If your baby hasn’t started cruising the furniture or walking while holding on to the wall, you may see him doing so this month. Many 10-month-olds are getting ready to take their first steps (and some have already done so!), so keep an eye on how your little one is progressing so you can help him reach his first steps. ), so keep an eye on how your little one is progressing so you can help him reach his milestones.
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What to expect: Your baby may start to be surprised with his speed this month as he finds creative ways to get around the house all by himself. Your baby may go through phases of playing alone (in an infant isolation room), but you may also find that he likes the comfort of having a trusted caregiver around.
Some babies begin to insist that they walk rather than sit in a stroller or baby carriage. Whenever possible, follow your baby’s lead to avoid too much frustration, and be sure to plan activities that allow your baby to move freely in all stages of the car seat or stroller.
Progress: As the months go by, your baby may become more proficient in fine motor skills and may be able to take those first steps if he hasn’t already.
How to help: Now is the time to keep a close eye on your baby as she is pulling up and holding onto furniture, walls and doors for support, as little fingers can easily get caught. Allowing your baby to walk barefoot while she’s inside can help her gain confidence in her feet, but it’s time to consider getting some shoes if you don’t already have them. Wendy Sue Swanson, M.D., a parenting consultant, mother of two and author of the blog Dr. Seattle Mom, says: “Soft, stretchy shoes that you can fold in half are great for wearing outdoors.” . “You want the baby to be able to grip the ground with his feet and toes.” Babies may also find it fun to crawl on mats and pillows.
Don’t be alarmed if your baby is stronger than usual for a few days (or weeks). This is likely due to a milestone event like teething or walking. Many babies need to report to their caregivers for comfort during large events.
When you should be worried: If your baby is not developing leg strength and doesn’t seem interested in playing or eating, call your health care provider.