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10 month old


Life will move at a quicker pace now that your baby is beginning the transition to toddler. By the end of the tenth month many babies will be cruising the furniture and a few could even be walking alone – although many won’t walk by themselves till well after their first birthday.

This month your baby is developing a real personality and will be interacting with you more and more. He will enjoy reading books and recognizing familiar words. At this age your baby’s memory is improving and he is beginning to understand his special relationship with you and other close family members.

His understanding skills are no doubt coming on, too and he probably knows the meaning of some basic words and phrases such as 'yes', 'no' and 'give it to me'. So keep on talking to him. Here is what you can expect your ten month old to do:

       Social and Emotional development
  • Gets upset if toy is removed

  • Repeats actions that attract attention

  • Plays interactive games such as “pat-a-cake”, "peek-a-boo"

  • Enjoys being read and follows pictures in books

  • Waves "bye-bye"

    Language and Communication skills

  • Comprehends “bye-bye”

  • Says “dada” or “mama” with meaning

  • Says one other word beside “mama” and “dada” (hi, bye, no , go)

  • Follows one step command without gesture

  • Combines words and gestures. For instance, waving when saying "bye bye"

       Cognitive skills
  • Understands the concept of object permanence

  • Responds to words such as “where is daddy?”

  • Beginning to put objects in and out of containers

  • Understands many simple words like "bye" and "no"

  • Awareness about your approval and disapproval

       Physical development
  • Sits up alone for long periods without support, back straight

  • Pulls up into a standing position from being seated

  • Recovers balance easily while sitting

  • Lifts one foot to take a step while standing

  • Creeps or Crawls comfortably

  • Can pick up objects with thumb and index finger (pincer grasp)

  • Pokes at things with forefinger

  • Attempts to retrieve dropped object

  • May enjoy holding a crayon and trying to scribble with it.

  • Cruises or walks while holding onto furniture

  • Beginning to let go of objects (release).

 Recommended activities
  • Your baby may enjoy holding a crayon and trying to scribble with it. Not all babies are interested in doing this but you can offer the opportunity if you wish.

  • Buy puppets or make them from old mittens or socks by drawing faces on them with marking pens. Make the puppet talk to your baby and encourage her to talk back

  • Sing familiar songs and read nursery rhymes

  • Cut out pictures of things such as toys, animals, and other familiar objects and paste them in a scrapbook. Help your baby point to the pictures as you name them.

  • He may become fascinated with hinged objects and how they work. Watch as he entertains himself with board books, cabinet doors, and boxes with flaps, or toys that pop open. As he opens and closes a box or door many times, he is developing hand-eye coordination.

Babies grow and develop at different rates. The information above is offered as a guide. There is no need to expect your baby's development to fit with all the above descriptions. If you’re at all worried about your baby's development, it is best to speak with your doctor.



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