All babies have their own timetable, but you can watch for certain developments in your 8-month-old. Celebrate with your baby as she reaches or nears these milestones.

Cognitive8th month baby milestone

  • Recognizes people and objects at a distance
  • Experiments with object permanence (objects and people that are out of sight still exist)
  • Curious about objects just out of reach; reaches for them
  • May look for dropped objects
  • Attaches meaning to certain sights, sounds, and gestures; may be ready to learn baby sign language 
  • Begins to understand that objects and people have names
  • Anticipates what comes next in familiar routines (running water means a bath)


  • Practices using thumb and index finger to pick up small objects (pincer grasp)
  • Passes objects from one hand to the other
  • Holds a toy or object in each hand
  • Bangs objects on a table, floor, or against each other 
  • May feed self, though messily
  • Begins to drink from a cup
  • Sits without support
  • May reach for objects while sitting up
  • May rock on knees, creep backward, scoot, or crawl
  • Puts weight on legs when held in a standing position


  • Looks for and reacts to sounds outside her line of vision
  • Babbles echo actual words and include vowel and consonant sounds (“ba ba ba,” “da da,” “bah-dah”)
  • Takes turns mimicking conversation (you talk, she babbles, you talk, she babbles)
  • May be ready to learn some baby sign language


  • Distinguishes between strangers and family
  • May show shyness or fear around strangers
  • Enjoys peekaboo and other simple games