Your Baby At 10 Months
At 10 months, your baby is beginning to understand cause and effect, and probably enjoys watching you scramble around picking up toys that have been unceremoniously flung from the high chair. Try not to get too frustrated; tying them to the side of the chair can help!
As baby gets older, the little darling is also becoming more affectionate, and will hug you and and often rub his/her head or face tight in to you. Cute!
You will have noticed that your baby is increasingly interested in his surroundings, and needs a bit more entertaining than before. Stacking blocks are one game he might love, and there are infinite possibilities for knocking them down, and stacking them back up. You'll also find that noise-making is top of the list for 'fun things to do', so try letting him loose with a wooden spoon, and some plastic containers, or half-fill a plastic bottle with some uncooked rice, and prepare for pandemonium.
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Support Your Back
Now that your little one is getting a lot bigger, it's even more important than ever to look after your back. When picking them up always bend the knees not the waist; and be aware of your posture when standing and sitting: Your feet should be roughly hip width apart, your back should be straight (don't throw your hips forward when carrying baby.) If you use a babby carrier, make sure the straps are tightened correctly, so the weight is distributed evenly. Yoga and Pilates can both be a huge help for strengthening your core and supporting your back, and see if there are any Alexander Technique classes in your area.
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It might feel a bit silly at first, but having conversations with your baby is actually a great way to develop language skills. Make sure you look her in the eye, and leave pauses for response, and if she rattle off a sentence of gibberish, respond with: "Oh, really? How interesting!" She'll probably smile and keep chatting away. Describing what you're doing, or pointing out things; can help baby learn to connect words to their meaning.
Reading and re-reading the same few stories to your little one is also great for language and cognitive development. Add in some fun with touch and feel books, or rhyming stories. Dear Zoo and Where's Spot are firm favourites of ours.
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Travelling with your baby
Now your little one is a bit older, you might be considering a holiday; and wondering how to juggle all that extra gear, where to go, and what to do while you're away. Luckily we have plenty of articles to calm your nerves and give you inspiration. Check out our Travel Expert Olivia Mai's advice, or get started with the links below:
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Remember that each baby develops at a different pace, so if your little one isn't quite at this stage, don't worry. They probably will be in a few weeks.
Let us know how your ten month old is getting on in the comment section below!