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10 to 11 months old

Katie de Klee
How your baby will grow and develop, some great tips and what to expect from the month ahead.
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What’s happening now:
  • Your baby is becoming more independent.
  • Your baby may now only need one nap a day.
  • Your baby is getting better at standing.
  • More teeth.
  • You’ll may start hearing them say actual words. 
How your baby is developing:
Your baby will try to say words to indicate what they want. Try to interpret the sounds and repeat back what you think they said. By the time your baby is 11 months old, they may be able to say “ma-ma” and “da-da” to the correct parent.

You can introduce chunkier foods as your baby gets more teeth. They are most probably getting better at feeding themselves, although mealtimes will still be messy for a while!

Your baby will be pulling themselves to their feet and trying to move around holding on to things more and more. You may see that your baby can stand for a few moments unsupported. They are also getting more dexterous and may try to put toys inside things or pull them apart. Now that they’re getting older, your baby might only be napping once a day, and (hopefully) sleeping through the night. Napping in the afternoon after lunch is probably the best time of day.

Tips for you this month:
Your baby is getting heavier now and you need to be careful not to strain yourself when you are lifting them up and moving around. Alternate the hip you carry your baby on and bend your knees when you pick them up and put them down.

You can use the word “no” if your baby is doing something that is not allowed or is unsafe. Babies will have learnt to understand what this means but only reprimand them when it is necessary. If you’re battling to get back into a normal sleep routine, fresh air and exercise can help, and it’s still a good idea to have a quick nap when your baby sleeps in the afternoon.

This month’s To Do list:
  • Try giving your baby some new finger food this week.
  • Prepare a delicious meal to eat with your partner.
  • Start thinking about how you might celebrate your baby’s birthday.
  • Clear away all the toys that are scattered all over your floor (even if it’s just for one day!)
If you have 5 minutes…
Mom’s top tip.
Even though you may have started disciplining your child, make sure you show plenty of positive affection too – it’s a good idea to outnumber any punishment with hugs and kisses. Praise has been shown to motivate children to follow rules.

Curious about next month? 
Click here to find out what happens next month… And the month after.

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