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
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
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
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)
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
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