Do you know that oldie but goodie by Little Eva, "The Loco-Motion"?
I'm guessing that could your little one's current theme song. Creeping around
(moving around while the belly still touches the ground) then to scooting
(moving around with one leg moving) to full-blown crawling (on hands and
knees). Triumphantly getting from A to B!
Like everything else, for some this is happening now, while others may not
locomote much for another few months. (Some normal babies never crawl at all
but go from sitting to walking, thereby avoiding the middle man!) A few of
yours may even be pulling to stand and taking a few hesitant, independent steps
And look at for that "neat pincer" grasp, which will scoop up and put
into the mouth the smallest visible objects known to man.
Your Baby's Language
Your baby's simple babbling now has probably morphed into complex
"jargoning." It is complicated and sounds like real sentences, except
in Martian, not English. (In my paranoid days, I decided all 10-month-olds were
speaking their own language which they alone could understand and we adults
couldn't. They are really saying things to each other like "Don't let the
giants know you can talk, so they will think you are more helpless and do more
for you then!")
Likely your baby is in the throes of stranger
and separation anxiety (which we
discussed in detail at 7 months). What this means is that, as in most
developmental stages, human relationships are by far the most
important for establishing emotional bonds and for learning about the
Your Baby's Thinking
Your baby's sense of object permanence is much better and she knows things
continue to exist outside of her perception of them. Additionally, your baby is
learning about what causes things to happen. Previously, things happened
magically, but now she is learning it is pulling a switch that causes the room
to be flooded with light or it is the turning of a switch on the wind-up toy
that actually causes it to move. This is an exciting time for your baby, who is
making great intellectual leaps!
Your Baby's Temperament
Now, let's consider your baby's temperament. By now you, no doubt, know she
has one. For example, is your child:
Intense in all things or mellow and laid back?
Predictable in daily routines (eating sleeping) or frustratingly irregular
(who knows when she is going to be hungry or ready to fall asleep)?
Active or physically passive?
Socially outgoing or slow to warm up?
Easily distracted or has laser-like attention and persistence?
A sensation-seeking, daredevil risk-taker or cautious?
Adapts easily to changes in routine or gets totally bent out of shape?
Overly sensitive to sounds, taste, touch or easily accepting of any
It's may be a bit too early for you to have recognized all of these
temperamental traits, but they will become clearer in the next year. Still, I
wanted to discuss temperament sooner rather than later because I think the
whole concept is so important to think about, especially since it is often an
unnecessary cause of great parent-child strife.