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The First Year: 11 Month Milestones (page 2)

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Updated on Jun 18, 2012

Loves to Read. If you're hoping to raise a reader, now's the time to kick it into high gear with your efforts. An 11-month-old is old enough to not only identify items in a book, but also follow a simple story line. Your baby loves the time with you and the stimulation that comes from turning those pages.

  • Head to the library to check out toddler-appropriate board books. They're practically indestructible and the different colors, textures, and pictures can capture your little one's attention, especially if you've exhausted your home collection.
  • Read together every day for at least 10 minutes and skip TV watching; it's discouraged for children under the age of two by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Educator and learning specialist Anne Giles suggests making your own books. "Toddlers love books that feature themselves, their family, pets, and places with which they are familiar," she notes. "You can foster a love of reading in toddlers by making books for them using photos of family members, pets, and familiar places labeled with words or short phrases"

Learns Good Manners. Your baby's new-found communication skills, like imitation and simple phrasing, means he's able to start improving his manners too. Manners and simple words like "please" and "thank-you" are easy for babies to learn because there's a clear benefit to saying either one.

  • Make a point to say "please" and "thank you" to your baby. He'll learn from your example and pick up on the fact that he can use manners to indicate what he wants. Even if his versions don't sound completely like the actual word, he's learning how to behave.
  • If you do baby sign language, make sure you offer the sign with the words. Even if your baby's vocabulary doesn't include polite words, he can offer the sign for "please," a circular motion on the chest, or "thank you," by touching his mouth with his hand and then moving his hand outward.

Your little one is rapidly approaching toddlerhood, so soak up these last few months of having a baby at home. Keeping a journal, taking pictures, and recording video all make for nostalgic nights as you look back at all that your baby (and you!) have accomplished in the past year.

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