Your baby is eight months old!
Baby has become quite the observer. He’s very aware of his surroundings and what’s happening around him. If you have a tendency to lose your cool in high-pressure situations, you’ll want to dial the emotions back—baby’s watching and learning. One thing that probably stresses out your eight-month-old baby is separating from you. If baby fusses when you leave him, try not to let it get to you. It’s baby’s way of telling you he misses you! And separation anxiety is actually an indicator of a good parent-child bond. Plus, baby’s caregiver will be able to distract him and stop the crying pretty quickly after you leave.
Baby keeps on growing—and keeps on going! It’s unbelievable how much your little one is moving these days, isn’t it?
8-Month-Old Baby Weight & Length
We know you’re wondering: How much should an 8-month-old weigh? Average weight for an 8-month-old baby is 17.5 pounds for girls. Average 8-month-old weight is 19.0 pounds for boys. Average length is 27.1 inches for girls and 27.8 inches for boys, according to the World Health Organization.
Of course, height and weight can vary widely between healthy babies, so as long as baby is growing at a healthy rate—on a steady curve on the chart at the doctor’s office—and the pediatrician doesn’t see any signs of a problem, your baby’s growth is right on track.
- Baby still sees better close up than far away but is now able to spot things from across the room.
- She can better eyeball distance and depth, making it easier to reach out and grab things.
- Textures and shapes are captivating to baby! Tags and handles might seem especially exciting to touch and feel, and baby’s making the connection that different shapes are, well, different!
What Should my 8-Month-Old Be Doing?
- Sitting. He can probably sit up by himself—but you’ll still need to catch him sometimes—and is beginning to lean over to pick up toys.
- Moving and grooving. After sitting comes rolling, crouching, twisting and rocking while kneeling. All of this is gearing up for crawling (if he hasn’t yet!). When baby’s on the floor, he’s in constant motion!
- Getting ready to crawl. Some 8-month-olds who are not crawling are rolling around, “creeping” or scooting to get where they want to go. If your 8-month-old is not crawling, she’s still within the normal range; some babies crawl closer to 10 months. Others skip crawling altogether and go straight to walking!
Is My 8-Month-Old Healthy?
Having a baby seems like a never-ending search for answers to health questions. Here are some common things parents ask:
- My 8-month-old is constipated. What should I do?
- My 8-month-old has diarrhea. What should I do?
- My 8-month-old is vomiting. What should I do?
- My 8-month-old has a fever. What should I do?
8-Month-Old Baby Feeding
Now that baby’s eating solid foods—and still drinking formula or breast milk—it’s easy to get overwhelmed by how much of what he should be consuming. Just remember: The fluids are still where an eight-month-old baby gets the majority of his nutrition.
Think about it this way: Your baby needs between 750 and 900…