On the Move!
Over the next few months, your baby will be on the go, scooting or beginning to crawl. Some babies may start crawling as early as 6 or 7 months, others may begin crawling around 9 to 12 months. Some babies skip (or quit) the crawling stage and try walking instead. However it happens, your baby will be interested in moving and exploring in his environment.
Babies grow and develop at their own pace, and you should ask your child’s doctor if you have questions or concerns.
8 Month Milestones
Look what I can do …
- Get into a sitting position from the floor
- Scoot or begin to crawl
- Pull to standing position
- Stand while holding onto something
- Recognize familiar people, places and things
How You Can Help
- Childproof your home. Use baby gates to prevent falling down stairs or exploring unsafe areas. Lock cabinets and put away poisonous, breakable or harmful items. Childproof electrical outlets and hide or remove loose cords. Secure TVs, shelves and anything else that baby may pull or lean on. Use padding (e.g., foam corners) to cover fireplace bricks or sharp corners of tables. When you think you’re done childproofing, baby will probably show you a few more things he can get into. Do your best to stay one step ahead!
- Ready, set, scoot! Your baby may start out scooting or creeping along on her bottom or army crawling inch by inch on her belly. She may move sideways, backward or spin around in a circle. With time, she’ll find her favorite way to get from point A to point B. Encourage her to move by placing favorite toys across the room.
- Build towers. Use blocks or cardboard boxes to build towers for baby to knock over while sitting or standing.
- Help your child with separation anxiety. Your baby may start to show signs of separation anxiety. He may be outgoing around his family, but reserved or anxious around strangers. He may cling to familiar adults and cry when you leave him with other caregivers. You can build trust by giving him time to get to know new people. Let baby watch the new person from a comfortable distance at first. Talk to your child and let him know what will happen next. Always give hugs and say goodbye before you leave.
Avoid Comparing and Competing
Babies start crawling, talking and walking at different ages. Try to steer clear of comparing your child’s achievements to others. Remind yourself that one day your child will be running, jumping and speaking in full sentences … but for now, there’s no reason to rush through these milestones. Check in with your child’s doctor if you have concerns about your baby’s growth and development.
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