Baby's first steps are cause for celebration. But the process of learning to walk started months ago as baby was gaining control over his legs and arms. About 25 percent of babies take their first steps by 11 months of age; others wait until 15 or 16 months.
Anything your baby likes to play with is a toy. Look around your home. You probably have lots of safe objects to use as toys.
Does your baby ever tease you on purpose? Has she ever headed straight for a wastebasket, making sure you notice? Does baby reach for your glasses, almost waiting to hear, "no, no"? Your child is testing her emotions and yours. She is experimenting to see just where the limits are.
Is your baby saying any real words yet? A child just learning to talk often uses one word to mean several different things. Real words are words that mean only one thing.