8 Month Old Baby Development: Babbling Baby
Your kid is a total ROCK STAR! Never mind that so far his rock star tendencies err on the side of demanding and impatient. Think of it this way: You could be waiting hand-and-foot on a true diva or bad boy. At least in this case your "beck and call" is being served upon a totally adorable kid ... who you happen to be totally in love with.
What You're Thinking: "Would madam like sparkling water to accompany her pureed broccoli?"
- It might start sounding like your baby is auditioning for his own talk show these days with all the babbling going on. What's most impressive is that lately it sounds like he's actually making sense—albeit in a language you don't understand, but still ...
- At this time, lots of babies will get upset if you take something away from them (kinda like you when the waiter takes your dessert plate before you've had a chance to lick it). The easiest plan if he gets hold of something you need back is to make a trade. Give him a toy or other interesting object in exchange for it. (When he gets older, cash works as an exchange, too.)
- Your baby probably understands the word "no" now, but don't expect him to follow it. Though, he might at least reward you with a cute little look just before he disobeys ...
- You just remembered to use that baby footprint and handprint kit you wanted to use seven months ago (and you were able to find it!).
- You couldn't resist: You bought your girl ballet shoes she can't wear for quite some time.
- You couldn't resist: You bought your boy basketball shoes he can't wear for quite some time.
- You couldn't resist: You bought your boy the dance shoes and your girl the basketball shoes (you're all about bucking the stereotypes!).
- You no longer head straight to your favorite section in the bookstore. Instead it's straight to the land of the board books and books with two sentences per page.
When your little fish is ready to move up to the big pond (a.k.a. the grown-up bathtub), it can be a little nerve-racking. We have some tips on making bathing baby in the bathtub safer and more fun. Read more ...
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All babies grow and develop at different rates. So please don't compare your kid with so-and-so's baby from across the street—you'll just drive yourself nuts. If you have any concerns, bring them up with your pediatrician at your baby's next checkup.