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Baby Development: Your 10-Month-Old

Now that your baby is 10 months old, you’ve probably been noticing a lot of big changes. And you may be amazed at how fast your baby is turning into an independent little person who gets around, plays, and communicates like a pro. You also should be getting a sense of your baby’s personality by now -- quiet or outgoing, calm or adventurous. And you no doubt have noticed that your baby already has a few favorite books, stuffed animals, songs, and games.

In this portion of WebMD’s month-by-month guide, you’ll discover what baby milestones you can expect your child to achieve when she’s 10 months old.

Baby Month by Month

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Your baby's first year will be full of joys and challenges. WebMD pediatrician Steven Parker, MD, explains what you can expect as your baby grows and develops.

Tenth Month Baby Milestones: Motor Skills

Your 10-month-old is enjoying the freedom of exploring in many different ways. Babies at this age can crawl, pull from a seated position to standing, squat while holding on or sit back down, and cruise around while holding onto the furniture or your hands. Walking is now just a couple of months away, so you can expect your baby to soon be on the go even more.

At 10 months, your baby’s coordination has improved a lot. Children at this age are pretty adept at picking up small objects in their pincer grasp. Just make sure you still keep anything small enough to pose a choking hazard out of your baby’s little fingers. They're also figuring out how to fit smaller objects into larger ones, which makes stacking cups a lot of fun. And 10-month-olds have the skill to hold a toy in one hand while using the other hand for a different task.

Tenth Month Baby Milestones: Sleep

By 10 months, your baby may be down to a single one-hour nap during the day. If you’re going to skip a nap, it’s better to skip the morning one. An after-lunch nap will help baby stay awake through the afternoon and avoid pre-bedtime crankiness. Your baby should make up for the lost nap by sleeping for an extra hour or two at night.

Tenth Month Baby Milestones: Eating

You can continue to expand your baby’s palate by offering a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, yogurt, and meats. Now that a few teeth have come in, introduce thicker consistencies and more table foods cut up into small pieces.

If you haven’t done so already, try giving your baby a spoon and letting her feed herself. Pick a utensil with a large, easy-to-grasp handle. The first few times your baby feeds herself will be messy, but every mess can be cleaned, and eating independently is an important skill to learn.

A lot of new parents prefer to buy organic baby foods instead of the traditional brands. These foods are more expensive, but are they worth the extra cost? There is some evidence that organic baby foods contain fewer pesticide residues than conventional baby foods. But they don’t have any more vitamins or other nutrients than the regular brands. Ultimately the decision of whether to go organic depends on your own preference.

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