Your Baby at 8 Months

Here are growth and development patterns of a child at eight months. Each step listed represents an average of a time span of 6 to sometimes 12 weeks that is considered within the normal range for that behavior. Don't be concerned if your child is not doing something listed here. Each baby develops at her own pace.

Body Movement

  • Becomes more coordinated as muscles in neck, back, hips grow stronger.
  • While creeping, holds his weight on one hand to reach for toy.
  • Crawls up on hands and knees with chest and abdomen parallel to floor.
  • May stand up by leaning against something with hands free.
  • Sits without support when legs are out flat in front.
  • Likes playing with his toes; reaches for his feet with both hands.

Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Grasps larger objects with thumb and first and second fingers.
  • Still reaches for an object with fingers overextended.
  • Enjoys banging objects to hear sound and see the effects on the object. Is able to bang two objects together. Still mouths, chews and shakes objects.
  • Uses either hand indiscriminately. When you hand her an object, she will sometimes use her right hand to grasp it and other times her left hand.
  • Develops throwing as a controlled motion from hand and arm. Will throw an object repeatedly to see what happens.
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