Newborn Development: Month 11
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A baby’s ability to speak develops as they grow. Get tips on how to promote their verbal skills by watching this video on Newborn Development - Month 11.
Transcript: Your little chatterbox has more to say than ever, although it's unlikely that it will make an iota of...
Your little chatterbox has more to say than ever, although it's unlikely that it will make an iota of sense to you! As your baby's brain continues to develop, so does the ability to speak and understand language, which is why your baby is gabbing up a storm. To encourage your infant's interest in language, resist the urge to use baby talk. If your baby asks for a "ba," correct him by saying "bottle." "Introduce colors and numbers by telling your baby he is wearing "two blue socks," or is wearing one red tee-shirt with three monkeys on it. Teach your baby that language is a two way street by "conversing" with her. Be an avid listener to hier gibberish, and then respond as if you understand. Give simple instructions, like "Pick up the cup," and see if your child responds. Many eleven-month-olds will! Also try offering your baby very simple choices, like whether she'd like Cheerios or cheese. Make sure she can see both options as you pose the question. During this crucial stage of language development, it's a good idea to begin phasing out your little one's binky, or pacifier. It can be hard to separate your infant from this security sucking object, but if your baby keeps it in his or her mouth all the time, it can hinder language development according to recent research. In other big news this month, your infant may take those first real steps towards independence! To encourage baby steps, kneel in front of your child with hands out, or hold your little one's hands and walk your baby slowly toward you. Most infants will take their first solo steps by the end of their first year, but if yours does not, don't panic. Some perfectly normal children don't walk independently until their 16th or 17th month, and that's OK, too!More »
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