Your Baby at 10 Months

Thinking Skills

  • Tries to figure out how big his body is by crawling into small spaces to see how (if) he fits in there.
  • May have a few words, such as "hi," "bye-bye," animal sounds.
  • Begins requesting objects by pointing to them.
  • Imitates "shh" with finger over mouth to signal quiet.
  • Imitates phone conversations on toy telephone.
  • Searches for a hidden object if he sees you hide it.
  • Follows a one-step instruction, such as "Go to Daddy."

Emotional Development

  • Seeks companionship and attention. Has very strong attachment to caregivers. May stop exploratory behavior when approached by a stranger. Turns around to check your presence as she crawls away.
  • Expresses the emotions of hurt, sadness and happiness. Is learning emotions by directly experiencing a situation and by watching how others react when things happen to them.
  • Begins to cooperate with getting dressed and drying herself with a towel at bath time.
  • Loves to swish toys in water, wade in water and drop things into water, including the toilet. (Note: Put lid lock on toilet!)

To learn more about your baby's growth and development, read the following:

- Your Baby at 9 Months
- Your Baby at 11 Months

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