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9 to 10 Months

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horse"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."

"If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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9 - 10 MONTHS

   -   Pulls up to stand, holds on with one or two hands.
   -   May cruise around furniture with a high and deliberate sidestep motion.
   -   Can sit from a standing position.
   -   Fascinated by climbing stairs, but has no idea how to get down.
   -   Crawls into small spaces and cannot get back out!
   -   Tries to “escape” from diaper changes.
   -   Opens cabinets, drawers and may enjoy emptying them all over the floor.
   -   Is refining ability to pick up small items.
   -   May indicate readiness for finger foods by trying to take the spoon from you or pointing at food.
   -   Pokes finger into objects to explore the depth of the object.
   -   Follows one step instructions like “Go to Mommy”.
   -   Imitates telephone conversations. May hold toy phone or object to “ear”.
   -   May imitate words and motions like “bye bye” or “shhhh”.
   -   Crawls into small spaces and cannot get back out!
   -   Turns to check you are still there while she crawls away.
   -   Loves water play! Pools, bathtub, splashing including toilet! Lock lid.
   -   Is learning how to react by watching others reactions.
   -   Begins to cooperate getting dressed. May push arms through sleeves or try to dry herself with a towel.
   -   Loves to show off for a family audience.

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