Development & Behavior
How should my baby be developing?
Words and word – like sounds are now spilling out fromyour baby, and they are able to use them meaningfully. Their brain continues to develop, so does their ability to reason and speak.
In the first week of the eleventh month, your baby is capable to:
- get into a sitting position from stomach;
- pick up tiny object with any part of thumb and finger. As always, make sure dangerous objects stay out of baby’s reach;
- understand “no” but not always obey it.
How to support my baby?
At this age, your baby can probably imitate word sounds and inflections. They may be able to follow simple one – step directions, such as “Please bring me the ball” or “Pick up the spoon.” Help them learn by separating multistep commands into easy – to – follow or single steps, reinforcing them with gestures.
Health & Safety
What should I discuss with my doctor?
Most doctors do not schedule regular checkups for your baby this month, since babies in this age do not appreciate the holding during a doctor’s visit. Those with stranger anxiety may also not appreciate the doctors, no matter how warm and friendly they are. Do call the doctor if there are any concerns that you cannot wait until next month’s visit.
What should I know?
Your baby can walk now. You may notice their legs are not straight. The knees may look like they will knock together. This is called having bowed legs. You should not worry too much. Your baby will become more active and get used to walking and running. The legs will straighten themselves out. Here’s some information that can help you:
Even the legs that grace fashion’s top catwalks were probably bowed when they took their first steps. Almost all children are bowlegged during the first two years of life. Then, as they spend more time on walking, they become knock – kneed (their knees meet, but their ankles do not). Not until the teen years do the knees and ankles align and the legs appear to be shaped normally. Special shoes or orthotics are not needed and will not make a difference in this normal progression.
Occasionally, you will note a true abnormality in a child’s legs. Perhaps just one leg is bowed, or one knee turns in, or perhaps the baby is knock – kneed, or normal bowing becomes progressively more pronounced once walking begins. In such cases, or if there is a history of bowlegs or knock – knees in adults in the family, the baby may need further evaluation either by the baby’s doctor or by a pediatric orthopedist. Depending upon the particular case, treatment may or may not be recommended. You also need to notice rickets, once the most common cause of permanently bowed legs. Supply the fortification of formula, milk, and other dairy products with vitamin D.
This is an age that many parents fear neither they nor their babies will survive. Split lips, black eyes, bumps, bangs, bruises, and countless close calls for baby. It is still a better thing than they’d never learn to get around on their own or, in fact, learn much of anything at all.
Some children learn caution fairly quickly. After the first topple off the coffee table, they retreat for a few days and then proceed more carefully. Others (those who will probably always enjoy living life on the edge, much to their parents’ chagrin) seem as though they will never learn caution, never know fear, never feel pain; five minutes after toppling, they are back for toppling again.
Learning to walk is a matter of trial and error or, more accurately, step and fall. You cannot, and should not try to interfere with the learning process. Your role, other than that of proud but nervous spectator, is to do everything possible to ensure that when your baby falls, they falls safely. While taking a tumble on the living room rug can bruise his ego. Bumping into the rounded edge of the sofa may draw some tears, but colliding with the sharp corner of a glass table may draw blood. To decrease the chance of serious injuries, be sure that your house is safe for your baby. And even if you have removed the most obvious hazards from your toddler’s path, remember that the most important safety feature in your home is someone who is minding your child.
Serious injuries can happen in the safest place in your home. You should prepare for this possibility by knowing just what to do if one should occur,. You can take a baby – resuscitation course and learn the first – aid procedures.
Parental reaction often colors a baby’s response to mishap. If that each fall brings one or more panicked adults rushing to their rescue, chorusing, “Are you okay? Are you okay?” between gasps and shudders, your fallen soldier is likely to overreact as much as those around them can shed as many tears when they is not really hurt as when they are really and may soon become overcautious or lose their sense of adventure. If, on the other hand, the adult’s reaction is a calm “Oops, you fell down! You are all right. Up you go” then the child is likely to get right back on their feet without missing a beat.
What I am concerned about?
In the first week of the eleventh month, you may have many concerns include weaning from the bottle. Following these suggestions can make the switch from all bottle to all cup a little smoother:
- weaning time is right;
- go slow;
- keep the bottle out of sight;
- make cup more exciting;
- expect a mess;
- expect less;
- teach by example;
- be positive;
- be patient;
- give extra love.
These above are changes of your baby and what you need to know to take care of your baby. How is your baby’s development next week?
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: August 11, 2016 | Last Modified: March 26, 2019
Murkoff, Heidi. What to Expect, The First Year. New York: Workman Publishing Company, 2009. Print version. Page 459 – 470.
Your 11-month-old: Week 2. http://www.babycenter.com/6_your-11-month-old-week-2_1496255.bc. Accessed June 2, 2015.