Development and Health Care for a 11 Month Old Baby

Your 11 month old baby can by now say one or two syllables like "Mama, Dada." He or she can also roughly understand what Mom is saying. Read picture books out loud to help grow the vocabulary of the 11 month old baby.

Height76.5cm (Boy) 75.6cm (Girl)
Weight9.77kg (Boy) 9.28kg (Girl)
DevelopmentStarts walking. Long-term memory appears.
Nursing intake210-240cc powdered milk x 3 times, breast milk once every 4 hours, three meals of weaning food.

What Your Baby Will Be Like

1. Quick Learners Start Walking

11 month old baby

With some extra effort, most new one-year-olds can manage to take a few steps. When learning how to walk, a cautious child will take longer to start, but will tumble over less. More impatient children may start sooner, but tumble more frequently. A timid 11 month old baby may take a step only to plop their rear-end back down immediately.

Overall physical development, training and practice is critical, so children should try to practice walking often. At this point, most children will be proficient climbers, so take precautions to prevent accidental falls.

2. Fontanel Begins to Seal

When a newborn infant breathes, you can see a spot on the very top of his or her head rising and falling. This is called the fontanel. The fontanel is a crevice between parts of the skull, which gradually narrows until it seals completely. When a baby is born, they have an open fontanel that continues to expand until 4-6 months. At one year, it begins sealing. At 14-18, it disappears under the skull.

3. A More Regular Sleep Schedule

Your baby's daytime and nighttime sleep schedules should become more regular, much to Mom's relief. Some children take a nap in the morning and the afternoon, whereas others might just sleep once during the daytime. Despite their slight differences in sleeping habits, with daytime and nighttime sleeping added up, most children sleep 14-16 hours per day. If your child doesn't sleep or falls asleep late at night, check to see whether or not they are getting too much sleep during the day. Children who get a lot of activity during the day tend to have less trouble sleeping and will sleep longer.

Eating and Drinking

1. Loss of Appetite Is Common

When a child turns one, they may suddenly experience a loss of appetite and start eating less. This is a regular part of their development. Up until now, your child's bodyweight has been increasing continuously. Now, they are entering what could be called the reinforcement stage. That is to say, energy becomes devoted to development, as opposed to physical growth. It would be too hard on a child if they were to undergo dramatic cognitive development and physical growth at the same time. For this reason, physical growth ceases temporarily before the end of cognitive development. Do not try to force-feed your child. Instead, try to get them to eat a little more when they are having fun eating.

2. Discontinue Weaning Foods

Normally, children who are being given weaning foods tend to eat these foods three times per day, having snacks in the morning and afternoon. If your child is nursing 4-5 times per day, they will have trouble finishing all of their weaning foods. In other cases, your child might frown at weaning foods out of preference for nursing. Complying with your child out of sympathy interferes with the weaning process and also affects baby development. At this time, you should be close to discontinuing weaning foods and be trying your best to have your child eat the same foods as adults, and at the same times. However, because no child's stomach has developed fully by this time, there is nothing wrong with letting them eat fruits or radishes as snacks during mealtimes.

Cognitive and Emotional Development

1. Recognizes Family Members

Beyond Mom and Dad, your child should now be able to recognize the faces of familiar people such as Grandma and Grandpa. Owing to the development of long-term memory, your child will still remember someone's face two or three days after seeing them. Children who like to play with others will actively seek out the people they want to see, they may even cry when Dad goes to work, wishing to go with him.

2. The First Signs of Independence

Your child will begin to grow more independent at this time. Although still dependent on Mom, your child may, on occasion, not wish to be held by you. On the contrary, they may want to play on their own, and you should be finding them deeply engrossed in their play more often. Your child will want to feed himself and walk on his own, these are both signs of independence. Additionally, your child will start to understand how to properly express his intentions and wants. He will also become less easily frightened. When your child sees other babies, they will extend a hand and appear to speak to them or move their limbs to indicate they wish to communicate, despite still being unable to play together.

Care Essentials for an 11 Month Old Baby

1. Forming Basic Habits

Right now is an important time for forming eating and sleeping habits. Good ways to help them sleep on their own include telling stories, playing music or singing lullabies at bedtime. Try your best to maintain a pleasant atmosphere during mealtimes and give your child something to eat whenever they are hungry. Children enjoy eating on their own at this time. Even though they will get messy, they should not stop practicing eating independently.

2. Use Toys to Offer Appropriate Stimulation

By the time it is a 12 month old baby, it should already be able to distinguish how different toys like dolls and cars work. Children at this age like toys that make noises or that can be moved around, like airplanes and cars. Whistles and toy phones are effective at fostering linguistic development. When playing with a toy phone, children unconsciously learn to mimic talking to someone; when playing with a whistle, your child concentrates the air in their mouth on their lips and squeezes out little puffs of air. These activities help children with poor pronunciation and speech delays.

3. Put on Clothes that Facilitate Physical Activity and Walking

You should have your child, who is more nimble now, wear clothing that facilitates physical activity. Children who are about one year old tend to sweat during their activities, so be sure to keep them dry by changing underwear often. Children at this age grow quickly, so buy clothes that they can grow into. But remember, sleeves or pant legs that are too long will interfere with movement, so try tucking these parts of their clothes in.

4. Going to the Bathroom Independently

Moms think that learning quickly is a good thing, but every child's natural inclinations and abilities will vary. Each child's development takes on its own course. There is a lot of pressure placed on moms and children to start potty-training early on. However, doing this might be counter-productive, so don't worry about it too much. At this age, urinating and defecating are still reflexive activities and are not influenced by a child's intelligence. A child only starts to control these abilities at anywhere between 18-30 months. It's enough to start by getting your child accustomed to sitting on the toilet!

Q&A – Doubts and Anxieties

Q: My child wants me to hold her as soon as she sees me, she also acts spoiled, what should I do?

A: At one year, children begin acting more spoiled around their mothers. Shameless behaviors are also common. At this age, if nothing is satisfying your child's demands, they will think that they can do anything to get what they want. When a child behaves this way, you should, within reason, use kind words to reprimand them.

Q: What is the best way to pick out picture books?

A: Reading picture books with your child not only stimulate your child's curiosity, they also foster linguistic development. Finely-drawn lines and subtle color contrasts are still hard for your child to understand now, so pick books that use pictures with solid colors, that are realistic and which use natural colors. Your child will like the books even better when they recognize the pictures as things they have seen before. If there is a picture of a dog in a book, point at it with your finger and say, "doggy." This adds another layer of excitement so that your child likes reading picture books even more.

Grey Box: Picking-out Shoes

When your child starts walking, the first thing you need to buy is a pair of shoes. When Mom buys shoes, she will want something that looks nice and that she can show off. When picking shoes for your child, you should consider their development and safety, not how they look or how they are designed. When your child has just started walking, make sure the shoes you pick don't have thick soles, are slip-proof and aren't too heavy. You should also try to buy shoes that won't injure your child's feet when they fall down. The ideal shoes will be ankle-height.

As your child starts to get better at walking and hopping on their own, you should buy shoes that fit the form of the foot well. If the soles of the shoes are too elastic tend to interfere with learning how to walk properly, so try to pick out shoes that have low heels and flat soles that can create friction. When the shoes are on your child's feet, it's best if there is an extra 5-6cm at the tips.

Those are the specifics needed to know about an 11 month old baby.


Editor in Babiology, mother of two, highly passionate about sharing the pregnancy care and post delivery care learning with the readers.

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