Ready to move in new ways, your baby gets ready to cruise.
This month, your 8-month old is crawling, cruising, and experimenting with all-new ways to explore the world around her. When your baby is standing, encourage her by holding her favorite toy just out of reach and getting her to “cruise” along the furniture to get it.
Time to mix it up and introduce new foods.
Month 6 is a good time to consider introducing new foods in addition to breast milk, such as:
- Small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese. However, try to avoid cow’s milk until age 1 or until your child’s healthcare provider gives you the OK.
- Iron-fortified cereals such as rice, barley, wheat, oats, and mixed cereals.
- Mashed fruits and vegetables such as bananas, peaches, pears, avocados, cooked carrots, squash, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Eight months old, and ready to roll.
All babies develop at different rates. You should not be concerned if your baby does something later or earlier than your friend's children. In general, by the end of your baby's eighth month, she will likely be able to do the following:
- “Inspect” toys
- Say “dada” without necessarily knowing what it means
- Move from laying on her stomach to a sitting position
Reaching beyond – helping your 8-month-old learn new skills
Simple and effective, these techniques can help you keep baby entertained and help her grow strong:
- Encourage her to bounce up and down while supporting her in a standing position (This is great fun)
- Help your baby stand when she is near a stable, sturdy object, urging him to use it for balance (Once she is able to pull up to stand in her crib, make sure the mattress is in the lowest setting for safety)
- When your baby is standing, hold her favorite toy just out of reach and try to get her to "cruise" along the furniture to get the toy
- Place a toy out of reach and encourage her to get the toy by crawling on her hands and knees
Bedtime made easy – creating rituals for restful nights
Near the end of this first year, it's a great time to create more involved bedtime rituals, such as reading the same book to him that your mother read you, rocking, or doing quiet activities together.
While it only takes 10 to 30 minutes, your bedtime ritual will help your baby look forward to bedtime, and find it easier to accept the separation from you when you finally leave the room. So that he'll be comfortable with anyone putting him to bed, it's good to involve loved ones early.
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If your baby has started teething, she might start waking up in the middle of the night uncomfortable and irritated.
To help soothe your baby’s gums, give her a cold, wet, or even frozen washcloth to chew on (however, remove the washcloth when she tires of it), or rub her gums gently yet firmly with a clean finger.
Always check with your pediatrician before giving your baby any pain-relieving medication.