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crawling… maybe even walking? In your 10-month-old, you can already see
elements of toddlerhood popping up. Your baby might be emulating your
behaviors, babbling with great purpose and showing big thoughts and feelings
about what you do or don't do—all signs of her budding personality.
Even if your
baby is eating solid food like a champ, it's a good idea to anticipate what
board-certified infant feeding specialist Cynthia Epps calls the eventual "food
wars." Between 10 months and two years, says Epps, kids experience a
developmental surge in independence. When it comes to mealtime, that can mean
your baby wants to be in charge. "You'll be feeding a sweet, compliant baby one
day and the next morning, he refuses everything you offer and instead lunges
for the spoon and tries to self-feed."
If your baby
seems to want more control and is gravitating to self-feeding, set a healthy
stage by putting him in a highchair to begin a meal, with three pieces of soft
food to explore, suggests Epps. For example:
soft pieces of cooked vegetables
fruit with the skins removed
This will occupy his interest
while you are preparing the family meal. At first, your child might be so
focused on the challenge of articulating food from fingers to mouth that you'll
have the opportunity to slip in spoonfuls of other mashed foods. But as
self-feeding progresses, sooner or later you will have to respect your child's
wishes to do it himself.
is most likely napping two times a day, about 1–2 hours at a time. Most babies
do well with two naps until the age of about 15–18 months, says sleep
consultant Heather Turgeon.
A sample sleep schedule
for a 10-month-old:
Wake time: 6:45
Nap 1: 9:30 a.m.
Nap 2: 2:30 p.m.
Bedtime: 7 p.m.
Is your baby
pulling to a stand in the crib? When babies learn a new motor skill, they
usually have a period of wild excitement to practice it, even at night. It's
not uncommon for babies to take longer to fall asleep or wake up in the night
to rehearse their new crawling and cruising abilities, says Turgeon. If you
hang in there and keep to your normal sleep routines and schedule, the novelty
of the new skill will eventually wear off and smoother sleep will return.
Pause, watch and
be curious about your baby's interests. What is she noticing and working on? If
you can follow your baby's lead and let her
direct the play, paradoxically, she will learn more from you. Learning
experiences usually stem from an emotional connection or a genuine "passion"
(even in the baby sense); what you teach your baby will mean so much more to
her if you watch her interests and then build on them. Instead of labeling
objects you want her to know the words for, watch what she's looking at (a
blade of grass, a passing dog), label it and expand on that.
Playing with a 10-month-old
can be as simple as just sitting on the floor and letting your baby crawl to a
box of tissue paper she can rip to pieces while you watch. Believe it or not,
that's valuable play for her brain.
Also make sure
to have plenty of music and dancing in your house. Music is good for everyone's
mood and dancing can turn even the most stressful day into a fun one. You don't
need to listen to children's music. Any good beat—whether it's hip-hop, jazz or
Your baby canpull from a seated position to a standing
position. She may get stuck there, but you can gently guide her back down
and she will learn the motor pattern soon enough.
Watch your baby
as shecruisesaround, walking and
shuffling while holding onto the furniture.
Some babies are
starting towalk. Others don't walk
until closer to 15 months—don't worry, all are in the normal range.
and shape, your baby can put small objects into larger ones.
Your baby understands
one-step commands, like "wave bye-bye."
You baby is pointing
at objects a lot, to communicate with you.