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8 month old baby - Growth and Development

It will almost feel like you are at the circus with all of the tricks your 8 month old performs daily!  As their personality blooms, so does their fine motor skills.  You can expect them to have better hand-eye coordination, actively play with anything and everything and begin to understand how things relate to each other (e.g. this round ball fits into this round hole).

8 month old baby crawling - Check out my new wheels
8 month old baby crawling - Check out my new wheels

As your baby learns to crawl, they will probably go through the following motions:

Baby food - Building a happy meal time routine
Baby food - Building a happy meal time routine
8 month old baby - What to expect at 8 months and beyond
8 month old baby - What to expect at 8 months and beyond
Pulling to stand- getting closer to baby
Pulling to stand- getting closer to baby's first steps
Teething - a lot to chew on
Teething - a lot to chew on

Teething is a big milestone for you and your baby. Some babies may not feel a thing, while it can be pretty uncomfortable for others. Don’t be surprised if your baby gets a bit upset when those pearly whites start coming through. It does vary, but the average age for a baby to get their first tooth is around six months old. The first ones to appear are usually the two bottom middle teeth, followed by the two top middle teeth. The last teeth to make an appearance are usually the second, or back, molars in the upper and lower back of the mouth. Most children will have all their milk teeth by about two and a half. There are 20 in total, 10 at the top and 10 at the bottom.

Too little for a toothbrush - caring for baby teeth
Too little for a toothbrush - caring for baby teeth

You need to start caring for your baby’s teeth as soon as they arrive. While you can buy baby toothbrushes it’s not vital. When they’re really tiny you can wipe them with a clean soft cloth, or even clean them with a smudge of toothpaste on your finger. The main thing is to get your baby used to the routine twice a day.

8 month old baby - Growth and development
8 month old baby - Growth and development

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