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Growing Strong: Activities and Nutrition for Babies 8-10 Months Old
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As your baby grows, their developmental milestones become more apparent. You might notice them starting to pull themselves up to standing or even starting to use their thumb and index finger to pick up smaller pieces of food on their plates.
Read on for ideas of fun activities to promote growth and learning, as well as nutrition tips for this stage from our partner V&Me.
What are the best activities for 8-10 month old babies?
Play groups and open-play sessions are great for babies aged 8-10 months. These classes usually involve music, high-energy activities, singing, dancing, and lots of fun - for babies and parents!
Your little one will love this stimulating environment and learn using several senses. Playgroups also provide an opportunity for babies to interact with other babies, which helps them develop their social skills. You can find playgroups near you on Pebble.
What should 8-10 month old babies eat?
By 8-10 months, your baby will gradually move towards eating three meals a day – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's important to take their cues when it comes to mealtime, as babies are good at regulating their own appetites. Paying attention to their weekly intake instead of daily is a better approach.
Whether you started with baby led weaning (BLW) or traditional puree, you should encourage your little one to experiment with textures and eat small bites of food from 9/10 months to help prevent fussy eating down the line. Remember that babies under 1 year old generally don’t need snacks as their tummies are tiny and snacks can replace their appetites at meal times.
By 8-10 months, your baby is gaining new skills and awareness of their environment. It's important to provide them with a nutritious diet and a stimulating environment to promote their growth and development. The content on this page should not replace professional medical advice. Remember to always follow your health professional's advice, and enjoy this special time with your child!