Baby Milestones in 10-Month-Olds
Who knew you'd given birth to a little detective?! CSI: Miami. CSI: NY. From the looks of things, CSI: Baby is the logical next spin-off. The evidence? Your baby is finding things around the house you couldn't even find with binoculars. With her developing "pincer grasp" (and apparently, eagle eyes), she's picking up the smallest piece of thread, that barely visible crumb, a dead ladybug ... Now if only she could locate your long-lost earrings.
What You're Thinking: "Even if I vacuumed twice a day, this kid would still find something on the floor to chew on!"
- Your kid may have reached the "pincer grasp" baby milestone by now. Test it out by having him pick up a piece of cereal (you know the one shaped like an O): If he uses his thumb and index finger to pick it up instead of trying to rake it like he used to, then, yup, he's got one. Either way, he'll still manage to get it in his mouth!
- Try making a baby piggy bank to practice his new pinching skill. Take a metal coffee can and make a slit in the plastic cover. Then give your baby the caps from small baby food jars (make sure the edges are smooth and safe) and let him push the caps through the plastic cover. He'll get excited from the clinking sound the cap makes when it hits the bottom. Ka-ching!
- If your baby is a crawler (some babies skip crawling altogether), he's probably perfected it by now and is zooming around the house on his hands and knees.
- Your baby loves to copy you—you figured that out the other morning when he reached for your coffee cup! So it might be time to let him join your morning routine. Use his copycat tendencies to help you transition him from the baby bottle to a sippy cup. (And it's only fair that you share your oat bran muffin, too, Mom!)
- You bought way too many stickers for scrapbooks you plan on making five years from now.
- You used your baby's shampoo because it smells better than yours (and then bought an extra bottle, because it's cheaper, too).
- You discovered Aquaphor is not only good for baby bottoms but makes an excellent lip moisturizer, so you bought a travel-size tube for your purse in addition to the industrial-size jar in the bathroom!
- You've stopped eating for two. (So what if it took a while ... you did it!).
- Your biceps have never looked better (thanks to logging some serious bicep curl time by picking up your baby!).
- You let the babysitter put your baby to sleep (or perhaps more accurately, the baby let the sitter put her down to sleep—your milestone just the same!).
Before your baby came along, your pristine carpet pretty much stayed that way (except for that unfortunate incident with the fire-engine red nail polish, but your secret's safe with us). Since your baby's arrival, however, you're starting to notice unidentifiable splotches. Needless to say, the weekly once-over with the vacuum just won't cut it anymore, but you also want to make sure your doing it safely. We've got some safe carpet cleaning tips to get you started. Read more ...
Everything you ever wanted to know ... and were just about to ask ...
Play this soothing repetition game with your little copycat.
Buy It: Nalgene Grip 'n Gulp
Bye-bye "ba-ba"; hello sippy cup!
Cook It: Sweet Potato Bisque
Yummy enough for baby, sophisticated enough for you!
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All babies grow and develop at different rates. So please don't compare your kid with so-and-so's baby from across the street—you'll just drive yourself nuts. If you have any concerns, bring them up with your pediatrician at your baby's next checkup.