These are some of my favorite things about the 10 and 11 month old. For me, every stage just gets more and more fun. I love the interactive nature of older babies.
- Love the Family: During this age range, the baby starts to really kind of take note of everyone in the family and how they fit in. She shows special affinity for people other than mom, which for mom can be really nice for little breaks here and there. During this time, McKenna loved to follow her siblings around and just be in the same room with them.
- Fine Motor Skills: Who doesn't love the cuteness of a baby's wave? That look of satisfaction. Those tiny fingers opening and closing. Lots of fine motor skills are continually added. Some come into great control so far as self-feeding goes during this age range.
- Two Nap Days: Pretty much all babies are down to two naps by now. This really opens life up for the family! Evenings are free to run errands, go to the park, and visit family without worrying about working in baby's nap somewhere.
- Distractable: Most babies are quite distractable during this age. Little mini-fits creep up when baby doesn't get her way, but most can be easily distracted with a different option, like a toy or book. Not all are this way, as I learned with McKenna, but most are. This distractability doesn't last forever, so enjoy it while it does :)
- Gross Motor Skills: Gross motor skills also improve during this time period. Some who weren't crawling can become quite proficient. Others start cruising or even walking.
- Interactive With Siblings: Like I said, McKenna loved to follow her siblings around during this age (she still does). This is a range when the child really starts to become interactive with siblings. This of course lasts clear through until perhaps teenage years :). It is so fun to watch your children really enjoy each other as they make each other laugh and play with toys together. If your child is the only child, don't take this to mean your child will now play with other children. Most won't. McKenna is far more interactive with other children than babies six months older than she who are only children. That is the nature of the oldest child. But if the child has siblings, she will start to love to play and interact with them. Peek-a-boo is a fun game. And if your baby happens to make a sibling laugh out loud, it will make her life.
- Mimic: Babies this age mimic like crazy. They try to mimic your facial expressions. It is fun to raise your eyebrows and lower them and watch your baby figure out how to do that. Your baby will also mimic your speech and try to say things you say. If you haven't already, be careful about what you say and do around your child. She is learning faster than you realize. I am not one who curses at all, nor does my husband. But I say things like "dang it." It doesn't sound so bad coming from an adult mouth, but when it comes out of the little 20 month old mouth, it sounds awful! So be mindful of all you say and do.
- Personality Shines Through: Every day that personality creeps out more and more. This is so fun to watch. You will laugh and laugh throughout each day.
- Smart: You will watch your babies intelligence emerge. An obvious sign of this is boundary pushing. I know it isn't fun, but it is a sign that your child is learning and able to figure things out. If your baby isn't boundary pushing yet, don't suddenly become concerned that she isn't smart. And also don't gloat to yourself about what a fantastic parent you are. All children push boundaries. It will happen. And some do it later than others.
- Still A Baby: Your baby is doing many things that show how much she is growing up, but in the end, she is still a baby right now, and she only has a couple of months that way. Cherish these baby moments while you can.
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