Caring for Baby

Baby Talk

Baby Talk

At this stage, baby understands many more words than she can say, and she’s working on imitating the words and sounds she hears. Baby may be able to say “mama” and/or “dada.” Other common first words: hi, bye, dog, ball and car.

Babies grow and develop at their own pace, and you should ask your child’s doctor if you have questions or concerns.

11 Month Milestones

Look what I can do …

  • Respond to my name
  • Say “mama” or “dada” to the right parent
  • Understand the word “no”
  • Use gestures to show you what I want
  • Stand for a few seconds on my own
  • Take steps with support (or possibly on my own!)

How You Can Help

  1. Ask 20 questions. Your baby can identify lots of people and things, just ask him! “Where’s mommy?” “Where’s the dog?” “Where’s your nose?” “Where’s daddy’s car?”
  2. Get moving with push toys. If baby is starting to take steps with support, she may enjoy walking behind push toys like a mini shopping cart. She may also push a large plastic bin or empty cardboard box across the floor.
  3. Say “no” and redirect. When baby gets into mischief, a brief “no” helps him understand which behaviors aren’t allowed. Redirect his behavior (show him something else to do). Praise and reward good behavior.
  4. Splish splash in the bath. Show your baby toys that squirt, squeak or blow bubbles at bath time. Use funnels, containers, squeeze bottles and bath toys. He may try to imitate the actions you do — waving toys in the air, squeezing them or putting a toy on his head! (Note: Never leave baby unattended in the bath, not even for one second.)

Record Baby’s Firsts

If you have a journal or baby book for your child’s first year, take a few moments to record special dates and new skills. Take notes at your child’s next checkup and ask questions about what to expect in the next few months.