What may be causing your baby’s chaotic behavior?
Or, at least, that’s how it looks to us. From a child’s perspective, they’re not making a mess, they’re working hard on some serious experiments. The pots aren’t just pots, they’re musical instruments, and the food is great edible fingerpaint.
Messes are a part of life with a baby. You will be constantly cleaning up after them, but it is all part of their development. You can involve your baby in cleaning up at any time. ” “Now it’s time to put everything away!” Could you give me a hand? You’ll probably have to do almost all the work yourself, but your observant infant will join in eventually.
Your 10-Month-Old Baby’s Development
Stack ‘Em Up
Stacking toys may be a big hit these days. Stacking helps improve focus, patience, persistence, and hand-eye coordination. Your kiddo may have to keep restarting their tower of toys, but they’re learning to persevere through it. The children won’t be surprise when they start intentionally knocking over their creations since they would like to hear them crash and have fun building them up again.
First Words From a 10-Month-Old Baby…Are Signed, Not Spoken
Although babies may not be able to speak for several months, they can communicate through sign language. As your child grows, they will start to understand and use simple signs like nodding their head for “yes” or shaking it for “no.” They may also begin pointing to what they want or putting up a hand to push away unwanted food.
Sign language is a great way to start communication with your child. At 1 year old, your child may be able to speak two to three words, but by using sign language, they can communicate up to 10 to 20 words.
Signing is a skill that is more likely to develop in a child’s “toddler brain”, which is the right half of the brain that is developing faster than the left “adult” half. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for adult talents such as patience, eloquence, analytical ability, and delayed gratification, which will all develop later. The emotions are centered in the right brain and that is also where we learn to use body language to communicate our feelings. We can use our voice, facial expressions, gestures, and more to add meaning to the words we say and express our happiness, sadness, and a wide range of emotions.
Singing Is Fun, Too
Your baby is beginning to enjoy music as another fun “toddler” brain skill. You don’t need to worry about your singing skills – your baby loves you no matter what! The fans love your voice and they love when you sing little ditties. When you notice your child getting excited over hearing familiar tunes, it’s a sign that they’re beginning to develop a sense of rhythm.
Don’t be afraid to give them a new version! Your partner will also enjoy it when you occasionally mix things up. Try singing a song a little slower than usual, then speed it up. Play with the high and low pitch of your voice, add in some pauses, and accent different words.
Baby Steps Toward Baby Steps for 10-Month-Olds
You’ve heard that crawling comes before walking. This greatly simplifies the vast challenge your baby must face. Between crawling and walking, your baby needs to learn to stand on their own, as well as cruising (which is walking while holding onto something for support, like your fingers or a sofa).
Why is this such a huge challenge? Because of your child’s huge, heavy brain. Your child’s head weighs approximately 2 pounds, which is equivalent to our heads being twice as large and heavy. What’s more, their neck is skinny, their muscles are feeble, and their sense of balance is like that of a drunk sailor. It would be difficult to imagine being tipsy and trying to balance on 4-foot stilts.
Now you understand why they keep their feet wide apart when they stand and grab onto whatever they can for support. The children are excited and proud because they are taking their first steps.
In addition to all of the benefits, standing also gives them a brand new view of the world that is exciting. crawling on the carpet makes them feel like they are suddenly much higher up. I can see why they wouldn’t want to stop and pull to standing even when they wake at night.
Once babies develop the ability to balance and coordinate, they will eventually be able to put the two skills together in order to take their first steps. On average, babies start taking solo steps around their first birthday, with some babies starting a few months earlier or later. A study from the Swiss National Science Foundation has found that the timing of actions has no relation to intelligence or coordination. But it tests our intelligence. We must take precautions such as removing lamps and TV cords that a toddler can tug, installing childproof latches on cabinets, and putting up gates around stairs.
Bedtime Routine for 10-Month-Old Babies
It is a good idea to establish a bedtime routine when your baby is on a more predictable day-night schedule. Here are a few things to consider:
- In a sense, a good bedtime starts during the day with time outside for sun and fresh air and eating good food, and taking naps to avoid getting overtired.
- About 30 to 60 minutes before you plan to turn the lights out, start the pre-bed routine: dim the house lights, turn on some rumbly white noise, turn off the TV, and do quiet play (reading, massage, bath time, etc).
- Start the “get in bed” routine 20 to 30 minutes before bedtime. Some combo of singing, snuggles and reading stories is a good place to start. The white noise is on, the lights are dim, and the temperature should be between 66 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 22 degrees Celsius). Check that your child is not cold by feeling the ears and nose. If they’re cool to the touch, bundle your babe a bit more or turn up the room temperature.
A Week-by-Week Guide to Your Baby’s First-Year Milestones
Newborn babies are still getting used to life outside of the womb. They are making progress in their first month by being able to focus their eyes and make new sounds.
