At this stage you and your baby really know each other. She’s a real little person who can let you know what she likes and dislikes. You’ll have clues about the type of child she’ll grow into – whether she’ll be quiet and shy, or noisy and outgoing, whether she’ll be easy-going or need constant entertainment and fun.
Like adults, she’ll probably behave differently depending on what’s going on and who she’s with. Some babies get quite cranky at this point because they’re beginning to realise what they can and can’t do. She may really want to reach a toy on the other side of the room, for example, and get frustrated if she can’t crawl yet. But that will come soon.
At around 7-8 months, some babies start to get shy with strangers – and upset if their parents leave the room. This is very common. Your baby now feels very safe and secure with you, but less so with strangers, so she may turn away or bury her face in your shoulder because she feels a little bit anxious. For some babies, this shyness only lasts for a short time, for others it can be longer.
Similarly, if you leave the room, your baby will be anxious about whether you’ll come back. She doesn’t yet understand that you’re still in the house – so call out to her to let her know you’re around.
At 7-8 months your baby may be able to...
- sit up without help for a few minutes
- move across the floor by sliding, shuffling or rolling in some cases
- hold and drink from a cup with a spout
- look at where sounds are coming from quite accurately
- react to familiar people around her and repeat an act if you praise her
- babble and respond to you with noise
- object loudly if you take a toy away from her. She will probably also protest if you leave her for too long
- show extreme attachment to you and her regular carers; and then not like anyone else!
- roll over from back to tummy and from tummy to back
- transfer objects from one hand to the other
- support her whole weight on her legs when held upright
- respond to her name when you call it
- explore objects with her hands and mouth
- enjoy playing peek-a-boo
- show an interest in mirror images.