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Your Baby: A Developmental Checklist: 6 To 8 Months

Remember that all babies are individuals and develop at their own pace. Premature infants, especially, reach many milestones later than their same-age peers. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your baby is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.

Physical Development

  • Crawls backward, if not also forward.
  • May get around by scooting across floor on buttocks and/or pulling forward with arm while pushing back with leg from sitting position.
  • May pull to standing position while holding on.
  • May come to sitting position unaided.
  • Sits unsupported at least 10 minutes.
  • Develops pincer grasp.
  • May handle two objects simultaneously.
  • Holds own bottle.
  • Clasps hands together.
  • While lying on her back, baby can put her foot into her mouth.

Intellectual Development

  • Great interest in cause and effect.
  • Understands objects are external and three-dimensional.
  • Still conceives of objects in place where they first appeared.
  • Understands notion of in and out.
  • Recalls some past events.
  • Anticipates familiar upcoming events.
  • Imitates people and behaviours.
  • Solves simple problems, such as pulling string to get attached toy.
  • Understands concepts of one and more than one.
  • Understands simple instructions.

Social And Emotional Development

  • Begins developing separation anxiety and fear of strangers.
  • Plays with toys.
  • Begins finger-feeding and holding cups and spoon.
  • Enamored with mirror image.
  • Responds to human voice, even when the person is out of sight.
  • Recognizes family members and familiar adults, but may become choosy about who can pick her up.
  • Calls for attention from cot or when parents are in another room.

Language Development

  • Babbles with variety of sounds.
  • Uses well defined syllables, like ma or da.