doneA single dose of BCG (Tuberculosis), if not recommended earlier.

Baby care tips

  • doneNever leave your baby unattended during mealtimes.
  • doneKeep watching your baby and provide support to him or her wherever required.
  • doneReading, singing, and talking are much better ways of keeping your baby entertained.

Your Baby’s Diet

  • doneBreast milk should remain the first priority for your baby’s feed.
  • doneYour baby is ready to eat some solid home-made foods like semi liquid iron fortified cereals, pureed vegetables and fruits.
  • doneYou can improve your baby’s chewing skills by adding finger foods to his or her mealtime such as banana, toast, mashed or pureed meat.

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