10 months old

Developmental Milestones

There’s just no stopping your little mover now that he or she is one step closer to taking first steps. While your baby’s crawling and walking developments are likely to take center stage, there are other milestones that your baby might hit this month. (As always, keep in mind that babies develop at their own rates, so it’s important to bring up any concerns with your doctor.)

Your 10-month-old might be able to:

  • Pull up to stand
  • Understand and enjoy peek-a-boo games, which is a big step in understanding the concept of object permanence (meaning that when an object is covered, it doesn’t disappear completely)
  • Say “mama” or “dada,” even if it’s not in the correct context
  • Get into a sitting position from his or her stomach
  • Pick up objects with his or her thumb and forefinger, otherwise known as the pincer grasp
  • “Cruise” around the room holding onto furniture
  • Clap hands
  • Wave “hi” or “bye”
  • Creep or crawl (although a rare percentage of babies skip right to walking)
  • Point to something that he or she wants
  • Put objects into a container (and then probably dump them right out)
  • Possibly stand alone for a couple of seconds
  • Understand simple words and phrases, like “no”


Playtime is a very important part of your baby’s development, although you’ll now have to keep a close eye to make sure that innocent playtime doesn’t turn into a dangerous situation. Here are some games that your baby will love to learn from:

  • “Where’s Mama? Peek-a-boo!” Nothing cracks up a 10 month old like a long, giggly game of peek-a-boo, especially now that he or she understands the concept of object permanence. Before, when an object was out of sight it was completely out of mind. But now your little one is mature enough to understand that just because something isn’t seen doesn’t mean it isn’t there. (And you thought it was just a silly game!)
  • As always your baby will love pots, pans, spoons, blocks, cars and balls – anything that can be banged, crashed and rolled.
  • If your baby insists on getting into the child-locked kitchen cabinets, give your baby one low-level cabinet strictly for their own exploration. Fill it with pots, pans, some Tupperware bowls, wooden spoons, dish towels, etc. – and give your baby free reign. (Bonus: You’ll actually be able to cook.) Just make sure that there isn’t anything dangerous or breakable in your baby’s cabinet.
  • Another game that your baby will love is “Patty Cake” (or any made up sing-song) accompanied by clapping hands. At 10 months, your baby might not fully open his or her hands for independent clapping, but the skill will come in the next month or two. Until then, show your baby how to clap and then help clap his or her hands together.
  • This is also the perfect age for other songs with movements, like “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Mr. Sun.”
  • Your baby is starting to understand certain words and phrases, so it’s important to keep the conversations going. Continue reading, talking, explaining and labeling throughout playtime.
  • As for toys, your little one will love to mimic mom with pretend cell phones, remotes and ride-in cars.
  • If your baby is starting to cruise around more than last month, you might want to get a sturdy push toy to encourage walking.
  • Your baby will also like to fill and dump, like with a bucket or bin.
  • Find more age-appropriate toys here.

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19 thoughts on “Newborn Care: An introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Maribel Riel says:

    Since its my first baby i want to learn more. Your site is a good help for a first time mom like me. Thanks

  2. pavani says:

    thanks for providing information

  3. nancy inyene bassey says:

    My baby has cough and cattarh.

  4. kamakshi says:

    my baby has cough and cold tele me home medicine

  5. Faith victor says:

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  6. Chitra kohli says:


  7. damsel says:

    my baby is 10 month she’s vomiting & her stool is white & watery.is it symptom of teeting?

  8. Eme says:

    am so afraid i could be pregnant four months after birth,though i have not seen my period and my husband came into me today.cos i allowed it. Could i be pregnant?

  9. JJ says:

    Hi i dont knw much bt the stools being white cud b something to do with liver of baby bt only if its like chalk white bt hope its not that id take my lo to docters just to make sure cuz the colour of stool is a big concern and the vomiting ofcause bt hope baby gets better

  10. Mythily says:

    I was just gonna buy a pair of shoes for my 11 months old and lucky that i got to read this. Very helpful, thanks.

  11. bimal says:

    my baby is seven month old but can not sit up now what problem

  12. de dun says:

    My 6 month old is teething,she has cold and cattarh and hasn’t bn feeding well
    Am really worried

  13. madhumita rath says:

    my baby has cough &cold problem plz suggest me how to protect

  14. Tberry says:

    More enlightment on two month old baby.

  15. selamawit says:

    really good guide lines for all first time mom like me. thanks!

  16. My baby 4months and two weeks, he can roll over, pulling up, but he can’t sit without support. He can grab things and try to put in the mouth. He can only smile but not laughing, he blow bubbles a lot, yet he doesn’t recognize her name

  17. carol says:

    am a working lady and i breast feed my baby only at night but he has not yet seated yet he’s now 5 months ,what could be the problem?

  18. miriam says:

    My 4 months old baby is very active. feeds only on breast milk. Could d breast milk be the cause?

  19. jess says:

    Are you bottle or breast feeding?

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