Milestones at 10 Months

Your baby may be starting to really move around now. Get ready to do some chasing around the house!

It’s typical for 10-month-old babies to:

  • Move from lying on the stomach up into a sitting position
  • Sit by falling down on the bum
  • Maybe begin to take a few steps independently (though starting to walk typically occurs sometime between 10 and 12 months, or later)
  • Recover balance easily when sitting
  • Say “mama” or “dada” and know who it refers to
  • Say a word other than her first word
  • Wave hello and goodbye

Just remember: All babies are different and develop at their own pace. Developmental milestones occur over a range of time because of this.

If your infant hasn’t yet reached some of these milestones, it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.

Talk with your baby’s healthcare provider about any developmental concerns, including if your baby ...

  • Cannot see or recognize objects or people at a distance
  • Has eyes that always wander inward or outward or don't move in unison
  • Squints or shies away from light
  • Has droopy eyelids, or scratches or rubs eye a lot
See also ...

What your 10-month-old is learning and experiencing

Looking ahead: Development at 11 months 

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