At 10 months old, your baby is growing and developing rapidly. They are likely crawling, pulling themselves up to stand and maybe even taking a few wobbly steps. Their fine motor skills are also improving as they learn to pick up small objects and feed themselves. You may notice your baby starting to develop a pincer grasp, using their thumb and forefinger to pick up and manipulate objects. They are also becoming more coordinated and can now transfer objects from one hand to the other.
Your baby’s cognitive development is also progressing rapidly. They are starting to understand simple words and commands and can recognize familiar faces and objects. They are beginning to explore cause and effect, such as dropping objects to see what happens. They are also developing a sense of object permanence, which means they understand that things still exist even when they can’t see them.
At 10 months old, your baby is starting to babble and experiment with sounds. They may also start to say a few simple words, such as “mama” or “dada”. They are becoming more expressive and may use gestures such as waving and pointing to communicate their needs and wants.
Your baby is becoming more social and interactive with others around them. They may start to show preferences for certain people and may even experience separation anxiety when away from their primary caregiver. They are also starting to develop a sense of empathy and may display emotions such as happiness, frustration, and anger.
Sleep and Eating Habits
At 10 months old, your baby is likely still taking two naps a day and sleeping around 12 hours at night. They are also starting to eat a wider variety of foods and may be able to handle small pieces of soft, diced foods. It’s important to continue introducing new foods and flavors to encourage healthy eating habits.
Overall, your 10-month-old baby is growing and developing at an incredible pace. They are becoming more mobile, communicative, and social with each passing day. It’s important to provide a safe and stimulating environment to encourage their continued growth and development.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should a 10-month-old be doing?
A 10-month-old baby should be crawling, pulling themselves up to stand, and maybe even taking a few steps. They are also starting to develop a pincer grasp and can pick up small objects. They are becoming more social and interactive with others and may start saying a few simple words.
How much should a 10-month-old sleep?
A 10-month-old baby typically needs around 12 hours of sleep at night and may still take two naps during the day.
What should a 10-month-old be eating?
A 10-month-old baby should be eating a variety of soft, diced foods and may be able to handle small pieces of finger foods. It’s important to continue introducing new foods and flavors to encourage healthy eating habits.
Some 10-month-old babies may start taking a few wobbly steps, but most babies don’t start walking independently until around 12 months old.
How can I encourage my 10-month-old’s development?
Providing a safe and stimulating environment is key to encouraging your 10-month-old’s development. Offer plenty of opportunities for exploration and play, read books together, and encourage healthy eating and sleeping habits.
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