Your baby is now ten months old and entering the eleventh month.
In this series of articles, we are focusing on physical, mental and behavioural characteristics that are typically exhibited at each stage. However, remember that every child is unique and that is what we love about them. Some will exhibit certain behaviours early and some later. Just learn to enjoy parenthood and your children and go on the journey with them.
Also, when you read this series of articles, don't leave after reading one entry. Look at the entries for earlier and later periods also. This series of articles is written as a continuum and not as distinct entries for each period. For example, if your baby is six months old, read all entries from four to eight months.
Do bring it to your doctor's attention if there is an abnormal delay in reaching a developmental milestone. Regular visits to the paediatrician are required to ensure that your baby is progressing normally.
From the mouths of babes
- I am starting to call out to my parents - papa, mama, appa, amma etc.
- I like to feed myself even if I make a mess most of the time
- I have favourites amongst my toys
- I can say "no" and even shake my head. Get used to it!!
- Your baby may pull himself up to a standing position by holding on to furniture or other strong objects.
- Your baby can also maintain his balance and sit down, from a standing position.
- Your baby may start taking sidesteps while holding on to a sofa
- Your baby may be able to take baby steps (two to three) independently
- Crawling still remains her primary mode of transport. She may even be crawling upstairs and downstairs.
- Your baby can identify various parts of the body when you say their names
- This is when mothers start thinking about the time when their babies will be completely weaned from breast milk. When you do that it is important that you are ready to provide the child a diet that is balanced and contains enough proteins, iron, calcium and other ingredients for your baby's growth.
- Your baby knows you very well now. He knowns when you are happy and appreciative. Encourage him a lot. Smile and clap your hands when he does something so he feels happy.
- Sit with your baby and sway your head and body to music, so he can imitate you. He may also hold on to something and bounce to music.
- Coach your baby through the dos and donts gently. Use a different tone consistently, to show the baby when something wrong is done. A firm "No" is an example. But don't use that tone all the time. More often than not, you should take the baby out of the situation or distract her. Don't expect your baby to remember that you said "No" for that activity. A few days later, she may do the same thing again.
- Stacking toys
- Activity boxes (or busy boxes) where doing something makes something else happen
- Toys with levers for baby to press
- Toys with things that can be turned
- Puzzles with 2 to 4 large pieces
- Large, soft balls
- Cloth books, board books with pictures or objects to touch
- Cars for pushing
1. Healthy Start, Grow Smart, Your Ten Month Old, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 2002
2. Indian Academy of Pediatrics, IAP Policy on Infant Feeding
3. Toy Safety Publications of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission