- Cruising, crawling, changing positions will also come easily to her.
- She may also be walking a few steps without support.
- At 12 months children are able to stand for longer time without support.
- Her better coordination will help her lift her arms up to get dressed, sit on see-saws, and go down baby slides.
- Swinging will be a favourite activity.
- She will be able to pick up small things using thumb and index finger.
- During reading, she will manage to flip pages of books.
- At 12 months children are acutely aware of what they want and how.
- Pretend play is going to be a favourite activity.
- She will bring a book to you if she wants to be read to.
- Banging, opening apart, throwing, shaking—are her ways of exploring.
- She will be able to identify things with their correct names; for eg: car
- You will be delighted with her imitations: talking on the phone, combing etc.
- Her memory will help her with the correct usage of things, drinking with a cup, brushing hair.
- Her little index finger will be used more and more for pointing and poking.
- Permanency of objects is well understood as is cause and effect.
- She will also be able to play back and forth games like throw ball.
Emotional And Social
- At one year of age your child will start becoming shy of strangers.
- Separation anxiety will need to be tackled gently.
- She will be clingy both towards people and toys.
- She will also learn and display the emotion of fear.
- At 12 months, the child is quite an attention-seeker and will make sounds or do actions over and over again.
- She will be testing your limits by not following instructions sometimes, so take charge.
Language and Communication
- Her understanding of language is far enough to help her follow requests.
- She will also be able to follow instructions and gestures—pick up the toys.
- At 12 months, children have learnt to change the tonality of the voice to complete a sentence.
- She will also try and imitate the words you speak out to her.
- You can now transition from breastmilk or formula to cow’s milk.
- Full fat milk is good for her brain development.
- Add eggs, honey, citrus fruits, nuts to her diet but check for allergies.
- She will be able to have 3 main meals and 2-3 snacks.
What we can do to boost her development
- Give her newer stimuli: parks, museums, malls, playareas
- Baby-proof your house.
- Talk and read to her often.
- Point out things when off for a drive: trees, truck, car, dog etc.
- Try and feed her a meal as you would cook at home (keeping in mind choking though).
- Match meal times with family.
- Invest in picture books.
- Play ball together.
- Buy large wheel toys that she can push and pull to aid walking.
- Sing songs and dance together.
- She will be fascinated by TV or ipad, but keep it away.