Your Baby At 8 Months
It's amazing how quickly babies can become mobile once they're on the way. By 8 months, your baby is likely to be crawling. If they're not quite there yet though, don't worry. Some babies take a little bit longer, or might just prefer to get around by shuffling on their bottoms or sliding along on their tummy instead; then might skip straight to standing or walking.
As your baby prepares to explore more; make extra sure your home is baby-friendly. It can be easier to spot potential hazards by getting down on their level, so have a look around for sharp corners, low cupboards, or rough flooring. You may want to install baby gates near stairs, and be aware that many babies love loose wires; so look out for hazards they might think look fun!
Now baby is on the move, you may be finding it hard to get things done. A play pen, or 'safe' play area where baby is contained can be useful, even if it just allows you to go the the toilet in peace.
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Now baby is likely to be developing a 'pincer grasp' (between thumb and first finger), it'll be much easier to pick up small items. The good news is that you could increase the range of finger foods you're including for any baby-led feeding (cooked pasta, bananas, toast, and hard boiled eggs all work a treat.
However, you might find that the 'game' of dropping or throwing things, and waiting for you to pick them up off the floor, becomes even more amusing.
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Back to work?
Are you returning to work, starting a new job, or continuing your work as a stay at home mom? Whatever path you're taking, can entail some complicated emotions, and it's perfectly natural to wonder if you are doing the right thing. Just remember that there was a reason for your decision, and that the help is out there to get you through the ups and downs.
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Coping with separation anxiety
It's natural for your baby to start showing signs of separation anxiety when you leave them in the care of others. In fact, it's a sign of normal, healthy development. We know it's never easy to see your baby upset. But even if your baby does cry as you leave, it should only be a few minutes before they're back on form.
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Of course, every baby does things at a slightly different rate; so let us know how your eight month old is getting on in the comment section below!