Time for Do-It-Myself
In 11 months, your baby's gone from complete dependence to the first steps of striking out on his own – climbing, cruising, possibly standing and walking? by himself? (with your guidance, of course). You can help him with these new steps as you:
- Engage your 11-month-old's growing mind
- Ensure baby safety
- Teach your baby the names for his world
Smart play – engaging your 11-Month-old's growing mind
Because he's becoming so smart and inquisitive, your activities together become more interesting, engaging him cognitively and physically.
Here's what you can do together:
- Help him walk with (or without) support
- Ask him to find his favorite toy in his toy basket
- Provide push/pull toys for him to play with
- Roll or toss a large ball back and forth
- Encourage your baby to pick a toy off the floor without holding onto anything
- Continue to talk to your baby
When your baby talks back – and other signs he's getting older
After months of being talked to, your baby is starting to talk back. He may not use real words, but he can point to a favorite book or toy when you ask. And as he continues to babble, he may even say a word or two.
So keep talking to your baby. Introduce pronouns such as "he" and "she," colors and simple concepts. By the end of the first year, you'll be amazed at how much he understands and says.