Thursday, January 12, 2006

Isabella's personality now

Our baby at 10 months

At 10 months, your baby may:

Sensory/ Intellectual
try imitating some everyday actions like brushing hair or talking on the phone
learn the meaning of "no"
show a new level of attachment to Mom and Dad

New Attention Grabbers
Forget the toys. Babies are fascinated by everyday objects. Your baby would rather play with car keys, pots, pans and the remote control.

And soon she'll take this fascination to a new level. At around 10 months, babies start imitating everyday behavior. So your 10-month-old may try to use the phone, brush her hair or stir her cereal with her finger. This is more than simply having fun. Your baby is learning through observation.

Social Communication
Most babies learn the meaning of the word "no" at around this age. And although your baby probably won't say it, she will understand it. Saying "no" firmly and clearly is a good way to set limits. Especially when your baby's safety is at stake.

Don't be surprised if your 10-month-old starts shaking her head from side to side when she doesn't want to do something. This head shake is one of the earliest gestures babies make.

Separation Wariness
This month your baby may start acting a bit funny around strangers. What happened to your sweet, affectionate, outgoing child? "She's not usually like this," you say when she cowers and cries around relatives or friends.

Parents often feel embarrassed and anxious when their babies get "clingy." But stranger wariness and its twin, separation wariness, are actually healthy signs. The fact that she's experiencing them means your baby is learning the difference between familiar and unfamiliar situations.

She's also learning about object permanence. Meaning she's beginning to understand that things continue to exist even when she can't see them.

Separation wariness occurs because your baby knows you're out there somewhere and she wants you back.

Brain Teaser
Did you know...
…development in the brain's frontal cortex is associated with solving problems and controlling emotions?

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