At 11 months, your baby will be into everything. They will be going everywhere, especially to places they shouldn’t be. They will also be grabbing ahold of everything near them. Your baby may seem like they are on a one-man mission to seek and destroy everything. ;
Your baby is becoming more adept at escaping and will be trying their darndest to wiggle out of anything that you try to do such as diaper changes, feeding, or putting them in their car seat. This is all normal – the world is an exciting place for them now and they want to explore it all.
Your baby’s language skills are also making leaps and bounds. Your little one is understanding more and more words each day.
Traits At 11 Months
Your baby should be familiar with pictures and images in their favorite books. If you are very lucky, your baby can pinpoint and show recognition to their favorite characters. Pointing, at this age, is one of your baby’s favorite things to do. It is their way of communicating right now.
If you haven’t started already, this is a good time to start setting limits for your baby. You will need to instill some rules because, at this age, they can understand simple instructions. Your baby is choosing to ignore you whenever you tell them no.
This will also involve teaching your baby right and wrong. It’s never too early to teach your child discipline.
There will be times when you will feel like your baby is compelled to just explore and touch everything that is dangerous such as the TV, the power cords, VCR, CD player, power sockets, etc.
Try not to be frustrated about this, they actually do not know that they are doing anything that is potentially dangerous. What you will need to do is to be extra vigilant. Follow your little one around wherever they go and keep anything dangerous out of their way.
At 11 months old, your baby should be doing the following.
- Standing up unassisted
- Walking or taking small steps
- Pointing and going for items they want
- Grabbing finger foods and feeding themselves
- Babbling and imitating words
- Waving bye-bye
- Trying to say simple words such as “dada” and “mama”
- Scooching on their butt
- Rolling backward and forwards
- Stacking play items such as cups and bowls
Your baby is now able to do the following.
- See colors very well
- Develop specific preferences for textures and tastes
- Show curiosity and explore how things work
- Express separation anxiety
- Show personality traits
- Attach meaning to simple words
- Understand simple one-word phrases
- Dance while listening to music
- Mimic animal sounds
When Should You Be Concerned?
Babies are generally not comparable. You must never compare the progress of your child to that of another child. This will only cause you frustrations that are unnecessary.
Another important point to remember is that babies have different development schedules.
That being said, if you notice any of the following, you can talk to your pediatrician who will offer you additional advice.
- If they are not crawling
- If they are not trying to stand
- If they do not attempt to reach for items near them
- If they are not responding to attention from you
- If they do not respond to sounds
- If they do not bring items to their mouth
- If they are not making sounds
- If they do not roll around
- If they do not laugh or squeal with joy
- If they appear stiff and do not move their head
- If they are not gaining weight as they should or they appear to be losing weight
Most babies will start learning how to walk from around 9 months, and they should be walking well by the 15th month. However, do not worry if your baby is taking a little longer because as we said, babies develop differently and at their own pace.
You should only worry if at 24 months your baby still hasn’t walked yet. Otherwise, you have time to examine your child and monitor their progress. Remember that if your baby was born premature, they may need some time to catch up to most milestones.
Now, your baby’s legs are not strong enough to support them. So, your baby will also be using the furniture in the house to hold themselves up and take one step after another.
At 11 months, they will try to master standing up on their own first, then you will notice them squatting and scooching.
When your baby starts walking, they may fall a lot in the beginning. The best thing to do here is to let them. Ensure the house is safe by installing some carpets so they don’t get hurt, but remember the baby is very strong and they will not be too hurt.
Should You Buy Your Baby A Walker?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly discourages the use of walkers because they say that walkers make it very easy for your baby to move around. This may prevent them from developing their upper leg muscles.
Instead, they recommend helping your baby walk on their own, by ensuring there are objects along the way to help them support themselves.
When Should Your Baby Start Wearing Shoes?
It is advisable to hold off introducing shoes until your baby is able to walk outside. This is because going barefoot helps with their balance and coordination.
Celebrate all the main milestones. When your baby sits up on their own, when they take their first step, and even when they say their first words.
It is a great month, and as we gear up to the baby’s first birthday party, you should be enjoying time with your little one. Soon they will be very busy walking, talking, singing, and simply being a toddler and may not need you as much.