APPOINTMENTS AND MILESTONES:
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BABY DEVELOPMENT (10 month old):
How your baby's growing: Your baby continues to improve her communication skills this month. She's experimenting with new sounds and stringing syllables together. You can encourage her interest in language by avidly listening and responding to her words and babbling. This give-and-take is crucial: It teaches her about two-way communication and that what she says affects others. Even if your baby doesn't talk much, she can probably communicate her wishes by pointing and grunting. Does your baby find small objects completely engrossing? She may spend fairly long stretches of time picking up and scrutinizing each and every toy she lays her hands on. She can probably also stand alone, stoop, and squat, and may walk while holding your hand but it's more for emotional than physical support. Your baby may begin to assert herself among siblings and engage in parallel play. She may also have chosen a favorite blanket or stuffed animal as a security object.
BABY DEVELOPMENT (11 month old):
How your baby's growing: Ask for a kiss and your little one should understand what you're saying. Babies at this age can follow simple instructions, passing a cup or giving a hug. And in addition to "Mama" and "Dada," your baby is able to babble short, fully inflected sentences that sound like a foreign language. Keep talking to your child, naming and labeling objects and people the more you do, the faster your child's vocabulary will grow. By now, your baby should respond to simple questions for example, "Where is your mouth?" by pointing to the named object.
Get your camera ready! Many babies take their first steps at this age usually on tiptoe with their feet turned outward. You might want to snap a picture of your baby during meals too. Eleven-month-olds can use a spoon all by themselves even if more food gets on the floor than in their mouth at this point.
About now, your baby's play will probably change from working fine motor skills to exercising larger muscles. Your little rascal is likely to think it's fun to push, throw, and knock down everything in sight. Giving toys to others or taking them away is also new in your child's repertoire of talents.