The 10 month baby

O bebê de 10 meses

After 10 months, the baby is more autonomous, more agile, the reasoning ability is clear and the motor development is almost completely developed. It crawls much more easily and rests on furniture, walls, your legs and the part that leaves you with your hair on your feet, goes up stairs.

Oh, and changing diapers can be a little more complicated, because he should not stop playing and exploring everything with his eyes and body. You will need to be more skilled than him to finish.

He shows many more gestures and expressions, explores new sounds, reveals unique personality and temperament. Shows jealousy for parents, especially if they are with another child.

You already know the names of objects and body parts, pointing with your finger or picking up when asked. Imitate what you do and try to put some sounds together. The “ma-ma” or “pa-pa” joins the “da-da”, “ne-ne”, “ga-ga”.

Stimuli and games

Talking to your baby is the best stimulus. Talk to him showing to the objects and say his name. Help him to associate the name with things, for example, when he says “bad,” point to yourself and repeat who you are. The same goes for Dad, Grandma and also for objects.

Another way to train language, attention and perception is with the game “where is it?”. Spread toys and objects close to the baby, ask the name and where it is. This game is fun also pointing to people, like the grandmother, who will melt when the grandson points in her direction.

While bathing or changing diapers or clothes, point out body parts and teach names.

Motor coordination is stimulated when you ask him to reach objects on the floor. Clap your hands, celebrating whenever he gets it right and encourage him to get it wrong.

In fact, the baby’s place to play free and safe is on the floor. Make sure the house is ready for him to explore spaces.



Food does not need to be so mashed. It is already possible to offer slightly larger pieces, always under supervision and letting him take it alone.

Fine motor coordination is also developing, which helps in this part, due to the agility of the fingers.

Encourage flavors, chew, show and speak the name of things. All moments are for learning and interaction.


Facing fears and challenges

Your reaction to the challenges the baby faces will influence how the baby will deal with fears. If he falls in an attempt to walk, do not react with an expression of pity or fright, pass security so that he gets up and tries again.

He will need this security a lot for the next few months and years of his life. When he gets scared by some noise, show him what it is and play to repeat the sound. Always keep him calm about it.


No comparisons

Your child is unique and will develop at his pace. Some babies develop faster at certain points and others take longer, which does not mean it is not normal.

Forget comparisons.

Observe your baby’s growth and assess the progress made with the pediatrician. Do not want to accelerate, stimulate calmly and respect the rhythm again.


Karla Mendonça

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