Baby Physical Development in 10-Month-Olds: Standing
It's hard to believe that once-wobbly infant of yours is standing on his own two feet these days. (Wasn't it just two minutes ago that he was working on his tummy time?) Sure, he may be holding on to something to keep him from plopping to the ground, but isn't that what you feel like at times, too?
What You're Thinking: "If he can stand on his own, surely he'll be able to fix himself a bottle any day now."
- She may be pulling herself up to stand by this point in baby's physical development. And some babies may also be able to climb up on toys by now, so be careful not to leave any big toys in the crib.
- Encourage your baby's developing gross motor skills by making an obstacle course on a carpeted floor. Put pillows, piles of laundry, big stuffed animals, siblings, etc., in her way and let her figure out how to get to where she wants to go.
- Your baby may say "Mama" or "Dada" now, but she still probably says them randomly to the wrong people ... she's getting there! Also, unless there's been lots of coaching (and it's OK to admit if there has been!), she'll probably say "Dada" first, but only because it's an easier sound to make! It takes a lot more energy to bring the lips together to make the "mmmm" sound—unless you're staring at a white chocolate cheesecake.
- You are more concerned with baby Halloween costumes than what you'll wear to the upcoming wedding you're attending.
- You admit that those crayons you bought yesterday were more for you than for your baby (we know you were doodling flowers with the Periwinkle and the Sea Green).
- You couldn't resist and bought personalized stationery for your baby ("thank-you cards for his first birthday," you rationalized).
- You do a mean impersonation of an elephant (trunk motion and everything).
- You no longer get jealous when your baby's eyes light up when she sees the sitter, because it means you can leave guilt-free. (OK, you can leave with less guilt).
Even though you knew the day was coming when your music was "out" and your kid's music was "in," you might not have realized was just how early in your kid's life that milestone would take place. (In other words, you'd anticipated fighting the rap versus easy-listening battle in 14 years ... but before she's 14 months?!) But here you are, already listening to cartoon characters singing music that your baby loves, and, let's be honest, not totally hating it. That's the good news. The even better news is that kid music has come a long way and there are even some really cool people singing it. We've got the scoop. And who knows? Maybe those teen music battles aren't a sure thing after all! Read more ...
Everything you ever wanted to know ... and were just about to ask ...
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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.