The crisis of the eighth month, or the unpredictable baby

The crisis of the eighth month, or the unpredictable baby

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When a child turns eight months old, many parents notice a drastic change in their behavior. Suddenly from a cheerful little boy who is curiously trying to discover the surroundings, we begin to face a "little rebel," whose mood changes often end in tears and protests whenever mom or dad disappear from sight.

In addition, you can have the impression that suddenly the baby ceases to cooperate: he protests when we try to put them to sleep, whines when eating, does not want to play with his toys and with great stubbornness reaches for all "prohibited" items.


A child who is eight months old is always on the move. Regardless of whether he fours or focuses on learning to stand, he tries in many ways to achieve his goal: reach for an interesting object, change body position, take the first steps. The child tries to improve his skills all day. He also feels frustrated that not everything is working out as it should. Then a cry or cry appears calling for mom or dad, but the attempts do not stop ...

Separation anxiety

Around the age of eight, an infant begins to realize that his guardian (s) are separate persons who are not a "fragment" of his body. It is at this stage with horror that he discovers the relationships that occur in the family, he notes that objects can move away, and the space between him and the parent scares. If, additionally, the toddler has not developed an efficient ability to move, his fears may be even greater, and the shout and cry will be more resonant.

What if mom or dad who disappear behind the door never come back?

A child who has no sense of time can treat even a momentary break-up as a great tragedy, personal loss of someone important.

Mood changes

A child who is eight months old can clearly show what it means to get angry. His frustrations, anxiety and fear are already expressed very clearly. The toddler usually already clearly shows what he thinks about sitting in the cot alone, how sorry he is when his parent takes his phone from under his nose or the TV remote control. In the opinion of many parents, shouting and crying become very loud and are described as "non-objectionable". These changes are developmental in nature.

Fear of strangers

Along with strengthening the relationship with the parent / parents, there is also fear of strangers. The child is afraid of people he does not know. He can calmly watch them without showing enthusiasm or cry loudly when an unknown person comes too close. The reaction depends on the child's temperament and previous experience.


Between the seventh and ninth months of life, "quiet" babies have started chatting. This, in turn, is a symptom of "socialization", expressing a desire to initiate contacts with the environment. The child assembles the first syllables, sometimes at this stage he utters the first "words" that only he understands. Over time, spoken in the same situations, they also become understandable for loved ones.

Recognition of parent's moods

From birth, the child senses the emotions of loved ones, but at the stage of the eighth month he does it in a more conscious way. He can cry at the very sight of his mum or dad's twisted eyebrows or protest loudly when he hears that his older sister or brother are falling into hysteria.

Read how to support an infant eight months old.