Independence is a trait that your child will display upon turning 11 months old. He’ll like standing alone, will enjoy learning to walk (although still stumbling), crawling up and down staircases, and feeding himself.
He’ll develop a preference for moving objects and will try to hold more than two objects at a time. Music and water become objects of fascination and enjoyment as well as opening and emptying cabinets and drawers.
Cruisin’ together During this stage, your tot just loves being able to stand up and attempt to walk. An-Marie Bartolome-Villarin, managing director of the Terrific Tots Preschool Program at The Little Gym in Taguig City, and mother to Santi, suggests furniture cruising, which helps him practice walking while having something to hold on to for balance and support.
“He can learn how to gain the confidence of letting go and then holding on again,” explains Villarin. “So I do an obstacle course. He’d climb on the pillow or crawl over me to get to the other side.”
Be creative and experimental when it comes to activities that not only boost your child’s development but let you join in the fun, while interacting with him and strengthening your bond.
Tossin’ and throwin’ At this time, your child will enjoy the feeling of repetitively being able to control objects and play around with their movements.
Villarin shares such an activity her son does that practices these skills. “He’d throw the blocks far so that he can go get them. And then he’d throw them again,” she narrates.
This enhances his gross motor skills (locomotion or moving from one place to another) as well as his fine motor skills (holding, grasping, and hand-eye coordination).
Don’t be bothered if your child doesn’t catch on immediately to how a toy should be played with. “I think that we should be mindful of what babies are ready for developmentally,” says Villarin. “Like if at this age, they are only able to do a certain set of skills, then stick to those skills. If you see that the baby is ready for the next level, then try.”
Villarin emphasizes the need for patience. “If they don’t take to something, don’t push,” she says. “Because if you make them do something that they’re not ready for yet, they’ll just get frustrated, they won’t want to try and their self-confidence will go down. Check developmentally what they can and cannot do and use that as your guide.”