Physical Characteristics

Gains approximately one pound/month

Doubles original birth weight

Begins to cut teeth


Motor Development

Uses finger and thumb to pick up objects

Transfers objects from one hand to the other

Holds own bottle

Sits alone without support, holding head erect, back straight, and arms propped forward for support

Pulls self into crawling position, rocks back and forth, but generally does not move forward

Lifts up head when placed on back

Begins scooting backwards, sometimes accidently

Enjoys being placed in standing position


Cognitive Development

Looks for objects that fall out of sight and enjoys repeatedly throwing objects

Handles and explores objects by turning, banging and shaking


Speech and Language Development

Responds appropriately to own name and simple requests, such as “eat”

Babbles by repeating same syllable in a series: ba, ba, ba


Personal-Social Development

Imitates facial expressions, actions, and sounds

Distinguishes between and responds differently to strangers, teachers, and parents


Check with your child's pediatrician if by Eight Months your child does NOT:

Show even, steady increase in weight, height, and head size

Explore own hands and objects placed in hands

Hold and shake rattle

Smile, babble, and laugh out loud

Search for hidden objects

Use thumb and finger to pick up objects

Have an interest in playing games, such as “peek-a-boo”

Appear interested in new or unusual sounds

Reach for and grasp objects

Sit alone

Did you answer yes to one or more of the developmental alerts?

  1. First and foremost, please contact your child's pediatrician. Your health care provider is your best resource if you have any questions or concerns.
  2. Secondly, would you like to speak with someone at Special Kids to learn more about how our services may benefit your child? Contact our Family Resources team to learn more.

*Developmental milestone survey adapted from Lynn Marotz and K. Eileen Allen's book Developmental Profiles: Pre-birth through Adolescence.