Parenting Tips for Your 12 Month Old Child
How I Grow
- I may walk, but I still prefer to crawl. It’s faster!
- I may also try to do other things while I’m walking, such as wave to you or pick up my favorite blanket.
- I stand by pushing up from a squatting position.
- I climb up and down stairs, if I have a chance.
- I may even be able to climb out of a playpen or crib.
- I hold things with one hand while I’m doing something else with the other hand.
- I insist on feeding myself.
- I use my hands to remove lids from jars.
- I use my index finger to point to things.
How I Understand
- I remember more because my memory is getting sharper.
- I hunt for a toy and, even if I don’t find it right away, I can remember where I saw it last.
- I keep trying to do something and may even solve the problem through trial and error.
- I follow simple directions and understand most things you say to me.
- I have favorites among people and toys.
How I Feel
- I feel great that I have a personality all my own.
- I’m developing a sense of humor and think a lot of things are funny.
- I still don’t like being separated from you and am relieved when you return.
- I feel secure and happy eating meals with my family.
- I feel and show love and affection to my favorite people and things.
How I Respond
- I trust people I know well.
- I imitate people, even if they are not around.
- I’m still afraid of strangers and unfamiliar places.
- I am very definite about my likes and dislikes.
How I Talk
- I repeat words I know. It’s good practice.
- I babble away in phrases that sound like sentences.
- I make up my own words to describe objects or people.
- I may not talk as much once I walk well.
- I use one word to express a whole thought.
For more information on your baby's development, check out developmental milestones at the American Academy of Pediatrics Web site http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/stages.cfm or the Centers for Disease Contol at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/actearly/.