Happy birthday, baby! Your baby is 12-months-old! Learn what your baby can do at this age.
Babies develop at their own pace and each milestone shows a range of skills typically seen in children's development. Your 12-month-old may not meet every milestone listed here and still be progressing normally. Since each child is unique, your baby’s growth might be different from what's included here. Your 12-month-old might develop more quickly in some areas than in others. At the same time, if you have any concerns about your baby’s growth and development talk to your baby's health care provider or call 1-866-693-GROW to talk to a professional and find out ways in which you can get connected to various resources in Minnesota.
Motor or physical development - Means how young children move their bodies and hands.
Your baby moves his body in one or more of these ways:
Sits well without support.
Crawls on hands and knees.
Walks holding onto furniture.
Begins to walk by self.
Puts objects in and out of containers.
Tries to imitate scribbling.
Your child’s health and safety.
Although each child’s development and their nutritional requirements are unique, typically, by the first birthday babies are ready to wean off formula and start having cow's milk. If you're breastfeeding, you can continue or you may decide to stop now. Make sure that you check with your child’s doctor before making any decision. If you have already introduced a sippy cup to your baby, make sure to provide enough opportunities to help him work on it.
Provide lots of opportunities for him to crawl and run around to practice developing his large muscle skills. Provide plenty of opportunities for him to play outdoors at the park, the sand box, etc.
If you have any concerns about your child's growth and development, please talk to your child's health care provider or call 1-866-693-GROW (4769) to talk to a professional and find out ways in which you can get connected to various resources in Minnesota.