How much should your 10-month-old baby be sleeping, eating, growing, and playing? Continue reading to find out!
By the time your baby is 10 months old, they seem to be developing and growing faster than ever. By now, your little one is probably on the move, whether crawling, standing, or in some cases attempting their first steps! There are so many exciting cognitive changes happening too, like learning object permanence!
It is so exciting and fulfilling to watch your baby express their unique personalities, play interactively, and communicate their likes, dislikes, and needs. This is such a new, fun, and important time in your child’s development. At 10 months, your baby is all about exploring and moving!
With so much happening all at once, you are probably wondering what to expect and how to help your active baby grow and begin their transition to toddlerhood. In this article, we cover everything you need to know about your 10-month-old baby, including 10-month-old baby milestones, weight, height, sleep, activities, and more.
10-Month-Old Baby Weight and Height
First things first. Let’s discuss the average weight and length of a 10-month-old baby. While every baby is different, the average 10-month-old weighs about 20.5lbs (9.2kg) and is 29in (73.3cm) long.
Your little one is not so little anymore. And with new motor skills and cognitive development, they are seeing and experiencing the world in a whole new way!
10-Month-Old Baby Milestones
One of the most important milestones your baby will reach around the age of 10 months old is object permanence. This key milestone is vital to your baby’s understanding of the world around them and how they interact with it.
Object permanence refers to your child’s ability to understand that just because they can not see something does not mean it ceases to exist. As your baby’s hearing and vision become almost completely developed, their understanding of object permanence grows stronger and stronger.
This means that your little one can now recognize that when a parent or caregiver leaves the room, that they are not gone forever. They become more comfortable and confident in sharing and giving up objects because they know that they are still available to them in their environment.
Grasping object permanence also means that your baby is able to create and retain mental images and representations for objects which is the building block of their understanding of abstract objects and thinking.
In addition to this major milestone, there are some other major movement milestones happening around this age. Here are some other exciting 10-month-old baby milestones to watch out for:
- Climbing and moving around obstacles when crawling
- Places objects in a container
- Imitates simple gestures (like clapping or waving)
- Can pick up very small objects with their thumb and forefinger
- Can change direction easily while crawling
- “Walks” by “cruising” using furniture or other items for support
- Searches for hidden toys
- Interacts with other children during play
- Explores and plays alone while a parent or caregiver is nearby
What Should A 10-Month-Old Be Eating?
At 10 months old, your baby has already begun to eat solid foods. You are introducing them to new tastes and flavors and they most likely have some favorite foods too!
Your little one’s appetite may not be the same each day, and it is always best to start with smaller portions and add food to their lunch or snack time as needed.
A 10-month-old baby will need between 16 to 30 ounces of formula or milk in addition to their solid foods. This should include between ½ to 1 cup of grains and fruit and vegetables as well as ¼ to ½ cup of dairy foods and protein each day.
Your 10-month-old feeding schedule should consist of three meals a day and 2-3 snack times.
How Much Should A 10-Month-Old Be Sleeping?
A 10-month-old baby needs a recommended 12-16 hours of sleep a day. This is generally made up of two small naps a day, averaging 1-2 hours each and about 10-12 hours of sleep at night. Don’t worry if your baby is still not sleeping entirely through the night. All babies will have different sleep patterns and sleep regressions are a common occurrence at this stage of development.
Your little one has most likely settled into a 10-month-old sleep schedule that includes napping, eating, playing, and sleeping that is predictable and relatively easy to manage.
10-Month-Old Baby Activities To Help Support Their Development
Your 10-month-old baby is on the move! As they become more independent and continue to explore and learn about the world around them, engaging them in developmentally appropriate activities will help your baby thrive during this exciting time.
Here are some simple, age-appropriate activities for 10-month-old babies:
- Development: Cognitive
- Goal: To develop your baby’s comprehension of object permanence and to help them deal with separation anxiety later
- Skills Practiced: Early knowledge and curiosity
- Supplies Needed: Toys
Begin this activity by sitting down in front of your baby and hiding one of their toys behind your back. Ask your baby where the object is and watch their reaction. Is your baby looking for it? This activity will help enforce and encourage your baby’s understanding of object permanence.
- Development: Linguistic
- Goal: To stimulate your baby’s response to verbal requests
- Skills Practiced: Communicating through gestures
- Supplies Needed: None
Teach your baby different games and movements as a response to verbal requests. For example, clapping, saying bye-bye, and blowing a kiss when you ask her to do so. Repeat those actions yourself so that your baby can learn from your example. When your baby associates those orders with their appropriate response, they will begin to do it when asked. Remember to praise your baby whenever they are able to do so! This activity will stimulate your baby’s response to simple verbal requests.
Lids and Caps
- Development: Physical
- Goal: To stimulate your baby’s fine motor skills.
- Skills Practiced: Finger dexterity
- Supplies Needed: Bottle with a screw cap and a box with a lid
To begin, hand your baby a cardboard box and show them how to open and close its lid. Next, give your baby a bottle, preferably a plastic one, and show them how to put the cap on and how to take it off. At first, you might have to hold on to the bottle so that your baby can concentrate on their hand movements while they handle the cap. This exercise will stimulate your baby’s fine motor skills, used in everyday tasks like getting dressed!
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There’s no question that your 10-month old baby is keeping you on your toes and surprising you every day with how much they are growing and changing. Playtime is one of the most impactful ways your little one can practice their skills and develop critical cognitive, language, and motor functions.
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