Week Forty Five
After a lifetime of watching you go about your daily chores, your baby will now love nothing more than getting in on the action to 'help' you. With her quickly developing fine and gross motor skills, she won't be easy to discourage. At eleven months, your baby is naturally sociable and will want to be interacting with those around her at all times. If that means helping mum hang out the washing, then that's what she'll want to do. The big challenge is to find ways she can be involved that are both safe and make her feel valued. Offer her a peg or two to hold, or a dust cloth that she can follow you around with; it will be plenty to keep her happy.
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Learning to problem-solve
Now that your baby has developed an understanding of object permanence, he can now begin to tackle basic problem-solving. Many toys aimed at this age group present simple spatial problems - how do you fit the small box inside the big box? - will teach your baby how to assess and then tackle a problem. These types of toys take immense concentration to master and you'll be surprised and impressed by how he applies himself to the task. Try to resist showing him how to do the activity before he's first had a go himself - although, if he's becoming frustrated, guide his hands through the motions so he can learn how to do it himself next time.
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With a couple of teeth in her mouth, your baby may quickly learn that she has a great game up her sleeve - biting. And from your reaction when she bites you, she'll probably think that you think it's a great game too! Whether it's an experimental or 'fun' bite, this is something you really want to discourage. If, and when, you get that first bite (it often comes unexpectedly during a breastfeed when you feel a chomp on your nipple) try to resist reacting strongly - a yelp and a jump looks like great fun - instead, say 'no' in a firm voice. High-pitched voices tend to communicate excitement, so the key to success is to keep your voice low and even.
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz