Baby by Month

Month 12

My 12-month-old baby: engage your 12-month-old baby’s growing brain

You and your baby have been together for one year, and she is developing a personality all her own. And she is developing quickly. She will soon experience the physical changes of becoming a toddler, so it is time to plan and prepare for her growing needs.

Be prepared for a busy month as your baby reaches new developmental milestones. If they aren’t quite walking yet, this won’t be too far off. Some babies try and fail for months and others just seem to get up on their two legs and run from the moment they can stand. Lots of babies revert back to crawling when they’re in unfamiliar surroundings or they feel uncertain.

Make some time this month to celebrate your baby’s birthday and share the joy with family and friends. At 1 year of age, it’s not your baby who will appreciate all the fuss but it is nice to acknowledge such a momentous occasion. Aim to time the gathering for after your baby has woken from a sleep and is likely to be more social. This is a day when you can relax their routine a little and just go with the flow. Take lots of photos and movies and ensure you and all the family are included. If you can, get a photo of all the generations of family present as the opportunity for doing this in life can be very limited.

Your baby will develop at her own pace, which is completely normal. Here is a list of 12-month-old milestones your baby likely will be able to achieve, or will achieve soon:

Take one to two naps daily
Triple birth weight and is 29 to 32 inches long
Bang two cubes together
Put objects into containers and then takes them out
Voluntarily let objects go
Shake head “no”
Have fun opening and closing cabinet doors
Crawl well
Walk with adult help
Say “ma-ma” and “da-da”
“Dance” to music
Show interest in books and may identify some things
Understand some simple commands
Share toys but wants them back
Form attachment to an item
Push away what he doesn’t want
Prefer to push, pull and dump items
Pull off socks
Understand use of certain objects
Test parental responses to behaviour
Extend arm or leg when getting dressed
Identify self in mirror