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Baby Development: Your 11-Month-Old

Eleventh Month Baby Milestones: Communication

Eleven-month-olds realize that they’re unique people. They have a strong sense of their likes and dislikes, and they’ve learned to use their emotions to get what they want -- like throwing a temper tantrum when you try to take away a favorite toy. Your baby may already have discovered the word “no.” If so, you’ll probably be hearing it a lot.

Communication begins to take on a more mature rhythm at 11 months. Babies at this age can engage in a regular back-and-forth conversation. When you ask a question, you’ll get a response, although you probably won’t understand most of that response. When you name something -- like the family dog -- your baby can point at it. You’ll also probably notice that your baby has a longer attention span and can focus on you or a game for more than a few seconds at a time.

Tips for Your Baby’s Eleventh Month:

  • Now that your baby is crawling and walking with help, let him explore many different types of textures, including grass, carpet, and the floor.
  • Read together with your baby every day. Involve your child in the experience by pointing to people and things in the pictures and asking your baby what they are. You can also involve him by letting him turn the pages.
  • Start reinforcing good behaviors with praise, and correcting inappropriate behaviors with a firm “no.”
  • Encourage your baby to start becoming more independent while dressing, eating, and getting ready for bed.
  • If your baby is now motoring around on two feet, put socks with treads on him or a pair of comfortable baby shoes when you go out. Stick to bare feet at home until your baby is actually walking.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on July 12, 2014
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