MONTH 10

10 Months babyPlease keep in mind that all babies are unique. Whether your baby reaches milestones early or late, he has his own developmental path to follow. The dividing lines between these months are very fuzzy. If you have any concerns or questions about your babyís development, please check with his health care provider.

Get Your Running Shoes

By this age, babies are usually very mobile. And so are you -- constantly chasing baby. Their abilities to move include crawling quickly, the ability to flip flop into sitting from virtually any position, and possibly even walking. Hang in there. And donít rely on your child proofing of spaces in the home to keep baby safe. His job right now is to move, explore and learn. Your job is to be one step ahead of him.

Cruising

A coffee table is just the right height for baby to pull up to a stand and practice cruising or taking steps while holding on for balance. He may cruise from one piece of furniture to another around your living room. This is very satisfying because baby can now view an object and move himself while standing up to reach it. He may even hold on with one hand and make attempts to bend down and pick up an enticing toy off the ground. Or, watch his face as he lets go and stands all by himself. This is a triumph -- only to be topped by those first few steps that are just around the corner.

What About Walkers?

You may have been given a walker for your baby as a gift or offered one as a hand-me-down. Walkers are controversial. Some parents swear by them. Developmentally, experts feel that walkers do not support the skills needed for baby to learn how to walk; they utilize muscles in a different way. Basically, walkers enable babies to do something before they are developmentally ready to do it on their own. They are also the cause of more accidents than any other type of childrenís toy, particularly if they are used near the top of stairs or in the kitchen near a hot dish.

These examples may seem obviously unsafe, but the point is, walkers allow children to move very quickly. Since the children are standing, they are at a better vantage point to reach things. Combined with non-stop curiosity, a walker could potentially put baby in a very unsafe situation.

This being said, you may decide not to offer your baby a walker and then find him using a chair or other large item to push and walk at the same time. This is a bit different because these items are heavy and not on wheels, so he cannot get the same speed that he can with a commercial walker.

Not Crawling?

If your baby is not crawling or pulling to a stand by this age, you may concerned about his development. There are many normal, healthy babies who are not as interested in gross motor activities and are quite content to sit and play quietly. These babies may be great observers of more active babies -- constantly watching and absorbing information.

Chances are your baby will start crawling suddenly. Remember again, some babies donít crawl -- many scoot on their bottoms, creep on their tummies, or figure out another means of getting from point A to point B. And some go straight to pulling to a stand and cruising around furniture. Once these babies start moving, they tend to learn how to move themselves at a faster rate than the more active babies did a few months back.

It is far more important to support your babyís individual interests than to push baby into doing something before he is ready. If you are still concerned about your childís lack of interest in moving, talk to his health care provider who can do an assessment -- which will probably result in your peace of mind. Our advice: enjoy not having to chase baby while you can!

Peek A Boo and Object Permanence

Babyís memory has made great strides this month. When he doesnít see you, he is developing the cognitive ability to remember that you still exist. There are some games that babies like to play that support this learning of the permanence of objects.

Even if you havenít initiated peek-a-boo with your baby yet, he will. A lot of babies like to take their favorite blankets, put them over their heads and then pull them back to see parents' smiling faces. He will love it if you say something while he is covered, such as, "Where did baby go?" If he is not initiating the game with a blanket, try your hands over your eyes. Heíll surely imitate you, have great fun, and be learning at the same time.

Another interesting game for baby is to hide a favorite object under a blanket. He is learning that he can pick up the blanket to get his toy back.

Signaling

It will probably be another month or two before you hear babyís first real word, but he is communicating with you all the time. You two can teach each other signals to communicate what baby needs.

If he is in the high chair and wants out, teach him to hold up his arms as a sign. Of course, keep exposing him to language by explaining to him what he is telling you. "Oh, are you done? You want to get out of the highchair? You want to get down?"

Another popular signal is a simple bye-bye wave. When baby is separating from a parent, give baby a wave and tell him that the parent is leaving and will see him later. In the beginning, baby may wave after the fact, showing that he is absorbing the information and practicing. In time, heíll wave right back with you.


Baby Growth from 1-30 months at various ages and stages
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2nd month

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3rd month

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4th month

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