Development and Health Care for a 10 Month Old Baby

The increase in body weight slows down. The 10 month old baby only becomes taller rapidly. It's more energetic when playing than when it's eating. Its food intake also decreases. As the child has just started learning how to talk, use onomatopoetic words and language (the formation of a word, such as cuckoo, meow, honk, or boom, by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent) to stimulate the language development of the 10 month old baby.

Height74.6cm (Boy) 73.5 (Girl)
Body weight9.68kg (Boy) 9.24kg (Girl)
DevelopmentKnows how to say meaningful words such as “mama”.
Likes to imitate others.
Amount of milk consumedMilk powder 210-240c.c. X 3 times, alternating with breast milk once every 4 hours. Feed weaning food 3 times.

The Baby's Characteristics at this Age

1. Can stand up on its own

10 month old baby

The 10 month old baby can now crawl about very skillfully and will also hold onto the sofa or cupboards to stand up. It can also walk along with the support of these objects.

Moreover, it's capable of standing up without holding onto anything for support.

These repetitive actions mean that the child has already developed the confidence to stand and take strides forward independently.

That only lasts for a few moments though or it sits down immediately after some hesitation.Children whose motor development is good can take one or two steps forward on their own already.

2. Improved ability to control its fingers

When the child can feed itself, this means its hands and eyes coordination and its arms activity level have improved greatly. The child will become more mischievous and can deftly grab and throw things around with its hands. Its fingers become stronger and more agile and will also often open the dressing table's drawers. As fingers control is very closely related to brain development, it's good to give toys that include the use of fingers to promote brain development.

3. Can move its body freely

Though the child still cannot walk properly, its whole body can move freely. It'll grab, touch and observe things around it for no reason at all. It'll twist its body here and there and even if it tilts its body, it'll know how to support it with its hands and will not fall easily. The child can also sit for a while and play independently by its own. When the child can independently move its body like this, it means it can now leave its mother and learn to be independent.

Important Dietary Tips

1. Create nutritionally balanced menus

Every type of food has its own value of nutrition and is different in its efficacy. If the child only likes eating one type of food, it'll be difficult for it to achieve nutritional balance from food especially when its intake of breast milk and milk powder is now reduced. Hopefully it can enjoy enough nutrition from weaning food. So add variety by using every group of food so that the child can have nutritional balance.

2. Experiment with different types of food flavors

The child can now distinguish what it likes and dislikes and will start to pick on its food. However, it's still unbiased and impartial towards food, so it lets taste a variety of food and various cooking methods to prevent it from developing dietary bias. Nutritional and dietary habits formed at this age will have a lifelong impact into adulthood, so more attention should be paid to the child's diet. If the child doesn't have any health issues or allergies, give it everything which the adults eat such as grains, vegetables, fish, meat and fruits.

Self-awareness and Emotional Development

1. Keener sense of curiosity

The child will be very concerned with other’s reactions after flinging something or the sound which the object makes. It'll start experimenting with different objects and methods. So it'll repeatedly pick up and fling the object away and will even chuckle happily while engaging in the activity. If the adults interfere and prohibit the child's activities, they'll diminish its curiosity and desire to explore. So prohibition should be exercised selectively. However, if the child is free to behave as it wishes, its behavior may inconvenience others, so it should be restricted appropriately. While trying to satisfy the child's curiosity and sense of exploration, as much as possible, do note the child's upbringing too. The mother can teach and explain the right things to do to her child on the side.

2. Accurately expresses its self-assertiveness

As the child's self-assertiveness develops, it'll cry if it doesn't get its way. If it wants to be carried but is refused, it'll sit on the floor and start kicking its legs. When the child is angry or sees something it doesn't like, it'll close its eyes. It's surprising how its emotional and intellectual capabilities have developed. The child is now much aware of the meaning of “no” and will also know how to observe the countenances and behavior of people around it. If something is interesting, the child will respond again and again to express its affirmation. Though it still doesn't know how to respond to what its mother is talking about, it'll express acknowledgment or agreement with sounds.