1-Month Baby Milestones
You can expect your baby to be able to do smoother movements, smiles, and lifting their head at 1 month old.
2-Month Baby Milestones
At two months, your baby may start cooing and making other sounds. They may also be awake for longer periods of time and start to experiment with their hands.
3-Month Baby Milestones
Baby milestones at 3 months get even more exciting. At this age, you can expect your baby to babble, laugh, and have better developed hand-eye coordination. In addition to smiling and cooing, your baby may start becoming mobile by attempting to roll over. So, get ready for this active stage!
4-Month Baby Milestones
Your baby’s personality will become more playful as they reach 4 months old. Some things you can expect your 4-month-old to do are blow raspberries, point, and express emotions. Keep an eye out for these specifics.
5-Month Baby Milestones
A 5-month-old wants to move! As they get older, they will start to try to crawl and use their muscles in new ways. Here’s the lowdown.
6-Month Baby Milestones
Achievements during your baby’s first year may vary more wildly in the middle of the year. For example, while your friend’s baby might start crawling earlier, yours may wait until closer to the average age. Both parents working outside of the home and parents staying at home are normal, according to the AAP. Here’s what else you can expect.
7-Month Baby Milestones
Your baby is maturing emotionally at 7 months. Your baby is growing and changing every day! They love playing with you, are working on their mobility, and are becoming more dexterous. Here’s what else you can expect.
8-Month Baby Milestones
Your 8-month-old is becoming coordinated and strong! They are learning to understand common words and how to make a toy make noise. Get ready for your baby to start pulling themselves up on furniture!
9-Month Baby Milestones
Your baby is now more mobile and can get into many things. Be prepared for the following milestones that will occur during the 9th month.
Now is a good time to begin making your home safe for your baby by removing any hazards that they could get to. Though they are small, their curiosity is vast and their ability to move quickly takes them to new places frequently.
At 38 weeks gestation, your baby will likely have developed enough hair to leave a trail of hair wherever they go. As they move around the house, they may pull books off shelves and clear cabinets of their contents. They may even happily tip over wastebaskets. Though cleaning up after them constantly is tiring, their inquisitiveness is a natural part of their development.
If your baby seems like it’s always putting something in its mouth, you’re probably correct. During the 8 to 12 month period, babies are constantly salivating, flipping objects over, or hitting small objects.
While you go about your day doing normal tasks, your baby is watching you very closely. They’re also starting to imitate you. For example; if they were given the opportunity, they might use a toothbrush to clean their gums or teeth, or they might try to comb their hair. Your baby needs to mimic in order to learn.
10-Month Baby Milestones
Babies at 10 months old love repetition and exploration. Babies are beginning to understand that people and objects still exist even when they are not in view.
If you’ve been spending the past few nights rereading Goodnight Moon at your baby’s insistence, you may be wondering why. Some children may find comfort in looking at each page of a book and seeing the same images and hearing the same words repeatedly. Do not argue with them when they ask you to repeat things, as this will help them to feel more confident.
Your baby is probably giving you plenty of exercises. At week 42, your baby is always on the move, discovering new and faster ways of moving. They are likely to be moving around while holding on to furniture, and may even be taking a few unsteady steps on their own. The more time they spend practicing using their legs, the stronger and more coordinated they’ll become.
Your baby may now be able to understand that objects exist even when they cannot see them. The children will search for a misplaced book by looking under blankets, or they will play games where they drop a toy in a container and then turn it upside down to find it again. You can help your child understand the concept of object permanence by playing a basic game of hide-and-seek. For example, if you hide a toy under a cup and let them find it, they will be engaged in the activity.
Your baby has discovered that there are things in the world that can’t be seen from ground level. It is irresistible for babies to be attracted to stairs and furniture, so be sure to have installed safety gates.
11-Month Baby Milestones
Your 11-month-old is becoming more and more independent. They pride themselves on doing things themselves. They may begin walking—or at least trying! You should be alert and ready to help your child during these 11-month milestones.
At this point, your baby is probably more interested in feeding themselves than being fed by someone else and might even try to grab the spoon away from you during meal times.
Your baby’s personality is blossoming now. They’re developing their own opinions and easily express their preferences for people and activities. If your baby is trying to fight you during diaper changes, it may be because they are beginning to develop a sense of independence. This is a good thing, and means they are growing up!
To limit accidents, establish some ground rules for your mobile baby. While it is important for them to learn through exploration, they also need some limits and boundaries. Walk to the sidewalk, then stop. With some consistency, you’ll notice improvements week by week.
12-Month Baby Milestones
It’s toddler time! At 12 months, your baby’s physical appearance and behavior are more like that of a child than a baby. Kids need reassurance from their parents even when they’re trying to be independent.