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GUIDE TO YOUR BABY'S DEVELOPMENT

10 to 11 Months

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bike"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."

"If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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10 - 11 MONTHS

   -   Holds loosely to cruise furniture with a high and deliberate sidestep motion. May forget to hold on.
   -   May be able to push up from floor with hands to stand momentarily.
   -   Bends halfway over to look through legs for an upside down view of the world.
   -   Climbs down backward without falling now.
   -   Tries to “escape” from diaper changes.
   -   Opens cabinets, drawers and may enjoy emptying them all over the floor.
   -   May indicate readiness for finger foods by trying to take the spoon from you or pointing at food.
   -   May try to carry spoon to mouth. Turns spoon upside down to place in mouth causing food to fall off spoon.
   -   Pats, pokes, pinches and rolls objects to explore.
   -   Enjoys putting small objects in and out of larger container repeatedly.
   -   Follows simple instructions after being demonstrated to.
   -   Imitates telephone conversations. May hold toy phone or object to “ear”.
   -   May be starting to learn names of body parts.
   -   Begins to discern between “good” and “naughty behavior.
   -   Loves being read to. May help turn pages. May “read” by himself.
   -   Learns attitudes and respect by watching parents.
   -   Pulls off socks and unties shoes.
   -   Becomes bored with toys. Enjoys playing with people much more.
   -   Masters skills with repetition over time. Can pretend to be helpless.
   -   Seeks approval for good behavior. May show signs of guilt when given disapproval.
   -   Watch him constantly. A long period of quite usually means the baby is “into something”, like the toilet.
   -   May utter first “real” word.
   -   Begins to test limits.

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