Your Baby at 11 Months

Thinking Skills

  • Classifies objects by shape and size. Explores the weight of objects; likes watching how fast they fall.
  • Finds an object hidden under another object. May understand that a toy moved from one hiding place to a second place is no longer under the first place. He may follow the movement and now look under the second place for the toy.
  • Follows a verbal direction after a demonstration, such as "Squeeze the toy."
  • May use a few meaningful words or offer sound substitutes for words -- for example, "ta" may mean "cat."
  • Recognizes words as symbols for objects. May start learning names for his body parts and common objects in his world.

Emotional Development

  • Learns attitudes and respect by watching her parents.
  • Imitates household tasks and self-care tasks. Pulls off socks and unties shoelaces. Cooperates with dressing.
  • Becomes bored with toys. Enjoys playing games with people. Can be encouraged to play independently near you.
  • Develops preference for certain books. Can turn pages in a book.
  • Struggles to learn a new task. (Encourage her to persevere and solve the problem on her own. She will master skills only with much repetition over time.)
  • Begins to discern between "good" and "naughty" behavior.
  • Calls attention to good behavior, seeks approval and repeats action for additional praise. Tries to avoid disapproval.
  • May be quiet for a long period of time. This may mean she is into something, such as playing in the toilet. (Warning: She needs to be watched constantly!

To learn more about your baby's growth and development, read the following:

- Your Baby at 10 Months
- Your Baby at 12 Months

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