Baby by Month

Month 11

My 11-month-old baby: keep baby-proofing your home

Your 11-month-old baby might explore your home more than ever before. He is probably cruising while holding on to furniture, standing (with a few wobbles), and fascinated with stairs he can climb up but not down. Consider taking new steps to protect him. Plus, keep talking to him and introducing simple concepts.

Cordon off areas in the house which are risky and aim to keep things simple.

If you are still breastfeeding, don’t feel as if you need to wean. There is a lot of strong, supportive evidence for continuing to breastfeed for as long as both a mother and her baby are happy.

Your baby may be walking at 11 months but don’t worry if they aren’t even close. Every baby develops in their own time and when they are ready.

Try not to push your baby towards developing skills. It takes time and practice, confidence and coordination to learn what is involved in reaching a new developmental milestone. Try not to interpret your baby’s acquisition of physical skills as a sign of their intelligence. Although it can be tempting to do this, how and when they are able to move their body is not a sign of their academic potential.

Keep in mind that every baby develops on a different schedule, but by the end of month 11, your baby likely will be able to do the following:

  • Say “ma-ma” and “da-da” discriminately
  • Understand “no”
  • Clap his hands
  • Wave bye-bye