Brittlynn turned 11 months old on November 6th! Here is everything she's up to when compared with What to Expect the First Year (about to be packing that junk away and pulling down the Toddler Years book here soon!!!)
At 11 months old Brittlynn can do everything a baby her age should be able to do including:
- get into sitting position from stomach
- pick up an object with any part of thumb and finger
- understand "no" but not always obey it
She can also do everything an 11 month old will probably be able to do including:
- play patty-cake (clap hands) or wave bye-bye
- walk holding onto furniture, cruise
- point or gesture to something to get needs met
Brittlynn can do almost everything a baby her age may possibly be able to do including:
- pick up a tiny object neatly with tips of thumb and forefinger
- stand alone momentarily
- say one word other than "mama" or "dada"
The only thing she can't yet do from this category is to say "mama" or "dada" discriminatly
This month Brittlynn can several things that 11 month old babies may even be able to do including:
- indicate wants in ways other than crying
- "play ball" (roll a ball back to you)
- drink from a cup independently
- use immature jargoning (gibberish baby talk)
- respond to a one-step command without gestures
The things she cannot yet do in this category include:
- stand alone well
- say three or more words other than "mama" and "dada"
- walk well
This chapter talked about how to wean from a bottle...it talks about how many kids still take bottles at two and three years old??? I have never seen a kid that old with a bottle? I guess I don't understand why people wouldn't transition to a cup??? It has lots of tips to help with the transition if this issue applies to you...but it IS recommended to have babies weaned from the bottle completely by their 1st birthday.
I do like how the chapter covered the whole "parental nudity" thing. Basically it said it's totally fine to be naked around your kids until you start to feel uncomfortable although it did say that around the age of three or four the opposite sex parent may want to be more covered up. I personally don't want to start dealing with covering up for awhile if I don't have to. I like that I can nurse Britt in front of Kye. He's NEVER asked any questions really about any of it. I figure as long as I keep it simple, don't make a big issue about it, that I can keep it going for awhile. Hopefully I can get away with nursing the next baby in front of him? I dunno if it'll work for the 4th one...but we'll just see how it goes. I never bathe with my kids or stay naked in front of them for longer than the time it takes me to change and it's never been uncomfortable or awkward. At least not yet! We'll cross that bridge when we get there I guess!!!
One section I did find helpful was about encouraging your baby to talk. I don't feel like I give Brittlynn as many opportunities to develop her language skills like I did Kye. With Kye, it was JUST the two of us so OF COURSE I could take the time to explain everything to him and wait to give him the chance to "talk" etc. With Britt...I feel like she doesn't get as much of that kind of quality time and she has a big brother who is super quick to jump in and answer things for her. If I try to get her to talk he's always saying "Mommy...Britt can't talk yet. She can only say dada" My son thinks I'm an idiot haha. Pretty much every tip they give in the book to help encourage talking takes time and special effort. It is a good motivator for ME to make sure I take the time to help her speak. I do feel like she's slower in that area because she is the second born!
You can look back at Brittlynn's 10 Month post HERE and Kye's 11 month one HERE! I wish I could go back in time just for like a day so I could cuddle and love on that baby Kye. It's funny to me how the mind works because I legit already can't really remember him at this age. No matter how many pictures I take, videos I record, or blog posts I write...I can't REALLY relive these precious days with my children. It makes me sad!!! I am thankful I get to be at home with them and savor each day!!!