Your 10-Month-Old Baby...
Preparing To Walk And Talk
Learn about your 10-month-old baby's milestones, development, what games to play and what toys might be fun
Some 10-month-old babies are still quite content with sitting still and playing. Most, however, move around or try to. Some already walk.
A mother I talked to said that she felt so relieved when her baby was 10 months old. "Now I know we'll both survive her first year" she said.
This woman really found it tough to become a mother.
Others almost dread the first birthday. "Where did the time go?" And "Where is my baby?!"
Regardless of how you feel, you and your baby have come a long way from the day of his birth!
And your baby is certainly not looking back!
The 10-Month-Old Baby
10 Months Baby MilestonesIn many countries, a health check-up is on schedule at around 10 months to make sure that the baby develops normally.
At around 10-month-old many babies can:
If you let him, your 10-month-old baby is likely to be able to both eat with a spoon or with his hands and drink from a cup. Let him try as often as possible, even if you might need to clean most of the kitchen, the baby and yourself afterwards.
Most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months old. (But walk with confidence a few months later).
Your baby may now have enough balance to sit down from standing up in a controlled way.
10-month-old babies explore everything all the time. They are often not very patient, take one thing, shake it, bang it, taste it and throw it away, looking for something else.
Your baby may now be able to say a few words, so that at least his closest family understands what he means. Saying "no" and shaking his head might be one of the first words.
This may be the time when your baby chooses a lovey. It can be a blanket or a stuffed animal. Make sure that it is safe (no buttons that can fall off) and if possible, buy two! It really helps to have a substitute if one needs to be washed or if your baby is going to a day care center. (Then you can let one stay at home and one stay at the day care center.)
When we bought an extra, identical soft horse to our daughter, she took it and looked at it closely. Then she started to pull out the yarn making up the left nostril of the new horse. Having pulled out half an inch she was satisfied and the horse was completely accepted.
Do I need to explain the looks of the old horse...? Children are funny and intelligent!
Games To PlayAt this age, your baby might start initiating games to play with you. Being hunted (if he crawls or walks) can be really popular.
Look at animal pictures and tell your baby what they sound like.
Exploring outside can be fun. Bring a small bucket and help your baby finding stones, leaves or twigs collect. Always tell your baby about the things you find. Pouring out the things and putting them back will probably also be fun.
You can of course explore with a bucket at home too. Go to the kitchen for example!
Practicing the name of body parts can be done by drawing a baby on a large paper. Place pieces of cloth over for example the hands, feet, head and stomach. Ask your baby where the head is. The lift this particular piece of cloth and say "Hello head!"
Soon enough your baby might be playing this game on his own.
"Finding the shoe" can be fun on a rainy day. Collect some shoes in a pile. Hold one up and ask your baby to find the other one of the pair. Your baby might need some help in the beginning, but it does help him see similarities.
Maybe this is the month when you don't have to buy or borrow a single thing! If your baby has just learned to crawl, this might be the only thing that he wants to do.
If you still want a few tips, a push toy can be great fun. The best ones at this age is, I think those where you can control how easy the wheels roll.
Put some heavy books in the wagon if your baby needs it to be very steady. My babies' favorites have always been the plastic, colorful push toys that play music, have lamps and so on, while I am in love with the classical wooden wagons... Guess what I buy..?
If your baby likes sitting still for a while, shape sorters can be fun. Choose an easy one though, or your baby will loose his interest. Stacking blocks may also be fun. There are some toys that can be used both for sorting and stacking. Some sort of stacking cups are great! Your baby can build tower or try to figure out which cup can be put in which.
10-month-old, one or our kids absolutely loved her toy phone. It wasn't even a mobile phone, but it made funny sounds and you could talk in the receiver.
Finally, the lovey. If your baby hasn't chosen one yet and you want to have a say, introduce one that you like, think is safe and that can be washed again and again...
10 Month Old Baby VideoIn this video, you can see a typical 10-month-old in action. Watch the baby eat with a spoon, use his pincer grasp, stand up, sit down, crawl around and do many other things a 10 months old baby enjoys doing.
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