At this age, your baby might be developing the ability to grab anything within reach. She might be able to say “mama,” too, although it’s completely normal for babies to go months longer before they start saying recognizable words.
Taking a stand for independence.
All babies develop at different rates. In general, by the end of your baby's ninth month, she will likely be able to:
- Pull herself to a standing position
- Walk (cruise) while holding onto furniture
- Use her thumb and index finger to grab objects
- Wave bye-bye
- Understand the word “no”
Building up her big brain.
Your baby has learned so much during the past 8 months. Here are some simple ways to help continue to build her cognitive skills:
- Read her books while naming and pointing to objects and people
- Play hand-eye coordination games, such as “patty-cake” and “peek-a-boo”
At 10 months, babies are typically interacting more with people and showing off new skills at every chance. Help your baby adapt to her expanding world by reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, and taking her to new places for the first time.
Let the good times walk.
All babies develop at different rates. In general, by the end of month 10, your baby will likely be able to:
- Walk with you slowly while holding hands
- Say “mama” and “dada” and know what they mean
- Stand while holding onto something
- Protest if you take a toy away
- Play hand games and wave bye-bye
Build her budding imagination.
It’s never too early to inspire your baby’s creativity. Here are fun, simple ideas to spark her imagination:
- Buy or make puppets from old mittens or socks. Make the puppet “talk” to your baby and encourage her to talk back.
- Make a scrapbook of familiar objects such as toys, animals, and family members. Help your baby point to the pictures as you name them.
- Sing her familiar songs and read her nursery rhymes.
Your baby is developing a personality all her own, and it shows. She’s about to start the physical changes of leaping into toddlerhood, so it’s time to prepare for the next growth spurt.
Time flies when you’re turning 1.
You’ve both come so far in the first year, and your baby will continue to develop at her own pace. Generally, by the end of month 12, your little one will be able to:
- Take her first solo steps
- Say two words other than “mama” and “dada”
- Speak in “baby-talk” sentences
- Imitate your actions
- Drink from a sippy cup without help
Support brain development.
Help keep your baby’s brain growing through play in social settings and during your individual time with her.
- Introduce her to brief playdates to practice playing in groups. There won’t be much interactive play just yet, but she’ll get used to the playing environment.
- “Read” a picture book together. Identify what you see on each page to help her learn new words and objects.
Prepare to wave “bye-bye” to the bottle.
If your 1-year-old is still on the bottle, these tips could help her transition to a sippy cup:
- Begin to offer her a sippy cup in place of midday bottles
- Don’t let your baby roam with the bottle and limit where she can have it, such as only while on your lap or at the table
- In the beginning, introduce water in a sippy cup with one meal per day
This also might be a good time to add in a toddler drink, like Go & Grow by Similac®. It’s designed to help balance a toddler’s diet and support brain, eye, and physical development from ages 12 to 36 months.