Your new baby is a marvel. Bent on exploring his world, he’s pretty much unstoppable. And while it may not look as if he needs any help mastering new skills, a little boost from his parents can’t hurt, right?
Baby milestone: Scooting around the house
At about 8 months, your baby is probably in constant motion. He may be rocking back and forth, and sitting up, and could also be close to crawling - some pretty important motor development milestones. He will learn to focus on where he wants to go, and concentrate on scooting, sliding, or crawling to get there. This means coordinating his legs and arms, and digging his little hands into the floor to push or pull himself forward.
What you can do: Get down on the floor with your baby. Place a favorite toy in front of you or call his name over and over again to entice your little one to move toward you. This will encourage your tot to develop his coordination skills. Once your baby’s crawling, set up a small obstacle course with pillows or blocks. This will help teach him how to move from side to side, further enhancing his motor development.
Baby milestone: Getting curious
All that moving around will have your baby curious about the new things she is seeing and touching. This playing will eventually allow her to understand specific names and functions.
What you can do: Allow your child to explore her surroundings in a safe way. For example, boost your child’s development by gathering household objects that your baby will be intrigued by, such as a soft spatula or plastic containers that fit inside of one other. Remember, your little one will be putting almost everything in her mouth, so ensure any makeshift toys are not choking hazards.
Baby milestone: Becoming a bookworm
While your little one might not say any words for a while, it’s never too early to introduce her to books and reading. Reading to your baby helps build language comprehension and vocabulary and sets the stage for literacy. It also boosts listening and memory skills, so start when she is a newborn and don’t put those books down!
What you can do: Placing your baby in your lap and allowing her to interact with the book as you read is a great start for children this age. Show her how to open the book, and let her bat and point at the pages. Don’t expect your baby to be able to sit still for long, but know that these simple interactions are helping to encourage a lifetime of reading. Your child’s development is mesmerizing, to say the least. Consider keeping a journal to record all of her achievements. It will be fun to look back at the book together when she’s older!