Milestones at 12 Months

Congratulations! Baby’s first birthday is here! Your baby is talking and may even be walking. The world seems so much bigger now to explore and try things independently.

It’s typical for 12-month-old babies to:

  • Start to point to things and use hand gestures to let you know what is wanted
  • Maybe walk a few steps without support or toddle across the room (it all depends on your baby’s pace of development)
  • Scribble with a crayon or play with finger paint
  • Pays attention when you’re talking and respond to simple requests, such as, 'Give it to me”; maybe even try to imitate some of your words
  • Begin to “test” you by watching your reactions to behavior like crying or dropping things
  • Be shy with strangers and not like it when you leave; and to prefer certain people or toys
  • Be skilled at finger-feeding

Just remember: All babies are different and develop at their own pace. Developmental milestones occur over a range of time because of this.

If your infant hasn’t yet reached some of these milestones, it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.

Talk with your baby’s healthcare provider about any developmental concerns, including if your baby ...

  • Does not crawl, or drags one side of the body while crawling
  • Does not say any words
  • Does not use gestures, such as shaking her head “no” to communicate
  • Does not point at toys, pictures or other objects
See also ...

What your 12-month-old is learning and experiencing

Looking ahead: Movement, coordination and your 1- to 2-year-old

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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