Baby Development: Your 10-Month-Old
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 that you serve as finger foods.
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.
Still be sure you avoid choking hazards such as popcorn, raisins, nuts and hard candy.
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.
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” or "clap hands." They also can attach meanings to certain words. When you say “car” or “dog,” your baby may point at the object, 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.