All babies have their own timetable, but you can watch for certain developments in your 11-month-old. Celebrate with your baby as she reaches or nears these milestones.

Cognitive11th month baby milestone

  • Understands how to use many objects (cuddling a stuffed toy, shaking a rattle, putting a cup to her lips)
  • Understands that objects have names
  • Understands object permanence well (looking for an object that’s hidden because she knows it’s there)
  • Has an expanding attention span, from two to three minutes at 8 months to 15 minutes at 12 months
  • Is attracted to novelty (new toys, objects)
  • Explores playthings in new ways (touching, banging, dropping)
  • Increasingly displays memory of recent events


  • Has good accuracy in picking up objects with fingers (pincer grasp)
  • Getting better at releasing objects from grasp
  • Points and pokes with index finger
  • Feeds self, though messily
  • May be able to put things into containers
  • Crawls quickly
  • Pulls up to a standing position
  • Stands with support (holding onto your fingers or furniture)
  • May stand alone briefly
  • May cruise along furniture


  • Gestures to communicate
  • Shakes head or frowns to express “no;” responds when told “no” 
  • May hold out arms to be picked up
  • May recognize own name
  • Recognizes many familiar words
  • Understands many things said to her
  • Babbles in long groups of consonant-vowel sounds, like “tata upupup ba ba ba!”
  • Babbles using the cadence and inflections of real conversation
  • May use “Ma ma” and “Da da” to refer specifically to parents
  • May say other early words, though probably not with good pronunciation (“ba ba” for bottle, “mik” for milk)


  • Accurately mimics the expressions and some sounds made by others
  • Imitates actions of adults and other children
  • Enjoys watching older children
  • Enjoys being around other babies but doesn’t yet play with them
  • Watches for your reactions (to banging, laughing)
  • Shows stranger anxiety (shyness around strangers)
  • Shows separation anxiety (crying or exhibiting distress when you leave the room), which peaks between 10 months and 18 months
  • Interacts more with family
  • Waves good-bye