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8 to 9 months old

Katie de Klee
How your baby will grow and develop, some great tips and what to expect from the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Your baby can crawl towards a toy they want.
  • Insatiable curiosity.
  • Still napping twice a day.
  • Your baby is eating a variety of food.
  • Separation anxiety.
How your baby is developing:
Babies at eight months still need quite a lot of milk, but at mealtimes you can introduce them to a variety of other foods. Your baby is good at grabbing things with their fingers, so you can also include finger food. Put bite-sized pieces of food on your baby’s high chair tray or on a plastic plate, and let them choose what they want to eat. Babies can develop favourite foods (and dislike foods) surprisingly early on.

Your baby is getting stronger and more mobile as they grow older. Your baby’s vision is also getting clearer and if they see a toy across the room that they want, they will head towards it. Make sure everything that is not a toy is high up and out of your baby’s reach.

Your baby will still be trying to communicate a lot and mumbling little sounds. They will also understand the meaning of some words now, and respond to simple commands. Separation anxiety is not necessarily what you’re feeling, but what your baby might be feeling. Babies as young as eight months old can be afraid of strangers and unfamiliar places. You can help by trying to get your baby familiar with new people.

Tips for you this month:
Your baby is getting pretty speedy, so make sure you never leave a cup of tea or coffee where they can grab it. All this learning to move around can result in a lot of tumbles and rolls. Be ready to comfort your baby if they suddenly knock into something – some bruises only need a hug to heal. If you’re not sure if your home is entirely baby-proofed, you can crawl around for a bit to see if there is anything hazardous in your baby’s way. Just make sure you don’t have any surprise visitors while you’re on all fours!

Try changing the toys your baby plays with. Sometimes a break from an old toy can make it exciting again. Also remember to spend some time with your partner. Life with a baby can mean less quality time together and you may find you have to make a real effort to spend alone time with each other.
This month’s To Do list:
  • Book your baby’s nine month check-up and immunisations.
  • Buy your baby some cute new clothes.
  • Take your baby out for the day.
  • Think about taking a family holiday, even if it’s just a weekend away.
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
When deciding what to feed your baby, it’s best to keep to soft foods they can manage with their gums. If you are giving your baby food they can pick up with their fingers, stick to chunks of soft fruit or bread and pasta.

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