Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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Ten-month milestones – from saying "mama" to waving bye-bye

Ten-month milestones – from saying "mama" to waving bye-bye
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People to See, Places to Go

In the tenth month, your growing little one may be ready to become a regular baby-about-town, interacting with people and showing off his developmental milestones. Help him deal with his broadening world this month by:

  • Engaging your 10-month-old's mind
  • Baby's fears
  • Choosing the right baby shoes
  • Helping your baby deal with new fears
  • Simple milestones

By the end of this month, your baby might be walking, with a little help from you.

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Puppet play, and other ways to engage you 10-month-old's mind

At this point, you can interact in an even more complex and creative way with your baby. Activities such as chatting with and singing to your baby are still effective.

You can also try these tips:

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Baby's fears – when the vacuums become monsters

Aside from stranger fear and separation anxiety, your baby's further awareness of the bigger world may cause him to fear situations that never bothered him before. For instance, everyday things such as darkness, thunder, and the vacuum cleaner may become mini-monsters, and inspire sudden tears.

Make life more tolerable for your baby at this time:

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Separation made simple – slow is the way to go

Continuing separation anxiety and fear of strangers are signs that your baby has a healthy relationship with you.

Fortunately, here are some ways you can cope with them:

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Choosing the right footwear for your baby

By the tenth month, baby needs new shoes. Look for the following in a baby shoe:

  • Soft and flexible, allowing your baby to move his feet easily
  • Flat, non-skid soles so he doesn't slide and fall
  • Soft, porous tops that allow the foot to breathe

Baby shoes need not be expensive. Remember: Since your baby's feet will grow rapidly, the shoe size will have to keep pace. Check for sizing monthly.