Babies come in all shapes and sizes, but baby development at 7-8 months typically has a few things in common. Here’s what your baby might be doing, how you can help and when to see a child health professional.
Baby development at 7-8 months: What’s happening
Your baby’s emotions are developing, and your baby lets you know when they're happy or upset. Your baby might show strong
attachment to you and other close family members or carers, but they're still a bit afraid of new faces. This might show up as
separation anxiety and
fear of strangers, which are typical parts of children’s development around this age.
At this age your baby might also:
You’ll be surprised at how far your baby can roll and crawl, so always watch your baby and never leave them unattended on a sofa, change table or bed. Now is a good time to look at making your home safe for your baby to move around in.
Helping baby development at 7-8 months
Here are a few simple things you can do to help your baby’s development at this age:
Sometimes your baby won’t want to do some of these things – for example, they might be too tired or hungry. Your baby will use special baby cues to let you know when they've had enough and what they need.
Parenting an eight-month-old
As a parent, you’re always learning. It’s okay to feel confident about what you know. And it’s okay to admit you don’t know something and ask questions or get help.
Never shake a baby. It can cause bleeding inside the brain and likely permanent brain damage.
When to be concerned about baby development
See your paediatrician or General Practitioner (GP) if you have any concerns or notice that your eight-month-old is having any of the following issues.
Seeing, hearing and communicating
You should also see a health professional if you notice that your baby has lost skills that they once had.
You should also see your paediatrician or General Practitioner if you notice the signs of postnatal depression in women or postnatal depression in men in yourself or your spouse. Symptoms of postnatal depression include feeling sad and crying for no obvious reason, feeling irritable, having difficulty coping and feeling very anxious.
Baby development issues
All babies develop in the same order but at different rates. There are signs that can tell you that a baby might be experiencing a delay in development. If you’re worried about your baby’s development, it’s a very good idea to have your child checked out by your General Practitioner or paediatrician.
Developmental delay in babies
If you’re worried about your baby’s development or you suspect a delay in development, you should talk with your General Practitioner or paediatrician. There’s no need to feel embarrassed if you're worried about your baby.
Children grow and develop at different speeds. If you’re worried about whether your child’s development is ‘normal’, it might help to know that ‘normal’ varies a lot. But if you still feel that something isn’t quite right, see your paediatrician or General Practitioner.
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