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11 months old


Your baby is growing and learning at an amazing rate. As you watch the progress from day to day, offer encouragement with plenty of cheers and positive reinforcement—your approval will help your child believe, “What I’m doing is great!”

    Stand unassisted and cruise along furniture
    Understand that smaller objects fit in larger ones

How your 11-month-old might play now:

He can stand unassisted and cruise along the furniture

Her babbling begins to have the inflections of language

He understands that smaller objects fit in larger ones

She can pull herself up and sit securely

He understands what "no" means but may be too curious to resist

She can respond to one or two commands

Children develop at their own pace and reach milestones at different times. The highlights mentioned in this website are approximate guidelines only. If you have any questions about your child's development, consult your healthcare provider.

Toys and Playtips

Help your baby learn more:

You can do it! Let your child play with the toy independently. Be there to help him if he needs you, and offer your encouragement: "You can do it … go ahead."

Play a game with your child to make up a song—make a sound with the toy and ask your child to mimic you. Or just follow what your child does.

Attach words to your child's movement with the toy, and also to the toy's features. Say “back and forth” or “side to side” as your child moves the toy.

Clap or sing along to encourage your child; you may even want to accompany him on another instrument. These "I can" play activities get filed away in your child's memory bank and boost self-confidence.

Help your baby learn more:

“What comes next?” Introduce sequencing by laying pieces out on the floor, with the biggest piece at one end and the smallest at the other. Talk about the sizes: “This is the biggest cup and this is the smallest.”

New discoveries. Let your child be the discoverer and explorer, because that's the joy of play!

Help your baby learn more:
  • Help your new walker practice balancing and walking by encouraging her to bring her toy along on little excursions through the house. It will boost her confidence until she's more secure with her balance.
  • Change is good. For a lesson in action/reaction, point out how the sound and speed of the toy can change: "Push it along slowly…now faster!" "You're making the music play!”
Help your baby learn more:

Let’s chat. Promote your baby's language development and encourage early "conversations" by pretending to call her, or helping her call her dolls and stuffed animals.

Again! Again! He’ll want to press the buttons and hear the sounds over and over again, so let him go. Besides being good for a laugh, these actions cement in his mind the idea that his actions cause something else to happen.