12 Month Baby Developmental Milestones

What we are going to talk about in 12 month baby milestones

In this post, we will discuss the movement milestones, hand and finger skills milestones, language milestones and the cognitive and social and emotional milestones in the 12 month old child.

Before we do, however, I’d like to invite all the babies, daddies and mommies to sing along with the Happy Birthday song

Movement Milestones

The baby is now able to get into a sitting Gets to sitting position without assistance.
Baby can now crawl forward on belly by pulling with arms and pushing with legs
Baby can assume a hands-and-knees position
Creeps on hands and knees supporting trunk on hands and knees
Gets from sitting to crawling or prone (lying on stomach) position
Pulls self up to stand
Walks holding on to furniture
Stands momentarily without support
May walk two or three steps without support

Milestones In Hand and Finger Skills

Uses pincer grasp
Bangs two cubes together
Puts objects into container
Takes objects out of container
Lets objects go voluntarily
Pokes with index finger
Tries to imitate scribbling

Language Milestones

Pays increasing attention to speech
Responds to simple verbal requests
Responds to “no”
Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head for “no”
Babbles with inflection
Says “dada” and “mama”
Uses exclamations, such as “oh-oh!”
Tries to imitate words

Cognitive Milestones

Explores objects in many different ways (shaking, banging, throwing, dropping)
Finds hidden objects easily
Looks at correct picture when the image is named
Imitates gestures
Begins to use objects correctly (drinking from cup, brushing hair, dialing phone, listening to receiver)

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Social and Emotional Milestones

Shy or anxious with strangers
Cries when mother or father leaves
Enjoys imitating people in play
Shows specific preferences for certain people and toys
Tests parental responses to his actions during feedings (What do you do when he refuses a food?)
Tests parental responses to his behavior (What do you do if he cries after you leave the room?)
May be fearful in some situations
Prefers mother and/or regular caregiver over all others
Repeats sounds or gestures for attention
Finger-feeds himself
Extends arm or leg to help when being dressed

Developmental Health Watch

Each baby develops in his own manner, so it’s impossible to tell exactly when the baby will perfect a given skill. Therefore parents should not become concerned if the baby develops slightly differently.

The Nurse or Doctor should be informed if the baby:

Does not crawl
Drags one side of body while crawling (for over one month)
Cannot stand when supported
Does not search for objects that are hidden while he watches
Says no single words (“mama” or “dada”)
Does not learn to use gestures, such as waving or shaking head
Does not point to objects or pictures

Source: healthychildren.org

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