Stages of Development – 10-12 Months

Motor Milestones

  • Pulls to stand and cruises along furniture
  • Stands alone and takes several independent steps
  • Moves in and out of various positions to explore environment and get desired toys
  • Maintains balance in sitting when throwing objects
  • Claps hands
  • Releases objects into a container with a large opening
  • Uses thumb and pointer finger to pick up tiny objects

Communication Milestones

  • Meaningfully uses “mama” or “dada”

Sensory Milestones

  • Enjoys listening to songs
  • Explores toys with fingers and mouth
  • Crawls to or away from objects baby sees in the distance

Feeding Milestones

  • Finger feeds self
  • Eating an increasing variety of food
  • Begins to use an open cup
  • Ready to try soft-cooked vegetables, soft fruits, and finger foods (teething biscuits, cooked pasta)
  • Might be ready to start self feeding with utensils
  • Enjoys a greater variety of smells and tastes

Red Flags

  • Difficulty pulling to stand
  • Only uses arms to pull up to standing
  • Sits with weight to one side
  • Strongly flexed or stiffly extended arms
  • Needs to use hands to maintain sitting position
  • Poor head control in upright position
  • Becomes fussy in response to movement
  • Extreme reactions to touch or when exposed to new textures
  • Does not turn when someone calls their name

  • Shows no recognition of familiar words such as “mama” “dada” “doggy”

  • Does not use fingertips to pick up small objects of food

  • Baby rejects solid foods, preferring only milk

  • Unable to transition to thicker purees or table foods

  • Fatigues during feeding/feeding takes an excessive amount of time

  • Avoids getting messy during mealtime

  • Drools excessively