Baby Physical Development in 10-Month-Olds: Books & Baby Shoes
When you call your baby's name and he ignores you, it's probably just that he's so absorbed in an activity that he may not respond right away. It's kind of like you during the most dramatic Rose Ceremony ever on The Bachelor. So don't think of it as "ignoring" so much as "fully engaged."
What You're Thinking: "He totally gets his focus from me."
- Give your baby board books that are small enough for her to play with herself, and to carry around with her if she is walking. Enjoying books is an important way to get your child curious enough to eventually figure out what the writing means.
- Read books to your baby that show other babies doing things that they do, like taking a bath, going for a walk, choosing their clothes, eating, etc. She'll be intrigued to see other baby faces and maybe it will convince her that sometimes when babies eat, the food actually goes in their mouths.
- As you're building out baby's library, be sure to keep books down low or even in the toy box so she can get them herself. Yes, that means she'll constantly be dragging Snuggle Puppy to you for another read, but that's a good thing!
- Encourage your baby's language skills by continuing to name everything she encounters and by adding counting to your repertoire. Begin counting her fingers, counting her blocks, counting the number of unmatched socks on top of your dryer ...
- When you first heard your little one say "baba wawa," you had to do a double-take before you realized she was asking for her bottle and some water! Some other possible words on the horizon: boon (balloon), nana (banana ... or grandmother) and melk (milk). She'll be a walking dictionary of vocabulary in no time at this point in baby's physical development!
- Your rule of thumb for buying books for your child is that you have to love it enough to read it three times in a row before bedtime.
- You successfully wore a dry-clean-only outfit around your baby (i.e., it remained clean for a full 20 minutes).
- You know every stroller model on the market (disturbing but true).
- You diplomatically intercepted a stranger's hand from touching baby on her face.
- You no longer whip out the portable changing pad wherever you are (you just change your baby on the floor).
- Your snacks are often your baby's leftovers. (And you realize that cold chicken nuggets really aren't so bad!)
- You secretly wish some of your baby's clothes came in adult sizes (as long as it's not a onesie and overalls, we won't call the fashion police on you).
To shoe or not to shoe: That is the question. Research on whether babies need shoes seems to change as often as ... well, as often as you buy new shoes for yourself! So, if you're wondering which way to go when it comes to your barefoot baby, we've got some info on baby shoes to help you figure it out. Read more ...
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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.