Weight: Height: Head Circumference:
Sleep: At eight months your baby probably still takes two regular naps and is likely to sleep as much as twelve hours at night. This often begins a challenging period for sleep. Please contact us if your child is having difficulties.
Feeding: Many babies are now ready for combination dinners and “real” table foods. Cheerios, biscuits, yogurt, cottage cheese, and melon can be offered. If your baby has trouble and is gagging wait another month and try again. All foods are allowed, except for honey. Avoid choking foods like hot dogs, peanuts, grapes, popcorn, until after age three. These foods cause choking. We recommend offering a cup at this age to make the transition from the bottle less eventful.
A typical schedule may be: 8:00 AMBottle or Nursing
Cereal + Fruit (2 tbsp each)
12-1:00 PMBottle or Nursing
4:00 PMSnack with drink
6-7:00 PM Dinner
8-10:00 PMBottle or Nursing (some babies may give up this feeding)
Development: At eight months your child should be rolling both ways, sitting well, starting to creep and banging toys together. Many children enjoy playing peek-a-boo and blowing raspberries.
· Avoid choking and suffocation by keeping cords, ropes, and strings away from the crib. Pillows, blankets, wedges, positioning devices, and bumper pads are no longer recommended. Keep all small and hard objects out of reach. Never leave your child alone while eating.
· Prevent fires, burns and scalding injuries. Cover all outlets. Never eat, drink, or carry anything hot while near or holding the baby. Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees (F). Install smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors. Check food temperatures carefully, especially after microwaving.
· Car Safety: Children must remain rear facing until at least two years of age and twenty pounds! Use an approved infant safety seat, rear facing and never in the front.
(Parents should always wear their seat belts.)
· Avoid falls by installing safety gates to guard stairways. Lock doors to dangerous areas. Check drawers, furniture and lamps to make sure they cannot fall over. Never step away when the baby is on a high surface. Do not put your baby in a walker.
· Prevent poisoning by locking up medicines, vitamins, cleaning supplies, chemicals, and paints (and placing pocket books out of reach).
Poison Control 516-542-2323 or 800-222-1222
PHA Standard Immunizations: Hep B #3
Tylenol Dose: Next Visit: 10 months, 12 months, 15 months