10 months old

10 months

Your baby

  • If your baby has started ‘cruising’ around the furniture, always do a quick check to make sure there are no overhanging tablecloths, hanging flexes, unstable coffee tables, ornaments etc
  • Encourage your baby to hand you toys and then hand them back again (not forgetting to say thank you and please!)
  • Does your baby respond to his/her name?
  • Encourage your baby by copying the noises he or she makes - oohs and aaahs, mamamamama, dadadada
  • Have you taken your baby swimming yet? There’s no need to wait for immunisations to be completed

Babies of this age…

  • Enjoy helping to feed themselves
  • Love to drop things for you to pick up - again and again (and again!)
  • May be able to stand holding on to the furniture
  • Might be combining syllables together to make sounds like words or phrases
  • May be able to wave ‘bye bye’ (with a little encouragement!)

A balance

Most babies seem to enjoy having a regular routine. You may find that they are more unsettled if you take them out of that routine. But, and here’s the big but, you also need a life and babies also learn a great deal from different experiences and from joining in with social occasions. So it’s good to try to strike a balance. For example, if a friend asks you to meet her in the High Street for coffee, do you say no because it’s baby’s usual nap time, or do you put the baby in the buggy and go, hoping they’ll manage to get a sleep on the way? What do you think? And what do other mums do? Why not chat to other mums on our Facebook page.

Family mealtimes

Joining in with family mealtimes is an important part of a baby’s social development. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to time your meals around the baby, but eat together when you can. If you're having a takeaway, you can give your baby a 'takeaway' too - a ready-made HiPP Organic meal. They are cooked using only the finest ingredients with lots of exciting choices such as Sweetcorn, Peppers & Chicken Risotto and Creamy Vegetable Lasagne to expand your baby's horizons. Even a baby who has already eaten will enjoy joining you at the table in the highchair (with finger foods such as the HiPP Organic Apple Elephant Biscuits or some of what you are eating) while you have your meal.

Say no to low fat, high fibre foods for babies

Healthy eating recommendations for adults are not necessarily suitable for babies or young children. They are growing fast but only have tiny tummies, so they need foods that give good nourishment in small amounts and that are not too bulky. For example, always use full-fat (whole) milk yogurts (not low-fat versions) for babies and children under two and full-fat (whole) milk when preparing meals for baby. And babies don’t need to have large amounts of wholemeal everything at this stage, since it will fill them up without giving much nutrition.

Stay with organic choices of foods for your baby

On a body weight basis, children risk eating up to five times more chemical residues in ordinary foods than adults! Stay with organic - HiPP Organic baby foods give tasty, balanced nourishment for babies at every stage - and there are even more exciting recipes to try once your baby gets to 10 months. Check out the HiPP Organic foods for your baby at this stage.

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