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Why imaginative play is so vital. Plus, have you started thinking about—gasp!—baby’s birthday yet??
Your baby has now reached a point in her development where she is able to engage in imaginative play! Have you noticed that when she is playing, she will use items to mimic real life situations? For example, she may pick up a block and talk to it like a phone. Maybe she holds her doll and rocks it back and forth.
This type of play is so important, as it helps children better understand the world around them! As she grows older, this imaginative play can even help her develop a sense of moral development and empathy, as she is able to pretend and place herself into different social and emotional roles of life.
As she engages in this imaginative play, you may also notice her prelinguistic conversations start to emerge. You may notice that her babbles and coos are becoming clearer and more conversation-like. Observe the way she verbalizes with you and with others. When you talk to her, or ask her questions, does she contribute to the dialogue by talking back to you? Whether or not it’s language you understand, this back and forth dialogue shows that she is practicing conversational turn taking, preparing her for later speech and language development. Learn more about when babies start talking.
Baby's also made a lot of progress at mealtime. Now that baby has been eating solids for a few months, they may be full-on self-feeding at this point. And if not, chances are they're ready. Check out this post to brush up on baby-led weaning, and be sure baby has age-appropriate utensils and cups to help encourage further development.
Now that your little one is nearly ten months old, you’re getting closer and closer to that one year mark! Now is the time that many mamas start to think about that first birthday party or even a one year photo shoot.
You’ve still got plenty of time to think about what’s to come over the next two months, but here are some thought starters:
There are some exciting times ahead, mama! It’s never too early to start thinking about how you want to celebrate your little one’s first trip around the sun—and your first year working hard to mother that sweet baby!
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