8-Month-Old Baby (33 weeks)
By 8 months old, many babies have learned how to get around, whether it's by crawling, scooting, or shimmying. There are several games that you can play with your 33-week-old baby to help encourage balance and coordination, as well as improving his senses. This may also be a time when you can start introducing finger foods that your baby can pick up by herself, such as raisins and Cheerios.
Eight-month-old infants are extremely active and are like little sponges absorbing new information. They are watching and listening to you and taking in everything around them.
They are also actively looking for things to get their hands on to explore and maneuver. If there are any electronic devices near the floor (such as a VCR or a remote control), wait until you see their excitement when they start pressing those buttons and making things happen!
Movement is the name of the game these days. By now, many babies will have learned how to move themselves about -- whether it is by crawling, shimmying, or scooting. While it is possible, it's not likely that babies will be walking unassisted at this point.
Eight-month-olds are also learning so much about their environment, as well as their expanding role in it. As your baby begins to comfortably explore his surroundings, you may notice that his jabbering has increased. Your baby is constantly learning about his language and continues to listen to your words, watching your mouth intently as you speak.
A first word could be just around the corner. A little fact -- girls usually talk sooner than boys.
(Click Infant Developmental Milestones -- 6 to 9 Months to learn more about the progress of babies at this age.)