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11 month old baby development

By 11 months your baby will be into everything – going where she shouldn't be, grabbing hold of anything within easy reach and it will seem as though she is on a one-person mission to seek and destroy; here's what else you can expect:

She is also becoming adept at escaping and will try to wriggle out of whatever it is you are trying to do, be it nappy changes, feeding while in her high chair or squirming out of her straps as you put her in the pushchair - after all, the world is an exciting place and she can't wait to explore it!

As well as the physical advances, her language skills are coming on leaps and bounds, especially when it comes to understanding words.

She will begin to recognise familiar pictures in books and, if you are lucky, point to them to show recognition. Pointing in general is a firm favourite – it is one way she is able to communicate without words.

If you haven't begun already, now is the time to decide on setting limits and how best to instil them. At this age, your baby probably understands simple instructions and may purposely choose to ignore you when you say no.

Even though your baby might not remember from one day to the next, it is not too soon to set boundaries and begin teaching her right from wrong.

For example, if she pulls the cat's tail, move her hand, look her in the eye, and say, "No, that hurts the cat." Then guide your daughter's hand to pet the animal gently.

Her desire to explore is stronger than her desire to listen to your warnings, so it's up to you to protect and teach her.

Your baby at eleven months:

She should be able to:

  • Say "mama" and "dada" to the right parent
  • Stand alone for a few seconds
  • Get into a sitting position from her stomach
  • Understand "no" but not always obey it
  • Point at objects

She will probably be able to:

  • Imitate others activities. At this age your baby may assert herself among her siblings and begin to engage in parallel play - contentedly playing alongside (but not with) another child
  • Put objects into a container
  • Understand and respond to simple instructions.
  • Indicate her wants with gestures

She might be able to:

  • Drink from a cup independently.
  • Say words other than "mama" and "dada"
  • Play ball (roll a ball back to you)
  • Stoop from a standing position
  • Stand alone well
  • Walk while gripping your hand
  • Hold out her arm or leg to help you dress her

What to expect from your baby at month 12

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