Ten Months Baby

Time passes pretty quickly. And today quietly I celebrate the tenth months milestone.

Many things happen since the first time I was born precisely this day at 1 pm ten months ago. From which time I never look back. I keep growing and developing step by step as per the procedural requirement for a human being to be alive normally.

The processes which requires patient not only from me, but also from the most beloved ones: dad and mom.

A process which is enjoyed immensely by me and my parents once at a time. I remember how delightful was my dad when he saw my umbilical cord fell off. When I was able to roll over, start eating porridge, manage to sit down unassisted, and the most enjoyable of all so far for me and parents are when I was able to crawl for the first time.

My crawling ability was not only cheered by me and parents. It's also greeted with joy by aunty Luth (bik Luthfiyah Syuhud) and uncle Ali (Man Zainal Ali Suyuthi). Because crawling to a baby symbolizes the more important thing than just a crawl: that I am a normal baby. Ability to crawl means I will be able to walk as well.


What do experts say on ten months baby like me?

Body Movement

* Pulls up to stand; holds on with one or two hands.
* May cruise around furniture with a high and deliberate sidestep motion.
* Can sit from a standing position. Can move from a sitting position onto stomach.
* Fascinated with climbing up stairs, but doesn't know how to crawl down yet! Climbs up and down from a chair.
* Crawls into corners or narrow spaces, then doesn't know how to get back out.
* Does not like lying on back except when sleeping. Tries to escape from diaper changes.[1]

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."[2]

Eye-Hand Coordination

* Opens drawers to explore the contents.
* Is interested in fitting things together.
* Continues to refine ability to pick up small items.
* Pokes finger into objects to explore depth.[3]

Encourage Baby's Language Ability

Your baby is just beginning to understand many simple words and phrases, so it's more important than ever to keep talking to him. Give your chatterbox a head start on good speech patterns by repeating his words back to him using adult language. If he asks for a "bah-bah," for example, gently reinforce the correct pronunciation by asking, "Do you want a bottle?" At this stage of the game, it's best to try to avoid the tendency to use baby talk — it's fun, but hearing the right words is better for your baby's development.

Though it may sometimes feel silly, having conversations with your baby is a great way to encourage his language skills. When he rattles off a sentence of gibberish, respond with "Oh, really? How interesting." He'll probably smile and keep chattering away.

Give your baby a play-by-play description of what you're doing — whether you're dicing onions for dinner or folding the laundry. As you put him in his stroller, say, "There you go, into your blue stroller. Now, let's buckle you in and get you comfortable. Okay, we're off to the park."

You can also sing nursery rhymes, demonstrate actions that go with words (saying "bye-bye" and waving, for instance), and play games, such as ring-around-the-rosy, so he learns to identify key words and phrases.[4]

How to Play with Baby

At 10 months, new toy-playing and toy-sharing activities will capture your baby's interest the most. She's also looking for variety in what she sees and does. Enjoy helping her grow.

#Step 1

Show her how to push a small car or truck along the floor. After a while, she'll learn to let go so that the car rolls by itself.

#Step 2

Play "follow the leader"; she'll love to imitate. Use simple gestures like tapping the table, opening and closing your fist, or putting a hat on your head. Talk about what you're doing so she can learn the words.

#Step 3

Talk to her on a real or play phone. She'll learn the fun of carrying on a conversation.

#Step 4

Go outside: She'll enjoy putting leaves, twigs or toys in a pail. At this stage, she'll enjoy putting things into other things.

#Step 5

Put a small toy inside a paper bag or box. As she struggles to get it, she'll increase her understanding of inside and out.

#Step 6

Build her a tower of blocks. She will enjoy watching them wobble and tumble.

#Step 7

Reserve a cabinet for her toys; putting them away can be half the fun.

#Step 8

Help her blow bubbles using a straw in her bathwater. You blow, and see if she'll imitate you.[5]

Engaging More

At this point, you can interact in an even more complex and creative way with your baby. While classic activities such as chatting with and singing to your baby are still effective, you can also try the following, including:

* Buy puppets or make them from old mittens or socks by drawing faces with marking pens. To help increase your baby's language skills, make the puppet talk to your baby and encourage her to talk back.
* Cut out pictures of things such as a ball, animals, and other familiar objects from magazines and paste them in a scrapbook. Look at this scrapbook with her and help her point to the pictures as you name them.
* Singing familiar songs and reading nursery rhymes.[6]

Separation and Stranger Fear

Believe it or not, continuing separation anxiety and fear of strangers are signs that your baby has a healthy relationship with you. Fortunately, here are some ways you can cope with them:

* Do your best to leave her with people she's familiar with.
* Be sensitive to your baby's needs. Introduce her to new people and new situations gradually and carefully. Try not to leave her when she's tired, hungry, or sick.
* Practice separating by leaving her with someone in another room for short periods. Your baby will learn that she's OK when you're gone, and that you'll always come back.
* Leave quickly — she'll gradually stop crying once you're out of sight.[7]

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[1] parenting.ivillage.com
[2] ibid
[3] ibid
[4] babycenter.com
[5] ehow.com
[6] similac.com
[7] ibid

About Me:
I am a 299 days / 10 months old baby
A breastfed baby for 6 months and a formula-fed baby months after.