Caring For Your 10 Month Old Baby
There’s nothing like watching your child grow up. Now that your 10 month old baby is crawling, eating solid foods, and attempting to say their first basic words, you’re probably wondering how your little one grew so fast!
In this post, the baby experts at Mustela will explain everything you need to know about caring for your 10 month old baby. We’ll cover your little one’s development, senses, motor skills, feeding schedule, sleeping habits, and immunizations.
We will also include some general childcare tips for your 10 month old baby and a few signs of developmental delays to keep an eye out for.
Caring For Your 10 Month Old Baby
After 10 full months of parenting, you’ve certainly become an expert at many childcare tasks. You’ve mastered the art of carrying your baby, developed the perfect daily hygiene routine, and become a pro at changing dirty diapers.
However, your little one grows so quickly that it may feel difficult to keep up! You might have a few questions about your 10 month old baby. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about caring for your little bundle of joy.
Your 10 Month Old Baby’s Development
Let’s begin with your 10 month old baby’s height and weight. Baby boys are, on average, between 28.1 inches (71.5 cm) and 29.3 inches (74.5 cm) in height and 18.7 pounds (8.5 kg) to 21.6 pounds (9.8 kg) in weight.
Baby girls at 10 months are normally a bit smaller, weighing on average between 17.2 pounds (7.8 kg) and 20.3 pounds (9.2 kg) and being 27.6 inches (70 cm) to 28.7 inches (73 cm) tall.
Remember that babies, just like adults, come in a wide variety of heights and weights. So there’s no need to worry if your baby is a little smaller or larger than other 10-month-olds. The figures above are just averages.
Your 10 Month Old Baby’s Senses
Your little one’s senses have come a long way in 10 months! Let’s have a look at each of the five senses now.
Your 10 month old baby’s hearing is much sharper than it was even just a few months ago. Your little one knows the sounds of your voice and your partner’s voice, and may also be able to recognize other sounds, such as a phone ringing, your doorbell, or perhaps the sounds of a family pet.
Much like your 10 month old baby’s hearing, their sight is almost fully developed. For the first several months of your little one’s life, they were unable to see objects more than 10 or 15 feet away from their face.
Now, your baby’s vision is sharp and clear. They can see all the way across a large room and recognize familiar faces. They can see colors, shapes, patterns, and spot their favorite toys from a distance.
At 10 months old, your baby is full of curiosity and wants to touch everything within sight. That’s why it’s so important to baby proof your home and keep dangerous objects out of your child’s reach. Once you’ve made sure your baby’s environment is safe, feel free to encourage their curiosity.
Your child’s sense of taste is developing quickly as they begin to try new foods and flavors. Naturally, your little one may prefer the taste of some foods to others. Continue introducing them to new foods, and take note of which foods they enjoy the most.
Your little one has a keen sense of smell but is still becoming familiar with new smells and categorizing them in their mind.
Your 10 Month Old Baby’s Motor Skills
You may have noticed that your baby now has a full range of motor skills. Your little one can:
- Crawl around your home with ease
- Sit up without assistance
- Roll over from their tummy to their back (and vice versa)
- Lift their body into a seated position during tummy time
- Use a pincer grasp (thumb and index finger) to hold small items
- Make a fist and grip objects
- Stand while leaning or holding onto furniture or other large objects
Bear in mind that all children are different. It’s not a cause for concern if your 10 month old baby has yet to reach one of these milestones.
Around 10 months of age is also when your baby will begin trying to communicate with you. This may come in the form of baby babble — simple sounds like “bah” or “muh” — or it may come in the form of body language and facial expressions.
It’s important to recognize when your little one is trying to communicate something. You can respond to them with words and have a conversation with them, even if they aren’t saying anything intelligible. This will help them to improve their speaking abilities.
Your 10 Month Old Baby’s Feeding Schedule
Medical professionals generally recommend introducing solid foods to your baby’s diet at around six months of age. At this point, your 10 month old baby is eating a wide variety of foods without any trouble. Your little one may even be able to hold a spoon and eat on their own.
While solid foods are a major component of your baby’s diet, breast milk and/or baby formula should also still be included. Healthcare experts suggest breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life and then continuing to breastfeed or provide baby formula (reducing the frequency) until 24 months. This makes weaning your baby off of breastmilk a slow, manageable transition.
For now, your baby should still be getting roughly half of their calories and nutrients from breast milk and/or baby formula. The other half of their nutritional needs can come from soft foods like bread, noodles, fruits, veggies, cheese, and cereal.
It’s difficult to offer general advice on how much and how often your 10 month old baby should eat since all babies are different. As a guide, your baby should eat three meals and two small snacks of solid food per day, plus a feeding of breastmilk or baby formula an additional three to five times per day.
Your 10 Month Old Baby’s Sleeping Habits
Your 10 month old baby is likely sleeping all the way through the night, allowing you to get some much-needed rest. Babies typically sleep around 14 hours per day at 10 months of age: 10 to 11 hours at night and then another three to four hours during the day (in the form of two naps).
Your 10 Month Old Baby’s Immunizations
Fortunately, there are no baby checkups or immunizations scheduled for the 10-month mark. However, your little one should have already received a number of immunizations, including:
- Polio vaccine (IPV)
- 2 rounds of Hepatitis B vaccination (HepB3)
- 3 rounds of Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine (HIB)
- 3 rounds of Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
- 3 rounds of Rotavirus vaccine (RV)
- 3 rounds of Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
If your 10 month old baby isn’t up to date with immunizations, now is the perfect time to get caught up.
General Childcare Tips
Your baby’s safety always comes first. Follow these tips to keep your little one safe:
- Baby proof your home
- Never leave your baby unattended
- Keep small and/or sharp objects out of your child’s reach
Always use gentle, baby-friendly skin care products, like Mustela’s. Choose products made from natural ingredients, including bath time products, cleansers, hydrating lotions, and sunscreens. All of Mustela’s products are made especially for your baby’s delicate skin.
When To Be Concerned
Here are some signs of a developmental delay that you should be aware of:
- Your baby does not recognize your face or voice
- Your baby does not make or hold eye contact
- Your baby does not yet smile or laugh
- Your baby cannot crawl or sit up on their own
- Your baby cannot make a fist or grasp objects
If your baby has not shown these behaviors by 10 months old or if you’re concerned about your baby’s development for other reasons, head to your pediatrician immediately.
As long as your 10 month old baby isn’t showing any signs of a developmental delay, you have nothing to worry about. All babies follow their own path and hit milestones on their own time.
Remember to give your little one plenty of TLC and cherish all the precious moments — your 10 month old baby will be grown up before you know it.