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Your baby is ready to take on new challenges.

Make the most of their milestones:

Playtime is all about movement now! From scooping up new toys to starting to stand (eep!), it probably feels like everything is moving a lot quicker for you and your adventurous baby. So we put together a guide to playing with your soon-to-be-toddler and encouraging them at every new milestone.

You baby's attention span is lengthening, which means she can play more interesting games and learn new songs. She may have even started pulling herself up to stand— which means walking is not far off, mama!

Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby's eleventh month.

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Thinking

Your baby enjoys exploring objects and trying new things with toys.

  • Try This: Give her balls and different cups or buckets to put them in.

Engaging

Your baby has a longer attention span.

  • Try This: Read longer books or play “real" games like Pat-A-Cake or “guess which hand has the toy."

Communicating

She can engage in a “conversation" with you.

  • Try This: Hold up your end of the conversation, even if you don't know what she's saying.

Moving

She has better body control, transitioning to pulling up to stand more frequently. You may even have a little climber on your hand by this age.

  • Try This: Clear the floor of any dangerous or small objects so she can explore safely and be mindful of furniture she may be able to scale.



Your postpartum life:

Take advantage of your baby's longer attention span and stronger interest in games to give yourself a few more hands-free moments a day. Set up stations in your living room (blocks in one, balls to roll in another, etc.) and use the time to accomplish tasks around the room. A playmat like the Journey of Discovery 5-in-1 Playmat is a great solution, especially in its “ball pit" mode.

Your baby is on a fast-track to officially becoming a toddler, so try to enjoy these roly-poly days as long as they last!



Discover all the activities and milestones for the first year with your curious baby here.

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Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child's development should be shared with his or her doctor.

Sources: healthychildren.org and WebMD

Baby's first birthday is right around the corner—how did that happen? It's understandable if you are feeling all the emotions right now. This is a major milestone for both of you, so while you're planning a celebration for your little one, you should also take this moment to applaud your accomplishments during this past year.

One year ago, you were probably daydreaming about these moments… and possibly slightly nervous about how you would manage. Look at you now, mama! But take a deep breath, because life is about to get even more exciting as your sweet little baby enters toddlerhood!

Here are a few of our favorite items for babies and mamas at the 11-month mark:

To cheer on first steps: Bright Starts rolling monkey

Bright Starts

It takes a lot of strength to get those little legs walking for the first time! Keep your baby encouraged as they gain stability with a new toy to chase down.

$12.89

For mess-free snacking: Munchkin snack catcher

Munchkin Snack Catcher

As your baby begins to work on supervised self-feeding, you'll start to find crumbs everywhere. That's why training snack cups are so brilliant: They prevent them from dumping all those snacks at once.

$4.95

For the first cake-cutting: Creative Converting first birthday party hat

birthday hat

Get your camera ready for that first birthday! Sure, the party hat may only stay on your toddler's head for a few minutes, but the pictures will be around to cherish for a lifetime.

$9.79

For those fine motor skills: Lamaze sorting toy

Lamaze toy

The fine motor development your baby is working on today will help with everything from playing instruments to writing with pencils and so much more later in life. Believe it or not, a simple sorting toy will help boost these foundational skills.

$9.99

For breastfeeding support: Honest Mama nip balm

Honest nip balm

If you are on a breastfeeding journey with your growing babe, you two probably are in a pretty good rhythm—but your tatas still deserve some TLC.

$14.99

For simple beauty touch-ups: Honest Beauty magic balm

Honest Beauty

It can still feel hard to find a spare moment for yourself throughout the day, but it also feels good to keep up with a beauty routine that is heavy on the self-care element. Enter: An incredible multi-purpose balm that can hydrate your lips, soothe cracked skin, tame flyaways and more.

$12.99

For whatever life throws at you: All In Motion anorak jacket

All in Motion

Motherhood is all about multitasking, and your clothing should be able to take you from one activity to the next. Thankfully, the amazingly stylish activewear on the market right now means you can feel good about a wardrobe stable that is able to multitask, too.

$40

For baby’s first cake: KitchenAid hand mixer

Kitchen Aid

If you've been pinning ideas for that first birthday cake since you gave birth, make those dreams a reality with an upgraded mixer you can use throughout the years. Not much of a baker? Visit Target Bakery for a free smash cake with the purchase of a specialty cake!

$49.99

For chasing that active baby: C9 Champion women’s knit sneakers

Champion Sneakers

You might be surprised by how quickly your toddling baby turns into a running baby. So lace up those shoes, mama!

$34.99

For your favorite photos: Project 62 wire clip collage

Project 62

How many pictures have you taken in the past year? We're betting it's a pretty high number, and at least a few of those deserve to be displayed in your home. Make it easy to swap them out with a frame that allows you to display multiple pictures at once.

$20

This article was sponsored by Target. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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