4 - 8 month old baby milestones

4 – 8 Month Old Baby Milestones

Here is the research of where your infant developmental milestone. This reflects both the early years learning framework ( EYLF) milestones and the national quality standards (NQS).

NOTE: This is a guide. If you think you want to challenge your child further look at the 8 – 12 month developmental milestones. You know your child better than anyone so if you see that your child is a little delayed or has a red flag don’t be worried but ask your General Practitioner if you think there is something you are concerned about.

Emerging Motor Skills

  • Plays with feet and toes
  • makes effort to sit alone but needs hand support
  • raises head and chest when lying on stomach
  • makes crawling movements when lying on stomach
  • rolls from back to stomach
  • reaches for and grasp objects
  • using one hand to grasp
  • eyes smoothly follow object or person
  • crawling movements using both hands and feet
  • able to take weight on feet when standing
  • watch activities across room – eyes move in unison
  • turns head to sound of voices
  • sits without support
  • increasingly mobile
  • stands while holding on
  • pushes self to sitting
  • grasps and transfers objects
  • feeds self-finger foods, puts feet to mouth and may hold own bottle.

Babies approaching nine months pull themselves to stand.

Toy Ideas

  • Mirrors
  • rattles & shakers
  • soft balls
  • musical toys
  • foot rattles

Language Skills

  • Says mama/dada randomly
  • Begins to imitate speech sounds
  • Many syllable sounds (ma, ba, da)
  • Responds to own name
  • beginning responsiveness to “no.”
  • Enjoys games such as peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake
  • babbles and repeat sounds
  • makes talking sounds in response to others talking
  • copies sounds
  • smiles and babbles at own image in the mirror.

Cognitive Skills

  • Swipes at dangling objects
  • shakes and stares at toy placed in hand
  • Becomes bored if left alone for long periods of time
  • repeats accidentally caused actions that are interesting
  • enjoys games such as peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake
  • will search for partly hidden object
  • able to coordinate looking
  • hearing and touching
  • enjoys toys
  • banging objects
  • scrunching paper
  • explores objects by looking at and mouthing them
  • develops preferences for foods
  • explores objects with mouth.

Social & Emotional Skills

  • Reacts with arousal
  • attention or approach to presence of another baby or young child
  • responds to own name
  • smiles often and shows excitement when sees preparations being made for meals or for bath
  • recognises familiar people and stretches arms to be picked up
  • becoming more settled in eating and sleeping patterns
  • laughs – especially in social interactions
  • may soothe self when tired or upset by sucking thumb or dummy
  • begins to show wariness of strangers
  • may fret when parent leaves the room
  • happy to see faces they know.

Red Flags

  • Not learning to make sounds
  • is not responding to familiar faces
  • is not learning to roll when playing on floor
  • is not responsive to carers
  • is not babbling and making sounds
  • is not playing with feet
  • does not swap objects between hands.

This is a milestone guide for 4 – 8 month old infants using both assessments from the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standards (NQS). This information was developed in conjunction with the QLD Government Child and Youth physical and cognitive developmental milestones.

Written By Sarah Courtney


Department Of Education, Employment And Workplace Relations (2012). Developmental milestones: and the early years learning framework and the national quality standards. Community Child Care Cooperative LTD. Retrieved from https://www.acecqa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-02/DevelopmentalMilestonesEYLFandNQS.pdf

Queensland Government Child And Youth. (1990). Physical and cognitive developmental milestones. Retrieved from https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/resources/childsafety/practice-manual/physical-cognative-milestones.pdf