12 Months

Developmental Milestones 

  • Pulls to stand up. 
  • Crawls rapidly. 
  • Seats self on floor. 
  • Holds onto furniture or walks alone unsteadily. 
  • Explores new objects by banging them together. 
  • May be able to drink from a cup. 
  • Waves goodbye. 
  • Feeds self. 
  • Plays social games such as pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo. 
  • Has vocabulary of one to three words in addition to “mama” and “dada.” 
  • Shows understanding of a few simple words. 

Parenting Tips 

  • Notice and encourage good behavior. 
  • Discipline should be gentle and consistent to be effective. 
  • Encourage play with age-appropriate toys. 
  • Read books often to your child. 
  • Get out from time to time without children, making sure to leave a qualified babysitter in charge. You get a break, and your child learns that sometimes you go away, but you always come back. 

References

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