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    Emotions, imagination, and new foods–oh my!

    A ten month old infant smiling and pointing to the side

    Your baby’s world right now

    Budding emotions and new skills.
    Ten-month-olds are typically interacting more with people and showing off their new skills every chance they get. Help your baby adapt to her expanding world by reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, and taking her to new places for the first time.
    A ten month old black infant opening his mouth to a spoonful of food

    Your baby’s nutrition

    Introduce new food choices as you approach her first birthday.
    Your baby needs the right nutrients to maintain her health as she continues to grow and develop. If you’d like to introduce new foods, here are some to consider:

    • Soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese
    • Iron-fortified cereals made from rice, barley, wheat, or oats
    • Fruit cut into cubes or strips, or mashed
    • Bite-size, soft-cooked vegetables like peas and carrots
    • Combo foods including macaroni and cheese or casseroles
    • Protein such as eggs, pureed or finely ground meats, poultry, boneless fish, tofu, or well-cooked and mashed beans
    • Finger foods like lightly toasted bread or bagels, small pieces of ripe banana, spiral pasta, teething crackers, or low-sugar, O-shaped cereal.
    An adult holding onto a ten month old infant trying to walk

    Your baby’s development

    Let the good times…walk.
    All babies develop at different rates. You should not be concerned if your baby does something later or earlier than your friends’ children. In general, by the end of your baby’s tenth month, she will likely be able to do the following:

    • Walk with you while holding hands
    • Say “mama” and “dada” and know what they mean
    • Stand while holding on to someone or something
    • Protest if you take a toy away
    • Play hand games and wave bye-bye

    What’s a baby to do when you can’t be together?
    If separation anxiety or fear of strangers is still an issue for your baby, here are some tips to help ease her uncertainty:

    • Try to leave her with people familiar to her
    • Carefully introduce her to new people and situations gradually.
    • Try to stay with her when she is tired, hungry, or sick.
    • Practice separating. Leave her with someone in another room for short periods of time, and if possible, return when she is calm.
    • Leave quickly. She will gradually stop crying after you are out of sight.
    A ten month old infant lying down while raising his arms and legs up in the air

    Things to think about now

    Help your baby’s imagination to bud.
    It’s never too early to inspire your baby’s creativity. Here are some fun, simple ideas to spark her imagination:

    • Buy or make puppets from old mittens or socks by drawing faces on them. Make the puppet “talk” to your baby and encourage her to talk back.
    • Cut out pictures of familiar objects such as toys, animals, etc., and paste them in a scrapbook. Help your baby point to the pictures as you name them.
    • Sing familiar songs and read nursery rhymes.

    Next month’s developments

    She’s on the move, and safety’s a priority.
    By 10 months, as she gets more mobile, it’s time to get more diligent with baby-proofing. Consider taking new steps to keep her safe.