8 Months Old Baby Developmental Milestones

8 Months Old Baby Milestones

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Dr. Gunjan Baweja (Paediatrician)
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Your eight-month-old is now nearing the big one! Feeling nostalgic about how the last eight months have flown by? An eight-month-old can now combine his motor skills with his sensory awareness to explore and seek adventures. His healthy growth accelerates his ability to move and coordinate. Your baby will now try to communicate with you much better, and use words and language. His curious little mind will raise his awareness of the environment around him, and his antics will leave you amused on more occasions than one.

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8 Months Old Development Milestones Chart

Supports weight on both legs when upright Stands holding support
Tracks moving objects Tries to follow and catch moving objects
Manipulates objects by passing them between hands Develops finer control of fingers for complex movements
Speaks words of simple syllables such as ‘M’, ‘D’, and ‘B.’ Improves on the range of spoken syllables
Understands basic repetitive instructions Can understand a wider range of unique instructions
Says “mama” and “dada” to any parent Uses the correct noun for each parent
Develops pincer grasp Can use hand to grab objects
Displays separation anxiety Becomes more enduring about separation
Gets into crawling position quite easily Attempts getting into standing position on his own
Understands the purpose of personal objects Remembers objects in the house


Major Milestones of 8 Months Old Baby

Your eight-month-old inching towards his first birthday just got a lot busier than before. Curiosity takes over from the moment he is awake, and every little thing piques his interest. It is time to baby-proof your house, as many things could find their way into your baby’s tiny mouth. As far as diet is concerned, your baby is developing taste, and may demand certain kinds of solid foods. Your baby is crawling really fast, even trying to stand up with support and doing some incredible things that you would want to capture in your memory forever. He may now refer to his parents as “mama” and “dada”, even if it is to the wrong parent!

Cognitive Development

Cognitive abilities pertain to the baby’s intellectual prowess, development of the brain, and ability to comprehend things around him.

  • Linguistic Skills

Your baby can now speak basic syllables with “B’,’M’ and ‘D’. He can associate basic nouns to things and even respond to names of his siblings.

  • Curiosity

Constantly on the move, your baby will detect and investigate everything from household items to toys. Your baby will grab things, probe deeply to understand their functionality, and try to decipher things.


  • Comprehends Basic Instructions

Your baby will learn and recall basic instructions and iteration used repeatedly. For example:- if you say “No” shaking your head, he will understand that it something that is not meant to be done, and obey you.

  • Track Objects

Try dropping the ball and watch with awe when your baby trails the object until it stops moving. At this stage, infants develop capabilities to foresee the path of falling or moving objects.

  • Pointing to Things with the Index Finger

Your baby will now use his index finger to point at objects that interest him.

  • Testing Reasons and Outcomes

Your baby will not try to get to the bottom of any object by testing it to its limits. This could involve throwing it, hitting it or banging it. He loves to get a response to his actions, and you might see your little one dropping his bottle or toy very frequently.

  • Relating Objects

Your baby will not associate objects with their purpose. For, e.g.: even if you offer an empty cup, he may put it in his mouth. If you swaddle your baby in a blanket, he will fall asleep.

Physical Development

These developments relate to the gross motor skills, dexterity of the muscles and physical strength.

  • Sits Without Support, & Bears Weight When Held Upright

Your baby will now get into the sitting position effortlessly and also stand upright with his weight balanced on his legs when you support him.

  • Develops Pincer Grasp

This is the ability to grasp an object using the first two fingers and thumb. Increase in arm strength and muscle growth enable the baby to pick up an object manipulate it and drop it.

  • Chew Food

Your baby will have his first few teeth by now, and will try to chew on foods. Try giving foods which are boiled and not raw. He will work on his reflexes to mince food inside his mouth.

  • Rolls in Both Directions, and Crawls

Your baby can do a 180-degree flip on either side when placed on his tummy. Between seven to ten months, babies crawl at an effortless speed.

  • Improved Vision

Enhanced vision aids your baby to judge the distance between two objects and coordinate his vision with his limb muscles. He can judge where and what he is crawling towards, and evade obstacles.

Social and Emotional Development Milestones

Your baby will now become more involved socially and emotionally. These accomplishments show his social skills, emotional disposition, and attitude towards people.

  • Separation Pangs

Your baby will show emotions of sadness or anxiety upon separation from a toy he dearly loves, or a person who has been very close to him.


  • Heartwarming Greetings

Your baby will smile or let out a chortle on seeing you, or a close relative or friend when they arrive. He understands the importance of certain individuals in the family unit or friend’s circle.

  • Signs of Empathy

Your baby will empathise with his peers, especially when they cry. You may spot a grim or sad look on his face when he sees someone like himself in distress.

Communication Skills

  • You may find your baby to be a budding Einstein with him using hand and arm gestures to communicate.
  • This is in addition to his linguistic skills where he uses basic syllables. Your baby will try and stretch his arms when he wants to be picked up.
  • Your baby will now understand the importance of the word “No”.
  • Keep talking to your child and engage in conversations to help him enhance his comprehending abilities.

When to Consult a Doctor

Here are some red flags that indicate some impediments in your child’s development:

  • Unable to Sit without Assistance

If your baby does not sit on his own even when you help him, then it could indicate some disorder. You must seek medical advice if you notice flaws in his posture, or if he topples on being propped up.

  • Stiff Muscles

When you place your baby straight and upright, his legs must push the ground naturally. If his arms and legs are curled up tight, then it is a cause for concern.

  • Makes No Sound or Noises

Your baby may not use words or muffled figures of speech, but he needs to make simple sounds to exercise his vocal chords. If your infant is awfully or abnormally quiet, and you seldom hear any sounds from him, then it could indicate a serious developmental delay.

  • Does Not Recognise Familiar Faces

Failure to recognise familiar faces like grandparents or primary caregivers could indicate a neurological disorder. Babies with such disorders are detached and not sociable.

  • Has a Poor Gaze

If your baby has trouble focusing on things, struggles to look for the source of sound, or is unable to track even slow-moving objects, then you need to consult a doctor.

Tips to Help Your Child Achieve 8-Month Milestones

You can support your baby to achieve the milestones that need to be accomplished at each stage with some dedicated effort. Indulge in stimulating activities to help him grow better.

  • Interactive Play Sessions

Engage in conversations with your baby and involve him in activities that will stimulate his curiosity and thought process to decipher information and enhance cognitive abilities.


  • Give Names to Objects and Individuals

Assign names to toys and introduce individuals as you would want them to be addressed. This will assist in the object-noun association, and your baby will eventually learn it.

  • Story-time

Read stories from brightly illustrated books. Point out each word and to improve his vision and ability to recognise colours.

  • Increase Social Interaction

Involve yourself in social groups, and meet new people to help your baby hone his social skills and enhance memory. This will also help to reduce stranger anxiety.

  • Play Games That Encourage Crawling

Crawling is an important activity to strengthen muscles. Introduce games like peek-a-boo or throwing and catching a ball to help him learn to walk.

Your eight-month-old baby would have a significant amount of accomplishments to his credit. You could nurture his skills by being hands-on and involving yourself in activities that will stimulate growth to aid his development faster.

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