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11 month old


Becoming independent and saying "no" is a trademark of 11-months-old babies. They spend lots of time shaking their heads "no", even when they mean "yes!" Your baby is growing more independent and is starting to assert himself. He is also more mobile and won't like being confined in high chairs, on the changing table, in car seats or prams and he will let you know … loudly. He will probably be starting to point to the things he wants, wave to you when you leave and maybe even nod for 'yes' and shake his head for 'no'.

Increased mobility makes exploration easier. Recognizing more pictures in books makes reading more interesting. Better memory makes games more fun, especially pointing games. Here is what you can expect during this month from your 11 month old:

Social smile and Emotional development
  • Claps hands

  • Becomes excited when a task is mastered

  • Acts frustrated when restricted

  • Initiates social interactions

  • May show an interest in helping by wanting to pull off his own socks while undressing

  • Show pride after accomplishments e.g. such as when putting objects into a container may clap hands

Language and Communication skills
  • Shakes head for “no”

  • Points or gestures to ask for something

  • Says one word other than "mama" and "dada"

  • Copies actions as well as sounds

  • Labels the correct parent with “mama” or “dada”.

  • Enjoys games such as pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo

  • Will start to use some of his old toys in new and novel toys

  • Holds arm out for sleeve or foot out for shoe.

Cognitive skills
  • Explores objects more thoroughly

  • Starting to learn concepts such as up and down, hot and cold, in and out.

  • Able to manipulate objects out of tight fitting spaces

  • Understands symbolism. He understands "mama" stands for you and pointing means “get me that”

  • Drops objects deliberately so that they will be picked up.

Physical development
  • Walks holding on to furniture or other objects

  • Places one object after another into a container

  • Reaches back to pick up an object when sitting

  • Rolls a ball when asked

  • Stands alone for a few seconds

  • Has mastered crawling

  • Can drink from a cup

  • Pulls off hats/socks if he dislikes them

  • Show an interest in turning the pages in books

  • Can lift foot when standing

Developmental watch
  • Does not crawl
  • Cannot stand when supported

  • Does not search for objects that are hidden while he watches

  • Does not learn to use gestures, such as waving or shaking head

  • Loses skills he once had

Recommended activities
  • Musical instruments: greater motor abilities and control mean your little one is ready to bang  a drum, shake a Marcus, or a xylophone
  • Help him walk with or without support

  • Provide push/pull toys for him to play with

  • Roll a large ball back and forth

  • Encourage him to pick up a toy off the floor from the standing position without holding on to anything.

  • He may love finding things that are hidden. Play “where did it go?”to help him develop fine motor skills and the concept of object permanence- that things don’t go away when he can’t see them. Hide a brightly colored object under a scarf. Then put baby’s hand over the object and help him uncover it. Soon he will find it without any help.

Babies grow and develop at different rates. The information above is offered as a guide. There is no need to expect your baby's development to fit with all the above descriptions. If you’re at all worried about your baby's development, it is best to speak with your doctor.



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