Your eleven month old baby has come along a long way during her journey from infancy to almost a year old age now. Just one month past, she will be termed as a year old. Indeed the progress shown by her through all these months has been simply breathtaking and enjoyable. You have had your share of sleepless nights and tiresome days, yet of course nothing stands tall enough as against the absolute joy you have experienced while taking care of your little one and watching her grow.
Now that she is an eleven months old, she reflects substantial independence in terms of both physical and cognitive developments. Inviting all the more attention and vigilance, your little one now is able to stand solo, stoop and squat. She may be already walking by holding your fingers tightly. Dressing her up is no more a noisy affair as she has developed an understanding of the need of dressing up. She may generally cooperate while dressing up by holding out her arm or leg in accordance. She may also show distinct interest in holding cup or spoon herself, in a bid to feed herself by herself. She may even hand-feed her food by now. She likes to drop objects in her hand so as to enjoy as you pick them up.
Becoming more skilled day by day, you can improve her liking for books by buying her colorful and bright books that she can turn overleaf again and again. Of course you cannot expect her to turn pages one by one as of now, but letting her explore the books at her own pace and in her own manner would let her like it better. She will as usual set certain books as more likeable than others. You will know about her favorite books as she will come back to them again and again.
A wholesome person in the making, she is already assertive of her preferences and priorities among her siblings. She likes to play by herself rather than with another child at this juncture. The parallel play comes naturally to her. By now, she may even have a pet blanked or stuffed animal toy, as a security object.
In all probability, your baby understands the simple instructions you give to her, but she purposely ignores your instruction as you prohibit her to do a certain thing. Your No should therefore be reserved for truly dangerous activities that she may try to engage in out of curiosity. What seems like an act of defiance is actually her innate and natural desire to explore. The desire is explore is so strong that she tends to overlook your instructions and forget what you said about it yesterday. So the need to protect and teach her is by all means a responsibility that would invite persistence and carefulness. Besides her own protection, you also need to set limits for her that must not be violated for her own good, like eating more than two toffees may be strictly forbidden for the day.
Starting from now on, you may teach her between right, wrong and feasible or otherwise. Say when she pulls tail of your dog, you should assertively say No. That will hurt dog.
By eleventh month, your bundle of joy also becomes a bundle of words and word like sounds, in all probability. She is now able to use her vocabulary meaningfully. The frontal lobes of her brain are developing gradually, which help her achieving better cognitive abilities. Your baby must be persistently encouraged to engage in a two-way communication process, wherein you consistently engage in listening to her words and non-sense utterances with interest and comprehension, as if. You can also play games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake with your baby so as to refine her memory span.
She may be able to imitate sounds, modulations and actions, by now. She can also follow simple directions and help you in her tiny ways. Advisable is to help learn her instructions more easily by sub dividing the directions into simpler ones. Try speaking to her like, Pick up the spoon, and the probability is that she would look for the spoon and stoop down to pick it up.