Care Essentials for a 10 Month Old Baby

1. Use Onomatopoeia and Sound Symbolism

When child first starts making speech sounds, they have no problem pronouncing the labials "b, p, m". Kids start out by learning single words. They might say, "pu, pu" or "baba" when they see a car; "ma ma," when they see food; and "wangwang," when they see a dog.

To foster these special skills, show your child picture books or tell stories. This not only aids linguistic development, but also contributes to vocabulary growth. Even if your child can't speak, there is nothing to worry about as long as they can communicate with you. However, if your child doesn't turn their head when you call their name, or if they don't respond sound at all, you should take them to see a pediatrician.

2. Give Toys that Exercise the Fingers

Your child should play with things that allow their fingers to move freely, that can be squeezed, and that allow them to adjust their finger-strength. If you frequently witness you child playing with and grasping or shaking their toys, it means that they have developed good concentration skills. You might find your child rifling through drawers or overturning trashcans, getting themselves dirty as they play to their heart's content.

3. Limit Nursing or Begin Weaning

If you child still wants to nurse after turning one, doing so intermittently should not be a problem. That being said, excessive nursing will keep them from learning how to eat solid foods. They should learn through a gradual shift in food, since ending nursing too suddenly may be a stressful experience.

Nurse your child after they have finished a meal of weaning food. After one year, your child's main foods should be rice and vegetables. End nursing by 18 months at the earliest. All of your weaning foods should be prepared ahead of time, and the frequency of nursing should be gradually reduced until you stop doing it altogether.

4. Provide Adequate Hydration

As the weaning period comes to an end, issues such as diarrhea will occur. This could be due to their food containing difficult-to-digest ingredients or problems with the food's preparation method. If your child experiences severe diarrhea, it is recommended that you take them to the pediatrician immediately. Hydrate them with grain tea or boiled water that has been cooled.

Dehydration was not a hassle when your child was only nursing, but now, as they drink less breast milk and start eating more weaning foods, it is critical that they drink more water.

Q&A – Doubts and Anxieties

Q: We live with my husband's family. Our child has been losing her temper all the time. What should we do?

A: Children are naturally quite sensitive, and their tantrums become much worse when something in their surroundings sets them off. One cause of this may be the fact that the adults around the child are too loud or disturbing, so family members should be more accommodating. If Mom is a nervous or overprotective person, she needs to change her habits as well. What is important is to be gentle with the child. Take her outside each day at a specific time to help change the pace of things, sunbathe or get some exercise. Make sure that she is getting enough physical activity.

Q: My child has been sucking his fingers ever since he turned three months old. What should I do to make him stop?

A: Finger-sucking in children has a biological cause. There is nothing pathological about a child sucking their fingers up until the end of their first year. In fact, your child may feel dissatisfied if you keep him from finger-sucking. However, should the finger-sucking become a serious issue, you should start observing your child's overall situation from a positive and caring perspective. When you are playing with your child, give him a toy that attracts his full attention, so that the bad habit of finger-sucking is dealt with in pleasant and happy context.

Grey Box: Burping

Infants burp frequently. If you see your child burping hard, you might worry about them being uncomfortable or sick, but this is actually nothing to worry about. Children burp more than adults do. Burping is an unintentional activity that occurs due to irritation of the liver or stomach, which are right behind the thoracic diaphragm. The nerve that controls the thoracic diaphragm is particularly sensitive in children and becomes irritated very easily, making burping more frequent. There is nothing wrong if burping shows no signs of stopping. If you wish to stop your child's burping, pick up your child and pat their back or have them drink some cold water.

Those are the particulars needed to know about a 10 month old baby.


Editor in Babiology, mother of two, highly passionate about sharing the pregnancy care and post delivery care learning with the readers.

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