Baby’s Development Milestones: 11 - 12 Months

Baby’s Development Milestones: 11 - 12 Months

Eleven Months

1. Motor Development

Make your child stand on a firm surface. while supporting her body. Leave her alone. She may be able to stand on her own for a few moments. Some children develop this skill after their first birthday.

She can now also turn the leaves of a book with thick pages. Holding on to furniture, she can now walk sideways. When given a crayon and paper, she tries to scribble on the paper, especially if she is shown how to do so by someone else.


2. Perception and Social Response

If you laugh at some action of hers, she will repeat that act again for you; she is obviously pleased with your appreciation. She now covers her own face with any cloth in the peek-a-boo game. She purposely drops things down and expects you to pick them up.

Before she completes one year, your child will indicate that she want to eat by herself. She will make a serious effort to do so, and end up making quite a mess in the process.

You may be tempted to help her. She may resist you, but after some time, she may give up and start depending on you to help her eat. You will probably not realise that by doing this, you are sowing the seeds of dependency in her.

At this stage she can also drinks from an ordinary glass or a cup. Some children learn this skill even earlier.




3. Speech

The child may use some jargon at this age, but she is less likely to use words with meaning on her own. She may imitate you or may say 'mum'' when she sees after being brought in a glass.


Twelve Months

1. Motor Development

The child may now be able to stand without support, through she might have done this even before her first birthday. Quite a few children only stand without support between 11 to 13 months. Some children may even be able to take a few steps at this age, but most will do so after that.


2. Perception and Social Response

Your child's hand and eye coordination is now much better. She can now finger feed herself. If you take a bottle and drop a few objects into it, she can copy this action well. She responds to 'No' and may also shake her head for 'No'. She now enjoys playing simple games like 'catching cook' with you. While being dressed, she may straighten her arm or leg to help you. She now feels shy in the presence of strangers and may cry when you leave home.




3. Speech

The child can now imitate words like 'dada' or 'mama' spoken by you. She may be able to say 1 or 2 words with meaning. She may then say 'mama' while looking at you. 

It must be noted at this point that some normal children may not say a single word with meaning even at the age of 2 year. In such a case, we ask 2 questions:

  • Can the child hear normally?
  • Does she understand and answer simple question in different ways? For example, when asked where the fan is, does she pint her finger towards it?

If the answer to both these questions is in the affirmative, I assure the mother that her child will start speaking in a couple of months. In a lighter vein, I often add: 'Thank God there is peace at the moment. Later, she will speak so much that you will get fed up.'


Source: Book - Guide to Child Care by Dr R K Anand

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