What’s happening with your baby?
By 11 months, she may have reached the following stages:
I wanna be like you: She would copy everything you do if she could. She’ll want to use a toy telephone just like you, try to brush her hair and may even attempt to clean up with a dustpan and brush. Even if she may create more mess, encourage her to get involved and ‘help’ you.
Point it out: She may now be able to let you know what she wants by pointing it out to you. Ask her where her teddy is, and encourage her to show you where to find it.
Say it loud: Joy! This may be the month when your baby says “mama” and “dada” and actually means it. There’s nothing that can quite compare to the first time your tot looks at you, smiles and says “mama”. Don’t be upset though, if your baby chooses to say “dada” most of the time – it’s just a lot easier word for her to say.
How you can help your baby this month
Play dates: Getting out and about and meeting other babies her age is good for her social skills. Invite a few baby friends over for a play – she’ll happily sit on the floor alongside a mate, but don’t expect much interaction as yet. That comes with time, but just being alongside other babies is all good practice for making friends.
Step by step: If you feel your baby is ready, gently encourage her to take her first steps. Pull her up to a standing position and hold her hands firmly in yours so she can’t fall. If you slowly edge away from her, she might try to take a small step forward. But don’t be tempted to suddenly let go of her hands without notice, as you don’t want to hurt her confidence. Give her lots of praise and encouragement for her efforts.
Your baby’s health
Standing safety: Once she’s pulling herself up, you’ll need to fit a cooker guard and ensure no pan handles are left pointing outwards when you’re cooking. Keep her away from hot oven doors when you’re cooking and check that she can’t do a Houdini and climb out of her cot.
Play ideas for your baby
Reading: Corner She’s probably mastered the art of turning the pages of books by herself, so make sure she’s got lots of lovely colourful and fun books to look at. Choose a variety of books with different textures, flaps to lift and buttons to press. You could be encouraging a life-long love of reading.
In and out: She loves getting things out of containers and putting them back in again, practising her handling skills. A ‘posting box’ toy will fascinate her, but she’s just as likely to have fun with a peg bag and pegs.
Your baby’s development may not be exactly the same as these descriptions since all children will develop at their own pace. This is an approximate guide of some of the new skills your little one may be developing. If you have any concerns, always speak to your health visitor or GP.