The typical eight-month-old is indeed off to far off places in the world as she can rather reach and also play like a madman once she gets there.
Her vastly improved dexterity, ability to focus and language skills do make playtime more exciting than ever. One can expect plenty of baby conversation and possibly a distinct “mama” or “da-da” in the coming weeks. And while one’s comprehension is still limited, one tiny troublemaker will soon get the meaning of the word “no” as she does hear it (a lot) over the next decade or so. Baby signing may indeed help bridge the communication gap between the two of oneself, so if one is interested, and now is the time to have indeed a good start.
Another of course rather exciting discovery around the eight-month mark: the genitals, which do indeed seem to provide endless fascination whenever they are available for self-inspection. That is indeed normal, as is utter exhaustion for Mom as one does try to cope with action-packed days and (possibly still) sleepless nights.
One does need to make sure to take time to recharge one’s batteries; taking a break and also clearing one’s head is good for oneself and, therefore, good for one’s baby.
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WHAT TO EAT AT 8 TO 10 MONTHS OF AGE?
It is indeed felt that an infant should not be started on solid foods until after 6 months of age. Many pediatricians do still tend to start babies on solids around 4 months of age. This chart does accommodate all ages and stages up to 12 months.
Try mixing the grains that one’s baby has had without any reaction(s). One does need to begin offering pieces of bread as well as muffins when a baby has mastered mashing more textured foods. Pasta makes for great finger foods.
One needs to begin making one’s fruit combinations once a baby has had several fruits without any reaction(s). One can also try out Papaya and Melon Swirl. After 8 months old – one may also wish to try offering raw ripe fruits. Soft cooked fruits are indeed a good initial start as Baby Finger Foods.
One can go in for soft cooked veggies that do make for great beginner Baby Finger Foods. Try mixing up a veggie medley now. Add some grated cheese for some extra temptation and taste. Saute or rather roast some onions or peppers to add to the baby’s food or serve as finger foods. Make a Leek and Chicken Potato Mash.
Once one’s baby has reached 8 months old, try an Egg Yolk Omelet – the perfect chance to slip in some veggies.
One does need to get adventurous with Cheeses and Yogurts now. Soft Cheeses such as Brie does pose health risks so hold off on those. Avocado mashed with a bit of cream cheese – YUM.
What developments to expect from one’s baby at 8 months old.
One may also notice one’s baby’s cries or whimpers when one sees another baby crying – this is referred to as ‘reflexive crying’ and is also the beginnings of feeling empathy for others, something that will indeed develop slowly over the next few years.
Some babies may choose a favorite soft toy and will make use of it as a security object, dribbling on it and dragging it around everywhere. If so, this is the time to visit shops for a second one just in case it does get lost or in case one wants to sneak it into the washing machine. Many babies are not fussy about a favorite toy.