My daughter is now an adorable 10 month old. She is learning so much at this age. It seems as though she is doing something new every day. Even if her new thing is rolling her tongue out of her mouth we laugh and clap with excitement. After all, it is something she didn’t do yesterday. I did a little research today about development at her age and was excited about my findings. I’m sure the rest of you moms get as excited as I do when we catch a glimpse of the reasons our children act like they do.
At 10 months a baby’s hearing has developed significantly. They have the ability to hear most sounds. However, the ability to distinguish relevant sounds from noise is still difficult. When your child is playing and background noise is loud – your child may not respond when you speak. This is because they can’t filter out other noises enough to hear and respond to your voice. It’s important then to make sure the TV is not blaring, music is not resounding from another room, and other children aren’t using outside voices.
When your child is playing make sure to incorporate quiet times with your child. If you use these quiet times to talk with your child and engage in a conversation you are teaching them how to approriately respond to your voice as well as learning to carry on a conversation which will give meaning to words. I love these quiet times with my daughter. Here is an example of a conversation I might have with my sweet girl.
“What are you playing with sweetheart?”
she coos or babbles
“Oh your choo choo train?”
“Where are you going?”
she coos or babbles
“You are going to the store?”
“What are you going to buy?”
“Oh Yummy, I would love some animal crackers can I come too?”
“Should we bring anyone else?”
Having a conversation with your baby is a enjoyable time for both the parent and the child. It’s not important that they don’t understand every word or that they can’t use adult words to respond back. You are allowing your child to “practice” having a conversation. That will come in handy in a year or so when you need your child to talk.
You are also giving your baby much needed attention. But most importantly you are bonding with your child. This time allows you to pay attention to facial expressions, hand eye coordination, cooing and baby talk. All this information will help you understand your child even better and be more equipped to be a great mommy detective.
Here are some questions you might ask your baby tonight to start a conversation.
1. What do you want for snack? (lunch, dinner)
2. What is on your shirt? (most kids clothing has a character or print on it somewhere)
3. What toy shall we play with next?