Your baby: 10 months old

Sleeping through the night, exercise for parents and hearing concerns. Learn all about life with your 10-month-old.
Photo: iStockphoto

Photo: iStockphoto

In search of sleep
Lots of people will assume your baby is sleeping through the night now, which makes it especially hard to admit it if she’s not! Take heart: according to a Todaysparent.com survey, about 40 percent of parents of kids over the age of one were still waiting for them to sleep through. And even when your baby does reach that milestone, night waking will very likely still come and go in the years ahead. In the meantime, check out advice from a sleep doula.

Read more: But he used to sleep all night!>

What’s more fun than a box of socks?
Playing “dump and pour” is great fun for your baby these days. She may delight in emptying a drawer of socks, a box of pasta, a cup of water, or a pail of sand. She’s learning about cause and effect and how that she has the power to make things happen in the world. She overturns a box of oranges, for example, and look! All the oranges come tumbling out. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll then pick the oranges up, one by one, and find that she can put them back. She’ll probably enjoy playing with toys and games in which pulling a lever or pressing buttons makes something happen.

Read more: Backyard science for babies and toddlers>

Tips from the trenches
“Choose a few lovely books that you share with your baby every night at bedtime. My son is three years old and often still chooses our first books as part of his nighttime routine. I didn’t realize how important this ritual would become for our family. We all love it.” — Rhonda, mom of one

Work it, baby!
Do you wish there was some middle ground between working full-time and staying home full-time? Will cutting back on expenses make part-time work more feasible? Visit our family budget section for ideas.

Read more: Home daycare: Are you cut out for the job?

Squeezing in exercise
Perhaps you’re trying to get a regular exercise routine going, but something always seems to crop up to thwart your good intentions. We believe you! Many new moms find that fitting a workout into a daily or weekly routine is a difficult challenge — but well worth the effort. Remember: finding time that’s just for you is important for your psychological well-being. If you can hire a babysitter to get to a class or to the gym, go for it.

Read more: 15-minute mom workout>

Did you know?
You can check your baby’s hearing by observing if she turns her head to look for a new sound, if she babbles away with plenty of sounds, and if she turns her head when you call her name from behind. If you have to shout to be heard over music or another sound, it’s too loud for babies and young children.

Read more: How to handle ear infections>


Originally published on Oct. 20, 2011.

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