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10-12 month-old

Development

 

At 10 months you will be amazed by how fast your little one is growing and changing and becoming a more independent little human who can get to where they like, play and communicate with you. Your baby will start to recognise their toys and might even have a favourite book or stuffed animal or song! Your legs might soon become poles for pulling themselves to a standing position and they are becoming little pros at mimicking and copying everything you do!

 

By 11 months your baby will probably be cruising around, holding onto furniture and may even be trying to take some steps alone. Hand-eye coordination is improving too and you can challenge these skills with activities that involve arranging toys by size or colour, stacking them, putting them in and out of a box etc. Exploring textures can be lots of fun at this age, and they should be exposed to as many sensory opportunities as possible. Read stories to your baby every day, point to the pictures, make the sounds and allow them to turn pages.

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY! Can you believe you and your baby have made it to 1 YEAR? At 12 months your baby will be able to respond to simple requests, communicate using simple gestures (shaking head or waving bye) and will be making sounds that sound more like actual speech. Their attention span should be increasing for around 2- 5 minutes at this age, meaning they can focus on activities or read books with you for longer periods of time now.

 

Here are some simple DIY Developmental activities which you can do with your 10-12 month-old baby:

  • Pipe cleaner in box Poke holes in the bottom of an empty fruit box. Thread pipe cleaners through the holes and encourage baby to pull them all the way through! Celebrate with them by clapping and cheering with each extracted pipe-cleaner!

  • Stickers on the couch Cut simple shapes out of coloured contact paper. Stick it loosely at various heights onto the back of your couch. Encourage baby to sit, stand and stretch as they collect all the stickers. Cut shapes out of various colours of paper for some variety.

  • Post it notes When you are in a hurry and do not have time to cut out sticky shapes, simply stick post-it notes on a wall or door or piece of furniture and encourage your baby to pull them all off!

  • Posting games Putting things in and out of a box is super entertaining at this age, plus its brilliant for coordination developmental skills. Cut a hole in the top of a box and give them some simple cardboard shapes or toys and allow them to post them into the hole.

  • Tissue paper in a box fill a small box with strips of tissue paper. Cut a hole in the box and help them to pull the tissue paper out of the hole.

  • Hidden toys and wool Stick all your babies favourite rattles and toys into a ball of knitting wool. Allow them to pull the toys out of the tangle of strings.

  • Crawling on the grass Put your baby directly on the grass. Allow them to explore their senses. (Oh how I wish Paige didn’t have a grass allergy… do it for us!)

  • Present time! Put all your baby's favourite toys in a variety of gift bags. Cover the toys wiht tissue paper and watch as they unpack and delight in the discovery of each toy!

  • Foam shapes Collect a variety of foam shapes. (your local Crazy store or plastic shop shoudl have). Give your child some water to dip the shapes in and have fun sticking them all over the wallsand doors! (no mess and they easily come off) Alternatively, stick them in the bath during bathtime. 

  • Felt board Investing in a felt bulitin board or large piece of felt material wont be regretted as this can be used as a theme board, story board or discovery board as your child grows. Cut shapes or fruit or animals etc out of felt pieces. Discuss the colours and shapes and cheer your baby on as they remove the pictures from the board and stick them back again.

  • Finger Painting Make some finger paint by cooking some cornflour and water with colouring. Or use yogurt! Allow baby to lick and explore the textures. Rememeber, the bigger the mess, the better the success when it comes to sensory play! Just remember to schedule in enough time for a bath afterwards!

  • Story time Again, a daily allocated story time is very important for your baby. Set aside a little time each day to do this!

Felt Board
Cut shapes from felt and stick them to a bulletin board or large piece of felt material.
Finger Painting
make paint out of cornflour and water or use yogurt! Allow your baby to explore the textures. The bigger the mess. the better the success!
Presents!
Hide your child's toys in gift bags and cover with tissue paper.
Foam shapes
Wet foam shapes and stick them on the walls or in the bathtub.
stacking
Decorate some empty plastic pots with pretty paper and use as stacking toys.
posting game
cut a hole in an empty cereal box and post items into the hole.
Hidden Toys
Hide her favourite rattles, toys and objects in a ball of wool. Allow her to pull them all out.
Post-it notes
Stick coloured post-it notes on the back of furniture or walls and allow baby to pull them all off.
Pipe-cleaners in a box
Thread pipe cleaners or objects through some holes in an empty box. Watch as baby pulls them out!
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