Infant Development: Your Baby's Tenth Month

As your baby enters her tenth month, what types of developments can you expect?

The tiny baby you once held in your arms all bundled up in a blanket is now starting to crawl and walk (with helping hands) around the house, picking things up and throwing them about. Your baby has quickly made the transition from purely formula or breast milk to solid foods that can turn an otherwise clean kitchen into a slippery mess. Your baby has not yet turned one yet, but she is fast approaching her toddler years. During her tenth month, what are some of the new developments you can expect?

During the preceding months, your baby has gone from simply bouncing up and down in a crawling position to walking around using the sofa as support. By the end of the tenth month, your baby will still be needing some form of guidance, so try holding both of her hands and walking her around the house so she can learn to balance more. When she seems to get the hang of that, try holding only one of her hands. Before you know it, she will become more and more confident and be that much closer to letting go and walking on her own.

It was only a few months ago that your baby's talk was limited only to goo's and ga's. She has probably already said "Dada" and "Mama" by this time, more than likely due to your repeated use of the words. Up until now, however, she may not have associated those words with you and your spouse. As she enters her tenth month, she is now beginning to realize that "Dada" refers to her father and "Mama" to her spouse, so be prepared to hear her calling you from across the entire house.



You will start to see that your baby is developing her own little personality. As your baby's mind develops, she will also, no doubt, begin to also start having her own fears. You may notice that she will want to sleep with a night light on in her room or cry loudly and fearfully if she wakes up in the middle of a lightning and thunder storm. If your child does not sleep in your room, let her know that you are there to help comfort her and do your best to help her get back to sleep by rubbing her back or singing to her. You do not want to get into a pattern of taking her out of her crib and putting her in your bed anytime she gets scared. Helping her to understand that she will be all right if she simply goes back to sleep will help her confront and conquer her fears (at least for the time being).

This is a pivotal time for you to help your baby develop her mental skills, so do your best to read to her every single day. Buy a book of nursery rhymes to sing to her, and you may find that she starts to sing along with you (even though she may not get all of the words right or sings in her baby-speak). Show her a book of numbers (start off small with 1 through 10) and repeat the numbers to her. You can do the same with a book of letters, colors and shapes. Take her on trips to the local park or botanical garden and, as you push her around in the stroller, point to things you see and say the name. For example, if you see a squirrel on the path in front of you, stop for a moment and point it out to her. Repeat the word squirrel until she starts to mimic the sounds you make.

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