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Developmental Milestones for Your 12-Month Old

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Remember that every child develops at a different pace.  So, not every child will be able to perform all of the following skills.  However, if your child or a child that you know is lacking in a great number of these developmental milestones, please contact your Regional Service Coordinator to arrange a free evaluation.

By 12 Months Old I Can:
  • Stand alone holding on to furniture
  • Use furniture to pull self to standing position
  • "Cruise" around holding on
  • Take beginning steps towards walking alone
  • Say a few meaningful words
  • Point to a few objects when asked to find
  • Dance or bounce to music
  • Respond to my very own name
  • Want my parents or care-givers to always be where I can see them
  • Show fear or anxiety of people I don't know
  • Walk or crawl smoothly across shadows or areas that look different

To Help Me Develop and Keep Me Healthy, My Family Can:

  • Be consistent with my schedule for sleeping and feeding
  • Help me learn what I shouldn't do by saying "No" in a firm but quiet voice
  • Show me what I can do; move me away or give me something else to touch
  • Let me carry a special toy or blanket to feel secure
  • Let me play and move around in a variety of safe places, inside and outside
  • Play with me, sing to me, read to me, talk to me
  • Feed me three meals a day and several healthy snacks between
  • Help me use a cup to drink milk and water
  • Let me try to feed myself; I'll be messy
  • Keep me in your sight at all times
  • Continue to use a car seat (in the back seat) approved for my size
  • Brush my teeth daily with a soft toothbrush and water
  • Take me to my first dental visit
  • Make sure my eyes are clear, not watery or red
  • Re-baby-proof the house for me walking and climbing



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