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Your Baby At 11 Months

How exciting it is that your baby’s first birthday is fast approaching! It’s normal if you feel many different emotions. Enjoy this moment because you’ve earned it. Here are the developmental milestones to expect in his last month of babyhood.

Growth
One significant development changes that occur as he reaches toddlerhood is weight loss. Your baby will begin to lean out. Walking burns calories, and his cute little rolls will transform into muscles to strengthen your baby’s laps around the house.

While your baby is approaching toddlerhood, his baby teeth will still be erupting in the upcoming months. During this period, your baby’s lateral and central incisors will begin to erupt on both the lower and upper gums. Give him some teething toys to ease the pain.

Milestones
Here are key mental and physical developments you can watch for this month:

Body
At this age, your baby can:
• Crawl
• Get up unassisted
• Take steps
• Reach for items he wants
• Imitate words
• Say words like “Dada” and “Mama.”
• Roll sideways
• Stack play objects like bowls and cups

Brain
At this age, your baby will:
• Develops specific preferences for textures and tastes
• Show inquisitiveness and learns how things work
• Display personality traits
• Know one-word phrases
• Enjoy dancing
• Love music
• Imitates animal sounds

Food
At this age, your baby’s diet should include many fresh foods like
• Yogurt
• Vegetables
• Fruit
• Grains
• Protein sources
But avoid choking risks like popcorn, nuts, and whole grapes. Your baby can take water with meals, but don’t give him juice unless your pediatrician recommends it.

Sleep

At 11-month-old, your baby should be sleeping well at night. Also, he may be transitioning out of the usual morning and afternoon nap to a long afternoon nap. Remember, your baby may begin to fight it, but he still needs his afternoon nap.

Safety

11-month-old babies are always full of energy, active, and set to explore their environment. They tend to climb, especially when they want something that they can’t reach. So make sure your baby proofs against your baby’s new climbing abilities.

If your baby isn’t capable of sitting up on his own, doesn’t communicate with you, or hasn’t attempted crawling, you should speak to your baby’s doctor.

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