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Your Baby: A Developmental Checklist: 8 To 10 Months

Remember that all babies are individuals and develop at their own pace. Premature infants, especially, reach many milestones later than their same-age peers. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your baby is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.

Physical Development

  • Crawls quickly.
  • Pulls to standing.
  • May cruise holding onto furniture.
  • Comes to sitting position from stomach.
  • Points with finger.
  • Picks up tiny objects with thumb and finger.
  • May begin to demonstrate right- or left-handedness.
  • Holds bottle and cup.
  • Handles two objects simultaneously.

Intellectual Development

  • Eager to explore.
  • Shakes, drops, feels, and tastes all he finds.
  • Briefly searches for hidden objects.
  • Enjoys being recognized for newly developed feats.
  • Experiences heightened anxiety level.
  • Understands the word no (but doesn't always obey it).
  • May develop fear of heights or bath.
  • Recognizes parents and self in mirror, will kiss own image on mirror.

Social And Emotional Development

  • Responds to own name.
  • Shows moods: angry, happy, hurt, sad
  • Plays peek-a-boo.
  • May play patty-cake.
  • Playfully imitates sounds of others, including coughing, lip smacking, and hissing.
  • Experiences separation and stranger anxiety.
  • Easily overwhelmed by older, noisy children.
  • Fights with other children over toys.
  • Objects if you try to take toy away.
  • Begins to identify with same-sex parent.

Language Development

  • Correlates words with gestures, such as waving bye-bye or nodding yes.
  • Combines sounds into longer expressions.
  • May say mama, dada, or bye-bye.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education