10 months old
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.