Development and Characteristics of a Ten Month Old Baby

Parenting September 27, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF

Parenting Tips for Your 10 Month Old Baby

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How I Grow

  • I crawl up steps, but I haven't learned how to get back down yet.
  • I walk if you hold my hands, or I can hold on to furniture.
  • I sit down from a standing position.
  • I climb up on to chairs and then climb down again.
  • I feed myself with my fingers, and I help hold my cup.
  • I carry things in one hand without dropping them.
  • I may have trouble sleeping at night because I'm restless.

How I Talk

  • I may understand simple sentences.
  • I can say no and shake my head from side to side.
  • I am interested in conversations when I hear familiar words.
  • I know a few words besides ma-ma and da-da.
  • I may really test your patience when I repeat the same words all day long. Or, I may say no words at all.

How I Respond

  • I know when you approve or disapprove of what I do.
  • I cry if another child gets more attention than I do.
  • I still don't like being away from you.
  • I like to imitate people, gestures, and sounds.

How I Feel

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  • I have many different feelings now - sad, happy, mad, scared.
  • I can be very moody, and I get upset easily.
  • I may still feel shy around people.
  • I am sensitive to other children's moods.

How I Understand

  • I know which toys belong to me, and I have some favorites.
  • I will look for something - if I see you hide it.
  • I know that if I don't see a toy, that doesn't mean it's gone forever.
  • If my toys are out of reach, I get them myself and play with them.
  • I am beginning to know that I am a boy or a girl.

Learn more about Your 10 Month Old Baby from Just In Time Parenting. You can also go to our Resource Links for additional information on child care and development.
Note to Parents: When reading this newsletter, remember: Every baby is different. Children may do things earlier or later than described here. This newsletter gives equal space and time to both sexes. If he or she is used, we are talking about all babies.
References: These materials were adapted by authors from Extension Just in Time Parenting Newsletters in California, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Wisconsin.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.