What a personality! Your 11-month-old baby’s character may have started to shine through, and now you’re probably seeing whether they tend to be more laid-back or whether they’ve got some spunk. But don’t assume too much! Baby is still developing and figuring out their likes and dislikes. They’re busy learning, observing (and testing!) and figuring out how to react to things they encounter. And really, baby has probably displayed a variety of temperaments—such as shyness and independence—at different points in their development, not to mention on any given day! Give it some time, and your child’s personality will continue to evolve.
You’re one month shy of baby’s big birthday, and what an adventure it’s been! With nearly a year of parenting under your belt, you might be surprised by the constant concerns and questions you face (it’s natural to worry). So what should an 11-month-old baby’s sleep routine look like, is there a typical eating schedule to follow and are there daily activities to plan for?
We’re here to help you navigate life with an 11-month baby. Read on for the full lowdown.
Your 11-month-old isn’t getting longer anymore—they’re getting taller! As baby stand themselves up more and more, they’re beginning to see the world from an upright position, which makes it way more interesting. And that will make baby even more excited about exploring it that way. Look out world!
11-month-old baby weight and height
How much should an 11-month-old weigh and measure? Average weight for an 11-month-old baby is 19.2 pounds for girls and 20.8 pounds for boys. Average height is 28.7 inches for girls and 29.3 inches for boys.
Baby is probably growing about a half inch taller each month and putting on three to five ounces per week, but as they become more mobile and active, their rate of growth might begin to slow down a bit. So you might find your 11-month-old baby is not gaining weight as quickly as they used to.
If you’re concerned about your child’s rate of growth, have a chat with the pediatrician. Babies may experience growth spurts at different times compared to other babies, so everything might be just fine. But it’s always a good idea to get your kiddo checked out just in case.
11-month-old’s five senses
Baby can see pretty clearly, making out faces from about 20 feet away. Baby can easily watch objects as they move. Baby’s listening closely—and now it’s integrated with their sense of sight. In other words, baby’s looking and listening at the same time, learning much more about what’s going on around them. Baby’s fingers seem to be drawn to trouble—they want to poke, prod and rip things! Here’s where some baby-safe finger paints or old magazines can come in handy.
11-month-old baby milestones
When it comes to 11-month baby milestones, you’re probably asking yourself, what should my 11-month-old be doing? Remember, each baby is on their own journey, so try not to worry if they’re not keeping up with other baby’s in your parenting group. That said, most 11-month-olds are standing, cruising, scooting and exploring everything!
• Crawling. Baby is probably getting better and better at crawling. That’ll be their main mode of transportation—until the light bulb moment (maybe a few months from now) when they realize that walking is faster! Don’t fret if they’re not crawling yet; just consult your pediatrician. Also, keep in mind that some babies skip this step altogether and go straight to walking on two feet.
• Cruising. Baby may begin to hold on to furniture as they walk around the room. Some especially daring babies may also let go. (Read: Standing!)
• Standing. Baby may stand without support or while holding your hands. Next step: Walking.
• Walking. While many babies won’t start walking until around 13 months or so, it’s not entirely uncommon for babies to start walking as early as 11 months, so keep a watchful eye on your little mover and shaker. You could have a walker on your hands soon.
• Pointing. Baby can recognize objects and point to them when you ask them where they are.
• Talking. You’ve likely heard your 11-month-old baby start saying words like “Mama” and “Dada.” So what else should an 11-month-old be saying? Don’t overthink it; more words are likely on the way. By the time they’re one year old, many babies have one to three words under their belts.
Here are some frequent health questions parents of 11-month-olds have. Click through for answers and lots of helpful information.
• My 11-month-old has diarrhea. What should I do?
• My 11-month-old is constipated. What should I do?
• My 11-month-old is coughing. What should I do?
• My 11-month-old is vomiting. What should I do?
• My 11-month-old has a fever. What should I do?
Baby gets breast milk or formula three to five times a day, and has three meals of solid foods, plus one to three snacks.
What can baby eat this month?
Baby is still on formula or breast milk during month 11 and is really a full-fledged solids eater.
How much formula for an 11-month-old is typical? About six to eight ounces about three to five times per day should do the trick.
How often should my baby breastfeed? Baby is nursing about three to five times per day at 11 months old. Some moms think they need to stop nursing around the one-year mark but know that the benefits of breast milk extend into the toddler years. Many women continue breastfeeding their babies past the first birthday and are glad they did it. It’s a personal decision, so do what feels right for you and baby.
Can you start introducing cow's milk at 11 months? Doctors recommend waiting it out another month before giving baby cow’s milk. Once your baby is officially one, their digestive system should be mature enough to handle regular cow’s milk. Stick to whole milk from age one to age 2, mixing it into baby’s regular formula or breast milk in slowly increasing amounts.
11-month-old feeding schedule
This is what a feeding schedule for an 11-month-old baby might look like:
Your 11-month-old baby still likely sleeps about 13 to 14 hours total per day. About 10 to 11 of those hours are at night, and they’re probably taking two naps totaling about three hours of daytime sleep.
Why is my 11-month-old not sleeping like they used to?
For an 11-month-old, sleep regression is not out of the question. Baby is super active now! And they may want to suddenly be super active at night too. If baby isn’t sick, it probably is just a regression that could last a couple of weeks. Make every effort to get baby back on track by giving them a soothing bedtime routine and putting baby to bed at their usual bedtime. Earlier is almost always better!
How to sleep-train an 11-month-old?
If baby is waking at night, and you’re ready to take some steps to get them sleeping longer stretches, sleep-training may be the answer. Here’s the scoop on how to sleep-train a baby.
11-month-old sleep schedule
This is what a sleep schedule for an 11-month-old baby might look like:
Your curious and playful 11-month-old baby now has a really active day! Many babies’ schedules look pretty different, but a typical 11-month-old’s daily routine might go something like this:
Eleven-month-olds will keep you on your toes all day. Settle down for some quiet activities that’ll keep them engaged and entertained. Here are some ideas:
• Play games. If you’re looking for things to do with an 11-month-old baby, play peekaboo with different variations. For example, put a small blanket over baby’s head and then take it away; hide behind a door; put a blanket over your head, and let baby take it off.
• Music. Listen to music together and sing! This is a great way to help foster baby’s language development.
• Tactile toys. Offer playthings that encourage baby to practice their eye-hand coordination, fine motor and cognitive skills, such as activity centers and sensory toys.
• Schedule baby’s 12-month checkup, if you haven’t already.
• Keep playing and singing songs with baby.
• Take baby’s 11-month-old baby milestone photo.
• Want to help baby learn how to walk? Push toys can help offer some stability and give them more confidence on their own two feet. (Note that a walking toy is not the same as a walker that baby is placed into; the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against the latter.)
• If you’re still breastfeeding and considering weaning baby, don’t stress too much about this decision; look how far you made it! Each mom and baby is different, so take it slow and do what feels right.
The days are long but the years are short. It somehow feels like baby was born just yesterday (and also forever ago). Enjoy all the 11-month baby milestones in the coming days and weeks, and get ready to ring in one whole year together!