Infant Development: Your Baby's Eleventh Month

Your baby is fast approaching her one year birthday. As she enters her eleventh month of life, what new developments can you expect?

Your baby is almost one year old. Can you even believe the time flew by so fast? It was only a few months ago when your baby's only form of communication was to let out a cry. Now, she is pointing to things and learning her first words. As your baby enters her eleventh month, she will be making a lot of healthy and important transitions. No longer will your baby want to sit still for long periods of time. Now that she has mastered the art of mobility, you will find yourself needing more energy to catch up with her and chase her around the house. What different developments can you expect out of your baby as she moves through her eleventh month of life?

The transition from a bottle to a cup should be almost complete by your baby's eleventh month. She should be sitting in her high chair and using her hands to eat, while holding on to her sipping cup. Also, your baby will begin to add to her vocabulary of "Mama" and "Dada." She may say a word from one of the books you read to her or she may say the name of one of her siblings. At this point, it is a toss-up as to what her third word will be. As your baby is starting to form her vocabulary, it is crucial that you continue your reading to her every single day. Constantly reiterate the names of objects and pictures you show her in her books so she begins to learn their names. Even though she may not be able to fully form the words, she will probably be able to point to different shapes and objects in her books if you ask her where they are.

As your baby develops her balance and strength, you will find that she is becoming more and more confident in her walking. You will be hard-pressed to keep her seated for long periods of time, because she will want to be up and about using her "new" legs. Because of her new and advanced mobility, now is the time to ensure that your house is child-safe. Invest in safety items like outlet covers (to keep curious little fingers out of the outlets), child-safe locks for your lower cabinets and doors (so she does not find your cleaning products), rubber edges for your furniture (anything that has a sharp edge like a coffee table or end table) and child safety gates for those areas of the house you do not want her to venture in (like the garage or kitchen).

It is exciting to see how quickly your baby is developing and growing. She is now able to point to things and pick out certain objects by being asked. For example, ask her to bring you her favorite teddy bear, named "Charles." She may not understand enough to bring Charles to you, but if she is aware of her favorite bear's name, she will be able to pick it out of a box full of toys. She is starting to imitate your actions, so now is the time to introduce her to games. You can get down on the floor with her and roll her favorite ball back and forth across the living room floor. She will see that you roll the ball to her and do her best to push it towards you. As her hand-eye coordination improves, so will her game-playing.

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