10 and 11 Month Old Baby Development
10 to 11 months is a time for some very special milestones in your baby’s development. First words will soon be heard and first steps taken as their strength and co-ordination improves. All of these changes will require extra fuel and nutrients and mealtimes will give your 11 month old baby a chance not only to eat, but also to try to feed themselves.
Your baby will soon begin to understand that when they throw something, it travels across the room. It sounds simple, but they haven’t always held the understanding that their actions have consequences. This article looks at the developments that are occurring both physically and mentally at around 10 months and how games and play – along with lots of encouragement – can help your baby to grow in confidence.
Your baby’s development at 10-11 months
At 10 months your baby’s increasing mobility and mental curiosity requires extra fuel. But with such a small tummy, feeding them a variety of foods in small amounts regularly throughout the day is the best way to ensure they get the energy and nutrients they need. And offering your baby a variety of foods right from the start will help to create healthy habits for life.
Encouraging your baby to get stuck in during mealtimes can help develop your baby’s co-ordination skills as well as their independent streak; let them drink from a beaker, play with finger foods, or try spoon-feeding themselves. Remember to give lots of praise to encourage their efforts and help build their self-confidence.
Other changes happening at 10-11 months:
First steps and first words
With your help and support, your baby will soon be saying their first words and taking their first steps. These are amazing milestones to witness and you may want to keep a camera close by at 10 to 11 months as walking and talking can happen when you least expect it.
Standing and walking
Over the past few months your baby has been strengthening their leg muscles in preparation for walking through crawling and kicking. They may begin pulling themselves up to a standing position all by themselves, or even take their first small, tentative steps while holding onto your hand, furniture or walls.
Every baby develops in their own way and at their own pace, so try not to rush them. Your baby will probably practise by wobbling their way around the house with support from whatever or whoever happens to be around.
Greater control and co-ordination
As your baby’s hand-eye co-ordination improves, they’ll gain much more control over their hands and fingers and become more and more fascinated by ’cause-and-effect’ actions, such as the turning of wheels that make toys move.
Although they may be able to hold a spoon and try to feed themselves, their attempts will still be quite messy for some months to come.
A baby’s choice of first words can be surprising for a lot of parents. If your baby has already been using certain words already, now’s the time when they’ll begin to connect the word with the object or person and use them with meaning. Common first words are names like ‘mumma’ and ‘dadda’, ‘ju-ju’ for juice or ‘wu-wu’ for dog.
Although your baby may be enjoying their newfound freedom, they may still rely on furniture or other objects for support when toddling about. You can help to build the confidence they need to take those first unaided steps by sitting a little distance away and, once they are standing and stable, opening up your arms and encouraging them to take small steps towards you. Make sure you praise every effort – especially if they make it into your arms without falling.
The experienced mums on our Careline team have lots of knowledge to share about this exciting time. If something’s on your mind, give us a call on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/+971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.