Baby can crawl and will begin to explore the surroundings.
Your baby is now able to pull up from a sitting to standing position.
Can squat while holding on
Can sit down
Walks around while holding on to the parent’s hands or unto the furniture.
Your baby’s fine motor skills at 10 months of age
Baby picks up small objects using the pincer grasp. The pincer grasp is the baby’s ability to grab a small object with the thumb and forefinger. The pincer grasp is very important because it helps the baby to do things like:
feeding him or herself — first without utensils then with; utensils.
buttoning, zipping and snapping the clothing
writing with pencils and crayons.
It is therefore important to help the baby to develop the pincer grasp by providing opportunities:
give finger foods
allow baby to touch, explore and manipulate all kinds of toys and household objects such as
Activity boards or busy boxes that have buttons that the baby can push, switches to flip, and dials to turn..
varying sizes, shapes and textures of Blocks that the baby can stack and knock over. .
lightweight Balls of varying sizes and textures that the baby can push and squeeze.
Kitchen gear is always a hit; give her measuring spoons and cups, wooden spoons, and plastic bowls.
Nesting toys, such as cups or boxes in graduated sizes, are also lots of fun for babies.
How your baby should eat at ten months
Babies need food in adequate amounts and types to provide nutrients which enable the brain and body to develop. A well developed brain helps the child to study and function well in school later in life.
Give a wide variety of foods including vegetables, grains, yogurt, and meats.
Avoid foods which are choking hazards. These include popcorn, raisins, nuts, hard candy, whole grapes, and hot dogs cut into circles.
Feed the baby from the family pot. Take out his or her food before adding seasonings. Cut the food into smaller pieces. Allow the baby to feed him or herself in order to allow the pincer grasp to develop.
Give baby a spoon and allow him or her to feed him or herself. Use a spoon with a large handle.
Multimix principle comes from the Caribbean Food and Nutritional Institute guidelines on food groups to be eaten by people living in the Caribbean.
Here is a video that explains the Caribbean food groups.
According to the multi-mix principle, your child should always be fed from a mixture of two or more food groups from the Caribbean Food Groups. When this is done, foods will complement each other to provide the child with an adequate intake of the essential nutrients needed for growth and development.
There are three types of multi-mixes:
Double mix or two-mix – two food groups are represented.
Triple mix or three mix – three of the food groups are represented.
Quadri-mix or four mix – all four of the foundation food groups are represented.
Regardless of the mix, the Staples group should always be used at each meal.
Examples of multimixes
Staples + Food from Animals e.g. Fish and Green Bananas
Research shows that babies experience a very rapid growth spurt between 6 and 9 months. As a result, the baby has a greater demand for foods rich in energy and other nutrients. breast milk alone is insufficient to meet such growing demands,
Since the baby is growing rapidly, there is a need to add what is called complementary foods to the diet of breast milk. This is absolutely important to enhance the development of the child and to prevent retardation.
Babies should be given a mixture of various foods, or a multimix diet provide:
energy – to prevent malnutrition and retardation in growth,
fats – provide energy and provide essential fatty acids such as the Omega 3 fatty acids which are needed for good health.
protein – prevent malnutrition and energy, grow healthy body parts.
fiber – provide energy so the baby can play, walk, move and develop.
Communication milestones in a 10 month old baby
Babies at this age are mimics, and you may notice your baby copying just about everything you do, from brushing your hair to picking up the phone. Your baby will listen to the sound of your words and will watch you carefully to gauge your reactions to situations. If you cry at a sad movie, for example, you may see your baby’s face crumple up, too.
Ten-month-olds can understand and follow simple, one-step commands, such as “wave bye-bye” or “clap hands.” They also can attach meanings to certain words. When you say “car” or “dog,” your baby may point at the object, and she should respond to the sound of her own name.
How to help your baby to develop his or her communication skills
Engage baby in real conversations even though he or she is unable to respons. You can respond to the babbles with words like, “Really?” or “That’s so interesting!” You can also carry on a conversation using a stuffed animal or puppet. You’ll encourage your baby to keep talking and learning new words.
Play music to help the baby to dance to the rhythm.
At 10 months, your baby should be babbling, making eye contact, and responding to your words and actions. Call your doctor or nurse if you are worried that your baby isn’t communicating appropriately.
How baby sleeps at ten months of age
Sleeping patterns vary in babies, but a child may nap for up to 1 hour during the day. Day time naps are important to help the child to sleep through the night.
Keep objects out of reach since babies are curious and can choke on things they put in their moutns. These include coins, buttons, peanuts, popcorn.
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