Infant Development: 11 Month Milestones

As their first birthday is nearing your baby will become more social, mobile, and playful in their infant development. You may be finally catching up on those Zs you missed out on during those first few months, but you will probably need it just to keep up with your little one. Here’s a look at what your 11 month old should be doing.

  • Actively cruising or possibly even walking38667_1583840555047_7757624_n
  • Able to place objects in a container one after the other
  • Beginning to observe objects more scrupulously
  • Follows simple one-step commands when asked such as roll the ball
  • Shows excitement when they achieve a task
  • Shakes head no

Keep in mind that babies will develop at their own rate and may do some but not all of the above listed developmental skills. If you notice your baby hasn’t achieved any of these skills by the end of this month, consult with your doctor. It may be perfectly normal, though in some cases a delay in infant development could be an indication of  a medical problem.

Other Things Baby May Be Doing

Because babies develop at their own rate some may develop more quickly than others. Here are a few other skills your baby may accomplish by the end of this month:

  • Stand well independently
  • Walking well
  • Indicates wants other than by crying (pointing or gestures)
  • “Talks” (though in a language only they understand)
  • Say three or more words besides mama and dada
  • Understands and follows simple verbal commands without gestures (such as ‘bring it to me’)

Your doctor probably will not schedule a wellness check up this month unless a follow up has been scheduled to address a previous problem. If you have any concerns regarding your baby’s health or development, do call your doctor.

By now you should be weaning your baby off of the bottle if you haven’t already done so. See the article on Transitioning to Sippy Cup for tips on breaking the bottle habit. Some parents, especially breastfeeding parents, choose to skip the sippy cup and wait until baby has developed the motor skills necessary to drink from a cup independently.

Developing Speech

As your baby is becoming quite the little social butterfly, you can help them master their speech skills. Not all children are as talkative as others. Such was not the case with my daughter who once started talking never stopped. I do, however, know of a good friend whose child didn’t speak much and barely at all, even at 2 years old, around others. As previously noted if you notice any delays in your child’s development notify your doctor to rule out the possibility of a medical condition. Certain developmental disorders can be treated effectively if caught early on.

Encourage your baby’s speech and social development by engaging in conversation with them. Ask them questions and wait for a response, even if all you receive is an expression. As you are doing things around the house or taking your baby for a walk, explain your actions such as ‘mommy is folding the clothes’ and label objects. Encourage your baby to talk back to you by asking them questions or giving them choices and letting them respond. If they point it out or simply nod their head to a yes or no question, name the object. While you should encourage them to use words for communicating, if they don’t  and use only nonverbal indications don’t push them into it.

Don’t expect your baby to speak clearly for at least a couple of years. You can alway reinforce what they are trying to say by saying it back to them correctly, but don’t be too critical in the way they pronounce things. It may take your baby some time before they can master certain consonant sounds, so be patient and supportive.

Further Reading: Infant Development: 12 Month Milestones

Reference: Developmental milestones

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