Baby development and milestones: your 10 month old

Get to know your baby at 10 months, a stage where she becomes more chatty, curious, and adventurous!

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As your little one marks their 10th month, you’ll be amazed at just how independent they are starting to become. Your 10 month old is begining to be adorably chatty, babbling and stringing syllables together, as they try to communicate with everyone around them.

At this age, you’ll also get a feel of your baby’s personality. Is she a bit shy or is she adventurous? They also begin to pick out certain books, music, and movies they enjoy.

10 Month Old Development and Milestones: Is Your Baby On Track? 

Physical Development

Because they are becoming so curious, your 10 month old baby will naturally want to explore their surroundings. It’s a good thing their motor skills are keeping up with them at this age! Not only can they crawl, they can also stand on their own from a seated position. They can sit down on their own and squat with support. Plus, they learn to move objects from one hand to the other with ease.

Taking their first steps is just around the corner at this stage, usually just a few months away!

It’s also important for you to be extra wary of choking hazards, as 10-month-olds are fond of picking up small objects, thanks to the development of their pincer grasp!

Tips: 

  • This is the stage when baby-proofing your house becomes so important.
  • How can you encourage their motor skills and coordination? Turn up the music and encourage your baby to bop and shake to the tunes! This will be great for their auditory development as well.

When to see a doctor:

As with all stages of your child’s development, looking forward to the important milestones will also help you determine when your little one is lagging behind.

Watch out if your child is unable to bear weight on their legs, even with support or is unable to sit with support or smoothly move objects from one hand to another. If any of this is the case, then consult your child’s paediatrician immediately.

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Cognitive Development

10-month-olds are curious and observant, so it’s important to nurture their curiosity by allowing them to explore the world, take them outdoors or simply allow them to play with household objects to encourage their intellectual development.

They’re also fond of playing peek-a-boo, as they begin to feel the urge to look for things that are hidden from them. They also begin to be observant of falling objects.

Tips:

At this age, babies learn the concept of object permanence, or knowing an object exists even when it is not seen. Encourage this by hiding toys or books and helping them look for them.

When to see a doctor:

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When should you be concerned? If your child is unable to recognise people they are usually familiar with or if they are unable to follow with their eyes when you are pointing to something, consult your child’s paediatrician to find out whether this is indeed a developmental delay.

Social and Emotional Development

10-month-olds are cute little copycats! Use your face as your best teaching tool. Make funny faces and exaggerate words; this is a great way to stimulate your baby’s senses. At this age, your baby may start being wary of strangers and clingy towards certain “favourite” people.

They can exhibit odd behaviour. This includes head banging, rolling around, grinding teeth or pulling hair as a way to deal with stressful changes in their environment.

Tips:

Be extra attentive, too, as they begin to form fears they never had like at this age, like when they hear thunder or the thud when a large object falls nearby.

When to see a doctor:

For instance, at 10 months, babies should be responsive to words and actions, babbling and making eye contact with ease. If you find that your baby is constantly listless and unresponsive to stimuli, then it’s time to consult your paediatrician.

Speech and Language

Your baby’s fast developing brain allows her to comprehend more words. For instance, words like mama, dada, dog, cat become staples in their daily vocabulary because they are exposed to these words daily. 

Tips: 

Enhance their communication skills by engaging with them, talk to them, read to them, and sing with them. Many babies tend to retain words more effectively if it is accompanied by a melody.

When to see a doctor:

Don’t be alarmed if your baby tends to be a little quiet. It’s natural for them to have different moods at this age. But you should be a bit concerned if they are unable to babble even simple words, like “mama,” “baba,” “dada”.

Health and Nutrition

By now, more of your little one’s “milk teeth” have erupted, so they’re ready to chow down on yummy food that is thicker in consistency, like porridge! Cut-up solid food is also a good idea. Not only are they enjoyable, they also help develop your baby’s pincer grasp and coordination if they have to pick up food and put it in their mouth.

As we said in a previous article, it’s up to mums (and babies) to decide when to wean. At this age, it’s also a good time to widen your baby’s appreciation for more types of fruit, vegetables, grains, and meat.

Tips:

  • Be careful of food that could be possible choking hazards, like raisins, candy, grapes, and cut-up hotdogs.
  • Take an easy-to-grip spoon and allow your little one to feed herself.
  • Be sure to place a mat on the table or under her chair for stress-free clean-up, as it’ll be messy at first! But allowing your child to become more independent is an important part of this stage of parenting.
  • As for your baby’s growth, note that the typical height of a 10-month-old is 69.7 to 74.2 cm and weight is 8.0 – 9.9 kg.

When to see a doctor:

If they’re lagging behind, consult your child’s doctor in order to find out how to boost their growth and development in the best way possible.

We hope you found this article useful. What can your baby do at 10 months old?

 

Sources: WebMD, MayoClinic

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