What’s happening with your baby?
By 10 months, she may have reached the following stages:
Going for a cruise: When she’s awake, your baby may want to try to stand a lot of the time. She may now be cruising round the furniture, holding on to sofas as she slowly edges her way along, slowly taking slightly bigger side-steps.
Up and down: Now that your baby is probably on the move, she may also have the strength (and definitely the desire) to start venturing up or down stairs. This means now is the time to be extra vigilant and don’t underestimate how fast your baby can move. When you do let her climb, you need to watch her at all times, as it’s easy for her to roll off a step at this stage.
How you can help your baby this month
Soft landings: Reward your baby’s newfound ability to get around by creating a safe environment for her to move about in. Her grip on the furniture that she’s using to support herself while standing may slip, or she may move her upper body too far ahead of her feet. Cushions for her to clamber around on or support herself on will limit the chances of too many knocks.
Fast food: One of the unexpected aspects of this driving desire to get about can be a loss of interest in breastfeeding – as she doesn’t want too stay still for too long. Try to be patient and encouraging, and don’t be too hurt if your baby is easily distracted during feeds from now on.
Your baby’s health
Keep on running… Her nose, that is. Bouts of teething are probably becoming more regular and with them come red cheeks, grumpy discomfort and often cold-like symptoms. Unless your baby is weak and not eating, these odd days of feeling unwell will pass with just some comfort from you and where needed a little spoonful of infant paracetamol.
My, what a big girl! Your baby’s progress on solids should have ensured that her diet is now getting more varied plus she’s building up her muscles. Although your baby can move about, her big appetite will probably mean she puts on lots of weight and isn’t quite active enough yet to work it all off. Don’t be too alarmed by her lovely, plump body so long as she’s still following the same line on her growth chart.
Play ideas for your baby
Move along: Your baby loves playing with toys that move across the floor and that she has to chase. She’ll find small balls particularly appealing and amusing. Sit her on the floor opposite you, with herlegs splayed out in front of her, and roll a small, soft ball towards her, so she can stop it and pick it up. Encourage her to see if she’ll try to roll it back to you.
Your baby’s development may not be exactly the same as these descriptions since all children will develop at their own pace. This is an approximate guide of some of the new skills your little one may be developing. If you have any concerns, always speak to your health visitor or GP.