8 Months Old
1) How does your baby’s eating, sleeping and motor development compare to the typical developmental patterns?
At first, she was slow to learn how to feed. Unlike a typical baby, first couple weeks she even lost weight, but most of the time, Mary is satisfied with her meals, despite the facts that she contended with problems of diarrhea and ingestion. But for the most part, her eating development is similar to the typical developmental patterns of a newborn. Though an average newborn weighs around 7,5 pounds, Mary weighed only 5 pounds. By the age of 8 months, her motor skills include crawling, sitting up and standing like most babies of this age. But she is not walking yet. As most newborns, she spent most of her time sleeping. As she got older, she began having 2 hour day naps and 6 hours of night sleep, which is also similar to the typical development of patter of the babies.
2) At 8 months of age was your child an “easy”, “slow-to-warm-up”, or “difficult” baby in terms of Thomas and Chess’s classic temperamental categories? On what do you base this judgment?
She is an “easy” child. She smiles and interacts with almost everyone. She smiles at people and toys. She laughs at surprising and funny things. Mary is very comfortable in new social situations and enjoys meeting people. She may be difficult sometimes when she is fussy and irritable, but she is in positive mood and displays positive mood for the most part.
3) How is your child’s attachment to you and your partner developing? What is happening at the 3-month and 8-month periods that might affect attachment security according to Bowlby and Ainsworth, and various research studies?
Mary has an obvious attachment to me, but also seems to enjoy playtime with my partner. Through consistent caregiving, our response to Mary’s needs helps to develop a secure attachment. For example: when Mary was a newborn, the attachment was developing by breastfeeding, changing the diapers, responding to her crying when she might be wet or hungry.
During “attachment-in-the-making” phase, Mary has developed an obvious preference for her mom over other people. The baby smiles, imitates mom. The main caregiver (mother) effectively responds to Mary’s needs. “Clear-cut” attachment is displayed when Mary shows distress when mom leaves her with the caregiver, which is called separation anxiety.