My 11 month old
Your baby’s senses will have been maturing over the past few months and now they will be able to see objects well, both near and far away. They can focus on fast-moving objects and their hand-eye coordination has developed so they can see a toy and move to pick it up. Their senses of taste and smell are developing too. By now they will have preferences for different foods and will enjoy smelling flowers outside.
If you are breastfeeding, you might find your baby decides to wean, or you might decide yourself it’s time. It’s best to wean slowly, if possible so that your milk gradually decreases. But there’s no need to wean if you don’t want to, even if you are going back to work.
Understanding baby growth charts
A growth chart helps you and your doctor keep track of how your baby is growing.
What can my baby do?
Physically, your 10 month old might be pulling themselves up and using the furniture to move around (this is known as ‘cruising’). Some babies will be able to stand well by themselves by now and may take their first steps, although they will probably still prefer to crawl.
As your baby’s coordination improves, they will start feeding themselves with their fingers at most meals. Some 11 month olds can grip a sip cup and drink from it by themselves, although for some babies this will take a few more months.
Your 11 month old will most likely show interest in picture books. They will also enjoy listening to music and playing with toys that make noise.
While separation anxiety may still be an issue for some 11 month olds, many babies at this age start to feel more comfortable being away from their parents.
Most 11 month olds can feel and show empathy to another person’s distress. They feel most comfortable exploring and playing while you are present and will occasionally seek you out for reassurance.
Their communication skills will develop very fast, and you’ll be hearing lots of sounds that are like words. They will be communicating in other ways, by pointing, nodding, waving and grunting. They will also understand simple instructions and will cooperate when you’re dressing them. Now is the time to start setting boundaries by saying ‘no’ to things that are dangerous.
How can I help my baby develop?
Keep talking to your baby as much as possible. The more you talk to them, the better. Let them know you understand their sounds like ‘dada’ and ‘mama’. You can encourage their imagination by reading and singing to them.
11 month old babies are lots of fun to play with. Take them outside, use blocks and interactive toys, and encourage their creativity with painting — but be prepared for lots of mess.
It’s important to encourage your baby to move and explore. Help them to pull themselves up to standing and to practise walking. You’ll also be amazed at how quickly your baby can move around your home, so make sure it’s a safe environment for them to explore.
Development problem signs
Babies develop at different rates.
Talk to your doctor or maternal child health nurse if:
- they aren’t happy when they see people they love and know well
- they don’t make eye contact
- you or a close carer can’t comfort them
- they haven’t started to move at all or they’re not sitting
- they don’t babble or make other sounds when someone talks to them
Resources and support
Speak to a maternal child health nurse
Call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby to speak to a maternal child health nurse on 1800 882 436 or video call. Available 7am to midnight (AET), 7 days a week.
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Last reviewed: December 2022