BABY AND TODDLER - 12 MONTHS

Social/Emotional

  • Cries when mom or dad leaves
  • Has favourite things and people
  • Repeats sounds or actions to get attention
  • Plays games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake”
     

Language/Communication

  • Responds to simple requests
  • Uses simple gestures, such as shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”
  • Says “mama” and ‘dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!”
  • Tries to repeat words
  • Follows simple commands “pick up the toy”
     

Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem solving)

  • Explores objects in different ways – shakes, bangs, throws
  • Starts to use objects correctly – drinks from a cup, brushes hair
  • Copies gestures
     

Movement/Physical Development

  • Fine motor
    • Pokes with index finger
    • Holds crayon with whole hand and makes marks
    • Builds a tower of 2-3 cubes after demonstration
    • Releases objects into a container
  • Gross motor
    • Able to get into a sitting position without help
    • Pulls to stand
    • Cruises around the furniture
    • May stand alone
    • May take a few steps on own
       

Ask for help if your child:

  • Does not crawl
  • Cannot stand when supported
  • Does not point to things
  • Does not say single words like “mama’ or ‘dada”
  • Loses skills he once had

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