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Milestones in the Development of a 10-Month-Old Baby

by Michelle Blessing, studioD

Your may be wondering about the development of your 10-month-old baby. Is he developing normally? What can I do to facilitate learning and growth? Knowing what to look for as far as milestones are concerned will help you answer much-needed questions and provide an environment rich in learning.

Motor Skills

Your baby should sit up without assistance and may even begin pulling herself into a standing position. Babies of this age generally creep or crawl across the floor to explore and get from place to place. Some babies might even be walking by 10 months of age, but this is the exception, not the rule. A baby will have improved hand-eye coordination. He will grasp at small items using a pincer grasp, and he should pass items from hand to hand while playing.


A 10-month-old baby is beginning to understand the idea of object permanence, or the fact an object exists even when it is out of sight. He will begin to look for hidden objects or play peek-a-boo. Stranger anxiety also begins to set in around this age, so expect crying and sadness when you need to leave your baby for periods of time, as your baby is realizing you exist beyond the scope of the room he is in. Babies of this age love to imitate and will copy the every move of parents, siblings and other caregivers.


Babbling begins to move into actual words, and many babies this age begin making recognizable sounds. "Mama," "Dada" and other common words will become a part of her everyday language. Your baby is beginning to understand more language at this point, as well, and she will likely be upset to hear the infamous word "No!". 10-month-old babies will also wave goodbye, point or make other gestures to communicate wants and needs.

Facilitating Growth and Learning

There are several things parents can do to further boost the growth and learning of their 10-month-old. Create an environment that is safe and inviting, allowing your baby to explore without fear. Cabinet locks, baby gates and other safety devices are a must at this stage. Read books to your child on a regular basis to facilitate language development and understanding. Talk to your baby and give him a chance to answer, even if you can't quite understand at this point. Begin to provide limits to help your baby understand the difference between right and wrong behaviors.

About the Author

Michelle Blessing has experience in child development, parenting, social relationships and mental health, enhanced by her work as a clinical therapist and parent educator. Blessing's work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing her master's degree in psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis.

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