More active every day
Your baby might be exploring your home more than ever before. Whether she’s cruising around the living room furniture, standing on her own, or climbing up (but not down) the stairs, consider taking new steps to keep her safe.
It’s a good idea to install safety gates or other barriers at the top and bottom of stairs. Here are some other tips to help keep your baby safe:
- Clear her play area of hard, sharp-edged furniture
- Lower her crib mattress so she can’t crawl out or fall while she stands
- Install childproof locks on drawers, screens, doors, and windows
- Move pots and pans containing hot foods away from counter and table edges
- Insert plug protectors in any unused electrical outlets
- Store toxic substances (like household cleaners and products)
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.
She’s right on track
All babies develop at different rates. You should not be concerned if your baby does something later or earlier than other children. In general, by the end of her eleventh month, your baby will likely be able to do the following:
- Walk with one hand held
- Drink from a cup
- Say one word other than “mama” or “dada”
- Point or gesture to ask for something
Things to think about nowOr rather, some things NOT to think about.
Your baby has come so far in almost a year. But maybe you’ve got a few things on your mind.
Hitting milestones later than her peers—Children learn best and build confidence when you let them learn at their own pace, but if you're truly concerned, check with your pediatrician.