Wow! Your baby is now 10 months old! It is hard to believe it, right? In just 2 months’ time, you will have a 1-year old child. That is how fast time flies when you are having so much fun raising your bundle of joy.
Life for you must be pretty chaotic right about now. Your toddler is moving around all over, and they must also be giving you some late nights. But you are also getting lots of hugs and kisses from them, so it’s all worth it. Isn’t it?
What is happening at 10 months is that your baby is determined to reach all of the previously unchartered territories and they must be crawling very well on their hands and knees. Plus, your baby is probably sitting comfortably on their own.
Your baby should be quite an adventurer and climbing will be their number one agenda. Your baby could be climbing up the stairs. However, babies learn to climb up before they can come down. So when they go up, you must bring them back down.
Be careful here to avoid accidents. Ensure you childproof the stairs, and only allow your baby to climb up under supervision. They should also be climbing on your sofa and chairs as well.
The only thing that will slow down your baby is their rate of growth and feeding times because by now they will have a big appetite.
Your baby is also getting more and more independent, as they learn to use their body and control movements. This means that there will be some falls and stumbles as your baby tries to perfect walking skills and become more coordinated.
The challenge for you here will be finding the balance to allow your baby to learn as well as being protective. Try and let your baby explore and fall down a little. Babies are actually stronger than they seem and they are made to fall, so, they will not be too hurt if your home is carpeted.
You should be able to get a feel of your baby’s personality if they are quiet and calm or outgoing and adventurous. No doubt, you have already noticed your baby’s favorite toys, songs, books and games among other things.
There may be instances where your baby will seem scared of things that did not scare them before such as a doorbell ringing. This is all part of growing up and they are probably just curious about it. When this happens, just comfort your baby.
At 10 months, your baby should be able to do the following.
- Move on to a seated position from their stomach.
- Pull up to a standing position using your help or furniture.
- Crawl perfectly.
- Attempt to walk or make few steps.
- Point and go for items they like.
- Grab foods with fingers and feed themselves.
- Babble and imitate words.
- Wave “bye-bye”
- Attempt to say simple words such as “dada and mama”
- Squat down.
- Scooch on their butt.
- Roll backward and forwards.
- Stack play items such as cups and bowls.
You baby should also be able to do the following.
- See colors clearly.
- Develop taste and texture preferences.
- Express separation anxiety.
- Show new personality traits.
- Attach meaning to words e.g. get shoes when you are telling them bye-bye.
- Understand simple words
- Love music.
When Should You Worry?
At this age, most parents are concerned with the “big” milestone of standing and attempting to walk. It is important to always remember that your baby is beyond compare and that some children may not even be walking at 10 months.
Some actually keep crawling until they are more than a year old, so do not be worried if your baby has not started walking just yet.
Another important point to remember is that babies have different development schedules. However, if you notice any of the following, you can talk to your pediatrician who will offer you additional advice.
- If your baby does not attempt to reach for items near them.
- If your child is not responding to attention from you.
- When your baby does not respond to sounds.
- If they do not bring items to their mouth.
- If they are not making sounds.
- If your baby does not roll around.
- If he or she does not laugh or squeal with joy.
- If your little one appears stiff and does not move their head.
- If they are not gaining weight as they should or they appear to be losing weight.
Health And Safety
It is probably time to pack up the baby bouncer, bassinette, infant car seat, and even the baby swing. Your baby doesn’t need them anymore.
What’s important at this age to be up to date with your CPR certification because your baby is more adventurous and may pick up something without your knowledge. So, being able to know what to do in the event of an accident is always a good thing.
A 10 -month-old baby requires a lot of attention. This is because they are quite alert and have learned a few more things since last month. This calls for a lot of hands-on care.
Your little one is also constantly trying to open drawers. So, it is about time you childproofed your home if you haven’t already. As your baby becomes increasingly adventurous and curious, keep a very close eye on them. In any case, you don’t want to miss witnessing any great milestones.
This is a very important month, as your baby is slowly transitioning from the newborn stage to a toddler. They will also be wiser, stronger and quite mischievous. So, be on the lookout and watch your baby all the time.
More than anything, have fun with your baby, schedule a photoshoot, and take some time to be alone so you can recharge and do it all over again. They are almost one year old so, it is quite an exciting time. You can start planning your baby’s first birthday.