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8-Month-Old Baby (33 weeks)

Games to Play

Virtually every interaction your baby has, whether it is with you or with the checkout person at the supermarket, is a learning experience. If you want, you can make a few of those interactions fun as well as educational.
 
There are a number of learning games that you can play with your 8-month-old infant that will help your child master a few developmental milestones. These games might focus on gross motor skills, like your baby's increasing physical abilities to develop better balance and coordination. Learning games might also stimulate the senses required for these abilities.
 
You can also play games that encourage language development by singing, reading, and engaging in fun conversations. Eight-month-old babies are really beginning to connect the sounds they hear to actual ideas and thoughts.
 

Starting Solids and Messy Mealtimes

Most infants have tasted a wide variety of mashed and mushy foods by the time they are 8 months old. Whether those foods came from a jar or blender, it may be time to mix things up a bit. Introduce foods that your child can start picking up and eating on her own.
 
The beauty of this new stage is that the mealtime mess factor may decrease significantly. There are many finger foods that can be held and eaten by a hungry child with little to no mess.
 
A few examples of these simple foods are:
 
  • Lima beans
  • Raisins
  • Cheerios®.
     
One word of caution -- select new items carefully. A number of the "standard" finger foods can easily become choking hazards if they are not cut up into small enough pieces.
 
(Click Baby Meals -- Without the Mess for more suggestions on simple finger foods that can decrease the mealtime mess factor.)
 
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