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8-Month-Old Baby (34 weeks)

At 8 months old, your baby is absorbing so much information and has developed a solid sense of object permanence. Babies at 34 weeks may enjoy games such as "Peek-a-Boo" or "This Little Piggy," which can help foster their ability to remember more and anticipate future outcomes. Also, this may be a good time to check that your baby's weight has not exceeded your car safety seat.

You and Your Baby at 34 Weeks

Eight-month-old babies are fantastic little learners. They are absorbing so much information, it just might scare you. Specifically, in terms of language development, your infant is listening and storing many of the words that he hears every day, even if he can't repeat any of them back to you yet.
 
Your little one is probably also getting into everything these days. You might even miss the days when she could only sit there and watch the world go by!
 

Major Developments for an 8-Month-Old Infant

By around 8 months, your baby will stop falling for the old "out of sight, out of mind" trick, as she has developed a solid sense of object permanence. With this intellectual milestone down, you might observe your little one starting to toss things, such as food, toys, pacifiers, etc., just to see where they go and what happens to them. She might even hide away a few things just to search for them.
 
In addition to object permanence, other intellectual developmental milestones are improving rapidly. These new skills include the ability to remember more and anticipate future outcomes.
 
There are some classic repetition games, such as "Peek-a-Boo" and "This Little Piggy," that can help foster this development. These games help teach your infant that something fun and exciting is going to happen any minute, and the anticipation can be thrilling.
 
(Click Infant Developmental Milestones -- 6 to 9 Months to learn more about the progress of babies at this age.)
 
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