How to Play With a 10-Month-Old Baby

By Parenting Editor
Play With a 10-Month-Old Baby

How to Play With a 10-Month-Old Baby. At 10 months, new toy-playing and toy-sharing activities will capture your baby's interest the most. She's also looking for variety in what she sees and does. Enjoy helping her grow. (The following information has been adapted from Dr. Segal's book series, "Your Child at Play.")

Show her how to push a small car or truck along the floor. After a while, she'll learn to let go so that the car rolls by itself.

Play "follow the leader"; she'll love to imitate. Use simple gestures like tapping the table, opening and closing your fist, or putting a hat on your head. Talk about what you're doing so she can learn the words.

Talk to her on a real or play phone. She'll learn the fun of carrying on a conversation.

Go outside: She'll enjoy putting leaves, twigs or toys in a pail. At this stage, she'll enjoy putting things into other things.

Put a small toy inside a paper bag or box. As she struggles to get it, she'll increase her understanding of inside and out.

Build her a tower of blocks. She will enjoy watching them wobble and tumble.

Reserve a cabinet for her toys; putting them away can be half the fun.

Help her blow bubbles using a straw in her bathwater. You blow, and see if she'll imitate you.

Tip

Let your baby be your guide when selecting activities: What new skills is she working on? What sorts of toys engage her attention? What makes her smile? If a particular activity seems stressful or frustrating, stop and give it a try another day. Remember that all babies develop at different speeds, usually with spurts and plateaus.

Warning

Consult with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby's development.