8 months: the beginning of socialization
If you have not secured the house earlier, now is the time to do it. Crawl at the level of the child, try to detect possible dangers. Remove fragile and sharp objects from the child’s field of activity so high that the baby does not reach them. Attach all not very stable furniture to the wall. This is especially true for dressers and whatnots.
In the child, most likely, 2-4 teeth have already erupted. Many mothers notice that the intervals between the teeth are quite large. Do not worry, most likely, they will close closer to two years, when all 20 deciduous teeth erupt.
In the diet at 8 months, you can add fruit. For a start – in pureed form, later – in small pieces. The rest of the introduced products – vegetables, cereals, meat – vary.
For the child, awareness of constancy is important, so keep the rituals created earlier. In addition, your eight-month-old baby is so attached to you that it begins to cry as soon as you leave even for a moment (for example, to another room). Anxiety about your care is normal. There are many reasons why you sometimes have to leave for a short while.
Short separation contributes to socialization, as the child adapts to another person with whom you leave him. Very soon, the baby will understand that you are always returning.
In addition, for mom, this is a great way to prevent depression and get out of the groundhog day state: a short walk with a friend, a coffee break in a cafe, a visit to a manicurist or a cosmetologist. While the baby gets used to socialization, staying with another person, you will understand that the sky will not collapse if you do not stay 24 hours a day with the child.
Leave the child at this time only with a person he knows. Strangers are perceived by children as a potential danger. This is a normal reaction.
♦ Able to sit for a while, sit down independently.
♦ Creeps on its own (at least it moves – even if it’s half a meter on its stomach).
♦ Holds toys well, easily manipulates them, shifts them from hand to hand, tries to put small toys in a bucket, purposefully throws toys.
♦ Distinguishes people well – friend or foe.
♦ Trying to stand at the support (many children at this age begin to not only stand at the support, but also walk, holding on to the support).
♦ Diversifies the combination of syllables, constantly doubles and triples syllables.
At 8 months, the child begins an objective game. So, for example, if you show your baby that you can talk on a toy phone, applying it to your ear, then soon he will repeat this action for you.
Initial development of speech
Now and further try to actively use onomatopoeia: how the car goes, how the dog or cat “says”, how the plane flies. The child pays attention to new objects, try to say what they are called every time.
How to play
Introduce your child to soap bubbles. Everyone loves them. He will be happy to catch and pop iridescent balls.
Often the kid himself starts a game. Sitting in a chair or a stroller, he begins to throw toys on the floor and waits for you to pick them up. For your child, this is just a game, not his whims. Support her.
The baby is already starting to remember his toys and some are starting to bother him. You can just take away some of the toys away, and after a week show them again to him. He will again enjoy the “new” toys.
What feels and how it behaves
It is completely natural for your child to be anxious when you go somewhere and leave him in the care of others. In fact, this is a sign of normal development of the child.
Help him ease the farewell:
♦ Affectionately, say goodbye to the child. Do not delay the farewell, say that you will return soon.
♦ If he is scared or crying, hold back to calm yourself and calm the baby, but remember that you help him develop attachments to other people.
♦ After saying goodbye, do not come back and do not see how he is there, as this will only complicate the moment of parting for both of you.
♦ If it calms you down, call when you get to where you were going. Most likely, he stopped crying right after you left.
♦ After returning, hug, kiss the child. At this moment, bodily contact is important. The child needs to know that his mother is nearby, his mother did not abandon him.
Remember – this is an important stage of growing up. All people go through this.
The main task of parents at this age: to create a safe – not only physically, but also psychologically – environment for the child.
The child must be sure that mom and dad love him no matter what, that they always return, even if they leave for a short time, that if help is needed, parents will always be there and ready to help. This confidence in loved ones fosters self-confidence in the child.