10 Month Milestones: Your Baby Or Twins.
10 Month Milestones: Your Baby Or Twins.
My twintastic duo is 10 months & 4 weeks old
The 10th month of your baby or twins life is more action packed then ever and full of new experiences. Baby(s) energy is through the roof, and they are more confident and boisterous then ever before. If you have twins you are experiencing that energy two fold.
While it is important to keep a close eye on baby(s) surroundings at this point, it is also important to let them spread their wings a bit, as well. Gain some independence.
This means allowing them to try and feed themselves a bit more, hold their own bottles, soothe themselves to sleep whenever possible, and entertain themselves a bit more on their own. Make sure though, to always be there to comfort them when they fall, which at this stage, expect a fall or two, and a bump and bruise along the way. This is normal.
As much as they are gaining independence, they will still come running to mom, when they need some comforting. That hasn’t changed, and won’t for a long while to come. Your babies minds and bodies are growing at a rapid rate, and you will notice new feats you have never seen before, suddenly emerging. Your baby may even be taking his or her 1st steps at this point, but I must point out that isn’t the majority, but it is possible.
So much has changed, and will continue to over the months to come, so enjoy this fun-filled time. There is never a dull moment, that is for certain. Your once fragile wee ones, have come such a long way, and it’s almost time to celebrate their 1st birthday. It’s not too early to start thinking about that. (EEK!) Look back at past photographs and you’ll be amazed at how far you all have come.
Some milestones your baby or twins may accomplish during and by the end of the 10th month.
1) Your baby or twins will be crawling like pros now. The ones that aren’t going to go straight to walking anyways.
They crawl really fast to, so be sure to make sure their surroundings are safe, because they are often faster to danger then you are, so clear things out beforehand to avoid any hazards.
2) Baby understands and associates words with actions.
They may wave bye bye or hello when you say those words to them.
3) If you haven’t heard that 1st word yet, don’t dismay. You may now.
While it’s still early, this month may be that special time, so keep your ears open ALWAYS!
4) Many babies at this time are practicing to stand on their own, and may even accomplish this.
Some may only last a moment or two, while others can go many seconds or minutes even. Encourage this feat by helping your child or twins balance and let go, in a safe spot, like her crib. They will build much needed leg strength to accomplish this task on their own soon if not already.
5) Help baby(s) to learn to walk & build muscle tone, by guiding them.
If your baby hasn’t shown much interest in walking or attempting to, it’s good to hold them by their little hands, and lead them along. They also make push toys that encourage walking on their own to. One of my twins is walking quite good on her own, but the other I do this with, and it’s fun, she enjoys it, giggles, and it’s great bonding time while working out those legs.
6) They are mimicking sounds with the best of them now.
They may make clicking sounds, flap their lips with their fingers making sounds in response to your actions and own sounds. It’s great interacting with your child in this way. Funny to. Also, It help builds brain development.
7) Their memory is keener then ever before.
You remove a toy they want from sight, they will respond to that and search for the objects for minutes. No longer do they have a short memory and attention span. Giving up is NOT an option.
8) They will show their disapproval if you are giving too much attention to a sibling or another child.
They may cry, throw a mini tantrum, or come to you and try and force their way up on to your lap and into your arms. When they want their mommy, they will now make that very clear to you. It’s getting harder to share. Moms of twins know this juggling act all too well.
9) They may now get a kick out of your personal and household items, vs. their own toys.
Now they seem to prefer items like pots and pans, cell phones and car keys, as opposed to their own musical light up toys. WHY? Who knows, but companies should make look-alike items that appear more like our cell phones and keys, and that would keep them interested longer.
Be careful. Our keys and phones carry a lot of germs and aren’t the cleanest of items. My Allie once got a hold of my cell phone and called the number 777-777-777, and would you believe someone actually answered? I don’t know what country that was, but I guess I’ll soon find out when the bill comes.
10) Taking a toy or other object out of their hands at this point will create quite a stir.
They will react with extreme displeasure. If you need to take an item from baby for whatever reason, try and replace it FAST, with something equally appealing, or you’re in for it.
11) Baby at this point may have a special security item. If not they will soon enough.
This could be a blankie, stuffed toy, or regular toy they have bonded to. This is good for healthy emotional development, so no need to discourage it. It just may help out at bedtime as well.
12) Babies are more excited then ever to hear you sing songs to them.
They may even laugh and clap along as you go, to their favorites. One of my twins rocks to the beat of each song. She’s already musically inclined, I can tell.
Remember, not all babies will accomplish these tasks in the 10th month and that is OK. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Pediatrician. Enjoy those little ones. We are headed towards the one year mark very soon. I know it’s been the fastest time of my life, personally.
**Best tip I have for month 10. Make sure your camera is charged ALWAYS, and if it doesn’t have a video cam in it, charge up the camcorder as well. You don’t want to miss anything that happens now!**