Your Baby's 8th Month
Learn about your baby's development at weeks 31-34
Pointing and Reaching
These days, your baby is very busy. His hands are constantly moving. He can handle objects well and continues perfecting the skill of using the opposable thumb. He has also learned how to use his index finger as a tool to push parts of toys and investigate small spaces.
Around this time some children start pointing at objects. They use their fingers to ask, “Hey, what is that toy called? How can I get to it to explore?” They may look at you for help.
Try to resist the urge to pick up the object and bring it back to Baby each time. Out of reach, interesting-looking objects are the perfect bait to inspire your little one to move.
Encourage him to try to reach the object himself. Can it be reached by lunging? Rolling? If he is getting frustrated, help him out by moving the object closer … that way he can stretch and reach it. Be sure to tell him the name of the object. Repeat it a few times. Watch him watching how your mouth is moving.
It is important to respect children as capable individuals and support their developing skills, including problem solving. Use enticing toys to set up situations for him to be successful. Learning to do things for himself supports a positive self concept and a happy attitude about his accomplishments.
Crawling and Standing
As if attempts to crawl aren’t exciting enough for Baby, he may now try to stand up. It is not so easy though: Not only does it require strong legs, but Baby must also figure out how to bend at the knee, grab above him, and shift his weight.
Once up, he doesn’t know how to get down. Most babies don’t care initially. They love to bounce, hold on with one hand, and shift weight from one foot to the other. But when their bodies become weary, they look to their caregivers for help. Talk to Baby about bending his knees and landing on his bottom. It may take a few more weeks before going down is as easy as going up.
If your baby doesn’t appear interested in standing yet, don’t be concerned. Remember, development comes in spurts. If your baby is not as interested in gross motor movements, he may not crawl or stand for a while still. If you have concerns, talk to your healthcare provider. Our advice—enjoy it while you can!
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