Baby Development: Your 10-Month-Old
Tenth Month Baby Milestones: Communication
Babies at this age are mimics, and you may notice your baby copying just about everything you do, from brushing your hair to picking up the phone. Your baby will listen to the sound of your words and will watch you carefully to gauge your reactions to situations. If you cry at a sad movie, for example, you may see your baby’s face crumple up, too.
Ten-month-olds can understand and follow simple, one-step commands, such as “wave bye-bye.” They also can attach meanings to certain words. When you say “car” or “dog,” your baby may point at the animal in question, and she should respond to the sound of her own name.
Tips for Your Baby’s Tenth Month:
- Even though your baby isn’t talking yet, engage her in real conversations. For instance, respond to her babbles with “Really?” or “That’s so interesting!” Or carry on a conversation using a stuffed animal or puppet. You’ll encourage your baby to keep talking and learning new words.
- Turn on the tunes. Any type of music will work, whether it’s pop, country, or show tunes. Your baby will love bopping and bouncing along to the rhythm.
- Hide toys and help your little one look for them to practice object permanence-the idea that things continue to exist, even when she can’t see them.
- At 10 months, your baby should be babbling, making eye contact, and responding to your words and actions. If you are worried that your baby isn’t communicating appropriately, call your pediatrician for an evaluation.