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.
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:
- Buy puppets or make them from old mittens or socks by drawing faces with marking pens (To help increase your baby’s language skills, make the puppet talk to your baby and encourage him to talk back)
- Cut out pictures of things such as a ball, animals, and other familiar objects from magazines and paste them in a scrapbook (Look at this scrapbook together and help him point to the pictures as you name them)
- Sing familiar songs and read nursery rhymes
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:
- Eliminate the source of fear as much as possible. For example, use a night-light in his room at night (use only “cool” night-lights that do not get hot)
- Try turning his fear into a positive learning experience by holding his hand and saying comforting words as you encourage him to carefully touch the vacuum as it is running (If he starts to back away you may want to let it go, to prevent further fear)
- If that approach doesn't work, try vacuuming (or using the hair dryer, etc.) when he 's sleeping
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:
- Do your best to leave him with people he’s familiar with
- Be sensitive to your baby's needs by introducing him to new people and new situations gradually and carefully (Try not to leave him when he’s tired, hungry, or sick)
- Practice separating by leaving him with someone in another room for short periods to teach baby that he’s OK when you're gone, and that you’ll always come back
- Leave quickly knowing his tears will gradually stop when you're gone
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.