At the age of eight months, your baby has gained a lot of new strength. He/she may be able to pull himself up to a standing position while holding onto furniture. Now that he/she is always on the move, try to make your home safer for him/her. You should, at least, remove all fragile objects or rickety furniture so that they don’t topple on your baby.
Your baby will probably be able to spot any toy from across the room. He/she can also crawl over to get it. He/she will be able to pick small objects using his/her thumb and fingers. As it will inevitably end up in his/her mouth, be careful about what is lying around him/her.
By eight months he/she will sleep for an average of 13 to 14 hours a day. Two naps, one in the morning and one in the afternoon are needed. Try to maintain a consistent sleep routine.
Your baby at this age will also be able to express himself/herself better. He may clap when he is excited, give kisses to familiar people, if he/she is happy to see them, he/she may even wave goodbyes.
While you may still be nursing him or giving him some quantity of formula milk every day, he/she should be introduced to a variety of foods like cereals, fruits and vegetables. As the quantity of solid food increases, breast milk or formula feeds will decrease.
He may be able to understand and anticipate daily routines and make associations – like when he/she is on the bed it is sleep time, when he/she is on the high chair it is mealtime, etc. He/she is developing his/her likes and dislikes. He/she may spit out what he/she dislikes, or even cry in protest if you feed what he/she does not want. Conversely, he/she may smile when you give him/her something of his/her choice. Babies at this stage like foods which are sweet to taste. But some researchers say sweets must be given in very measured quantities.
At this age, he may also understand some basic words like “bye-bye” or “milk” or “water”.
He/she will love to explore objects by shaking them, banging them, dropping them. He/she will also love to watch you pick up any object dropped by him. He/she may find it interesting to see it again and again and repeat his/her actions.