at 11 months
how to help your baby's development at 11 months
Your little one is really active by now, and when they're not cruising round the furniture they'll be shuffling or crawling round the floor. They might say their first word this month – dada is a favourite (sorry mum!)
Read and repeat. This month it's all about building your little one's language skills. They're getting more active, so books with flaps they can lift and buttons that make sounds will keep them really interested. Their improving eyesight means they'll also love books with big, bright colours.
Repetition is really important. As well as reading the same books over and over, you should also try to repeat the names of things your baby already knows. Pointing out their 'cot', 'bottle', 'door', 'toy', and 'car' will help them to get used to simple words and sounds, as well as their real-world meaning.
fun and games
fun and games
This is a great age to encourage your little one to use their imagination by playing with dolls and puppets. They'll also enjoy interactive games with adults, like taking turns at making silly faces and having tickle fights. Giggles galore!
first ever words
When your baby makes a noise that sounds like a word, pile on the praise to give them encouragement. Repeat the word back to them so that they remember it. Speak clearly and slowly, and encourage them to try new sounds during your daily chats.
Your 11 month old just loves making a mess and feeling different textures. Embrace it by teaching them how to finger paint. If you're feeling really brave, give them a big bowl of jelly to sink their hands into. Real squidgy fun.
are you thinking of stopping breastfeeding?
You may be thinking about stopping breastfeeding around this time, or planning how to continue - although there are cases where your baby will help make that decision with you. If you do come to the decision to stop breastfeeding, allow a few weeks to gradually reduce the number of breastfeeds. Remember, you don’t have to give up completely. Many mothers choose combination feeding as an option for a while.
As your baby is now older, they may also be taking less milk feeds and more solids. If you have made the choice to stop breastfeeding, for a smoother transition, babies are often more accepting of their first bottle if it contains expressed breast milk.
time for a check up
You'll be asked to bring your baby in for a second developmental check between ten and twelve months. They'll look at your baby's health and diet, and how their language skills are coming along. It's a great opportunity to mention any concerns about your little one's development.