8 Month Milestones, For Your Baby Or Twins!
Your Baby, Or Twin Babies, In The 8th Month
Twins are now 8 months & 3 wks. old.
8 month old twins
You have made it to the glorious, 8th month, with your beautiful baby, or twins, and you wonder, what your baby will be doing next?
Well, here is your guide, to some milestones, that can occur, during, and by the end of, month 8. Remember always, there is no need to panic, if your child, is not doing everything on this list.
It is simply a guideline, but should you have any concerns, do bring them to your doctor’s attention.
Month 8…Here we go!
#1) Baby may start crawling, on hand and knees at this point.
Even if it doesn’t look like a full crawl, a lot of babies, are finding their own funky ways of crawling, to their desired location. Remember, that for some babies, this milestone never occurs, and some will simply start standing, and walking, leaving out, the crawling part, which is normal and fine to. If you haven’t been baby proofing your home, now is the time, as baby is more mobile, then ever before!
#2) Can likely get from her back to a seated position, and from a seated position onto her belly.
Some babies are more active and energetic in these feats, then are others, so if yours is still just hanging out, and not flying from back to sitting to front, and flipping about, no worries. It all will happen soon enough.
#3) Baby pulling up to stand
It’s amazing, how it feels like yesterday, your baby wasn’t mobile at all, and is now doing things, that boggle your brain, this possibly being one of them. A lot of babies, at some point during the 8th month, start to pull themselves up to stand.
They might do this in the 7th month, or in the 9th, so don’t panic, just be sure and watch your baby intently, so she doesn’t flop out of her crib. If you have not lowered the crib mattress yet, DO IT NOW!
Babies use their arm and leg power, to hoist themselves up, from a sitting position, to a full stand. You will see on your babies face, how proud he or she is, of her new accomplishment. I have 1 twin who has done this since 7 months, and one just starting it now, in the final week and 1/2 of the 8th month. Some are just faster then others.
You may not be there yet, but look out baby! Once she is standing in her crib, or crawling to an end table, and pulling herself up. It isn’t long, before she will start testing out, some other skills, cruising (slowly at first), from place to place, using her hands and feet, to walk a bit to another location.
Now at this age, if your child is cruising, likely we are talking a small step, maybe two, not a fast pace race, along the side of the couch. That will be coming soon enough!
#5) Starting finger foods, and picking them up with his or her hands.
Your baby might have the desire and the dexterity, to not only start small finger foods, but to feed them to his or herself. Put small (VERY small), pieces of soft, cooked carrots, or pees, maybe even a dissolvable fruit puff by this point, and see what happens, when you place it on their high chair tray.
Some babies will simply throw the chunks off of their trays, or happily make a mess with what you put in front of them, as messes are getting more, and more fun to baby, but some might just surprise you, pick up the food, and dig right on on.
Just remember small foods, for such a tiny mouth, are potential choking hazards, so watch what you feed your infant(s). I see others saying cheerios. For me…NOT YET. Not at 8 months. They don’t dissolve, just buy the puffs that do, and/or use extremely small pieces of soft foods, and just be careful, about what you place on babies tray.
#6) Stands, and let’s go of one hand.
Once your baby is standing, there is no stopping them, and you will see, them letting go of one hand, and testing out their sense of balance. After that is mastered, you may notice your baby, taking the second hand off, but maybe not for another month or so.
I have one baby who is now, at 8.5 months, letting go altogether, and balancing for several seconds, but my other children, haven’t accomplished this until 9 and 10 months, so no worries, but you will notice first, the 1 hand off maneuver, as your baby gains more control over his body, and learns how he can keep his body erect, while removing his hands from objects.
Now is the time for lots of PILLOWS, PILLOWS, AND MORE PILLOWS!! Keep baby safe and cushioned, while practicing, his standing abilities. If in the crib, surround him with soft pillows, to break his fall. There may be a bump or two along the way, even for the very best of parents, but nothing will discourage your baby, once their mind is set, on standing, and then walking, which will come soon enough now!
#7) Baby likes to make music, by bashing things together.
Get out the pots and pans, because your little drummer, is likely ready to pound! Babies of this age, like to make noise. I have one that makes noise, using her own mouth, to make spitting and clicking sounds, and one that like to thrash things together, and practice for her future band audition.
Whatever your baby is up to now, likely that it is far noisier then it once was. Give them things that they can crash together. It will excite them, and help them developmentally in the process.
#8) Can use their feet to pick up and move objects around.
I have a baby who can use her feet to do so many things. She’s like a seal, balancing a ball on the tip of her toes, instead of her nose. She puts objects in between her lower legs and feet, and moves them around. My other isn’t interested. But if your baby hasn’t been putting their feet in their mouth, and doing some funny things with them, you will start to see that happen now.
#9) Waving hello, and good bye, and clapping hands.
Your baby may now start waving, bye bye, and hello, not just when it seems to be warranted, but any time at all. Also, if not already, you may see your baby starting to clap their hands together.
Some babies are excited to start clapping, while others, don’t find it all that interesting, so don’t be worried, if they are taking their time, in this social feat. Some babies find such simple things intriguing, others..boring. All of these things will be common place, if not now, then soon enough.
#10) Fights hard to get out of reach objects.
Your baby now thinks he or she, is invincible. Baby thinks he wears a little superman cape, and can do absolutely anything. If he or she sees a far away object, they will stop at nothing, to get to it, whether you help them out, or not, and if they for some reason cannot get to what they desire, they will make their feelings quite known, with a frustrated scream or cry.
Baby reaches out very far now, scoots or crawls their way, to out of reach objects, may roll to the object, and very quickly now, indeed, and doesn’t forget easily, about the object they have their sights on. Not without accomplishing the goal, and retrieving the object. You may notice if you have twins, there is some fighting going on, over a toy they both want to hold. My twins are very funny and competitive in this way now.
It may be sad to watch, but it’s all part of life, growth, and development, and soon enough, they will claim their own stuff, in their own territory, and eventually (God willing), learn to even share, but right now, that isn’t happening, around here 😆 .
Tune in next time, as month 9 will be here, before we know it..sadly! (TOO fast!)