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. Here’s a look at what a baby typically does at 12 months:
Social / Emotional Milestones
- Plays games with you, like pat-a-cake
Language / Communication Milestones
- Waves “bye-bye”
- Calls a parent “mama” or “dada” or another special name
- Understands “no” (pauses briefly or stops when you say it)
Cognitive Milestones (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
- Puts something in a container, like a block in a cup
- Looks for things he or she sees you hide, such as a toy under a blanket
Movement / Physical Milestones
- Pulls up to stand
- Walks, holding on to furniture
- Drinks from a cup without a lid, as you hold it
- Picks things up between thumb and pointer finger, like small bits of food
Concerned About Your Child’s Development?
All babies are different and develop at their own pace. If your infant has not yet reached some of these milestones, it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong.
Still, you know your child best. And developmental delays or disorders are most successfully treated when caught early.
If you have concerns, don’t wait.
Talk with the healthcare provider if you think your child...
- Is not meeting milestones for his or her age
- Has lost skills he or she once had, or is not doing something you’d expect him or her to be doing
Or if you have concerns about...
- How your child plays, learns, speaks, acts or moves
- Other things your child does
SOURCE: These developmental milestones, established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics, provide a general idea of what most children (75% or more) do at this age.
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