Happy birthday to your little one! Don’t worry, he will always be your “baby,” but his 1st birthday is a development — a milestone that transforms him into a toddler and offers all the delights of toddlerhood. This guide shows the milestone of a 12-month-old baby with ideas on how you can support your child’s development.
Motor or physical development
Your one year-old should:
• Sit without help.
• Start taking a step alone.
• Start standing alone.
• Language and communication development
• Use signs like waving or shaking their head
• Say “dada” and “mama.”
• Responds to easy requests like nodding his when asked a simple question
• Try to utter some words
Emotional and social development
• Prefer some people than others
• Copies gestures, sounds or actions
• Extend his leg or arm to help with dressing.
• Feel uncomfortable around strangers and happy around familiar people.
• Love playing games such as “pat-a-cake” and “peek-a-boo.”
Your one-year-old should:
• Bang objects together.
• Place things in and out of boxes
• Point at the right picture when you name it
• Start using common objects the right way, such as drinking from a cup and more.
• Explores things by banging or throwing.
• Poke you with his index finger
At 12 months old, your baby should receive the following immunizations:
1st dose – Measles, mumps, rubella, and Varicella
2nd dose – Hepatitis A immunization
3rd dose – Hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenza type b, and inactivated poliovirus
The ideal way to help your 1-year old improve verbal skills is to speak to him consistently. For example, while dressing your baby, say something about the color of the fabric and name any area you touch. Name objects around the house such as dolls, cups, towels, car, toys, and so much more. Labeling objects will help him learn the names and actions of the objects.
When to worry
Although babies grow at different rates, you speak with your doctor if your baby doesn’t meet specific milestones.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises talking to your pediatrician if your child:
• Doesn’t interact with you
• Can’t walk
• Doesn’t imitate others
• Doesn’t learn new words
• Doesn’t mind if you leave or when a caregiver returns
Your new toddler may want to help you as you feed them or want to wash his own hands. Yes, he’ll want to engage in the things you do eagerly. So be conscious of what you’re role-modeling since your baby will copy what he sees.