The one thing that is important to remember more than anything is that milestones are not going to be met by every baby at the same time. Milestones are simply the average age of when a baby is going to be able to do something; some children can do it sooner, others will develop it later on. The thing you cannot do is compare your baby to other babies because there are numerous factors that go into how a baby develops. If you are concerned about your baby’s development, the best thing that you can do is to talk to your child’s doctor to determine if anything needs to be done.
At ten-months old, one of the things that your baby is going to be developing is their vocabulary. Right now, your baby is only just beginning to understand simple words and phrases. The best thing that you can do for them at this age is to talk to your baby as often as you can. While it might seem odd to have a conversation with your baby, doing this is the best way to encourage their language skills. While you may not understand all of their babble in the beginning, soon enough you will be able to recognize some words or perhaps gestures that make it even more fun. The one thing that you want to avoid when talking to your baby at this stage is baby talk. The reason for this is that it is best for your child to hear the correct pronunciation of the word because it is what is best for your baby.
Baby’s pincer grasp is coming into focus.
As your baby gets older, their fingers are also becoming more agile. By ten-months old, your baby will be able to pick up objects that are about the size of a pea with their pincer grasp. They can do this without having to rest their wrist on a solid surface. When allowing your child to practice this new technique, make sure that the items are not so small that they could choke on them, but you also want to make sure they are edible as well, since it will end up in your baby’s mouth!
Around ten-months of age, your baby should be crawling well on their hands and knees with their trunk off the floor. However, don’t worry if your baby has skipped this stage, some babies go from scooting to standing; they learn how to crawl after they learn how to walk, Your baby will also be able to sit unsupported, move in and out of a sitting position with ease, and can also pull themselves up into a standing position. Some babies at this age might begin to walk while holding onto furniture and they might even let go to begin standing on their own.
Something else that you are going to notice around ten-months is that your baby is no longer a helpless infant. They are still going to need plenty of care and support, but their independence is also becoming quite evident. Your baby is going to show their growing independence through helping you dress them by holding out arms or legs. Your baby might also hand feed themselves an entire meal or pick up the cup and start drinking from it on their own.
By ten-months old, your baby has a great grasp of the cause and effect concept. You might start noticing that your baby drops toys or other objects on purpose because they want you to pick it up for them. The dropping and picking up becomes a game itself, something like Adult Fetch, which will tire you out but keep your baby amused for hours!