A personality all his own.
Your baby’s development is taking off as he starts to reveal his budding personality. He’s about to start the physical changes of becoming a toddler, so it’s time to prepare the next growth spurt.
How time flies when you’re turning one.
You’ve both come so far during the past 12 months. Your baby will continue to develop at his own pace, which is completely normal. Around this time is when your baby will be able to:
- Take his first solo steps
- Say two words other than “mama” and “dada”
- Speak in “baby-talk” sentences
- Imitate your actions
- Drink from a cup without help
The power of hugs, and other ways to engage your 12-month-old's mind
This month, help him continue to develop by:
- Hugging and cuddling him often
- Soothing and calming him when he's fussy
- Smiling and talking to him as much as possible
- Rocking and loving him
Playing games such as "pat-a-cake"
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New activities to try:
- Sit baby at or near the table during family meals
- Show him how to pull a pull toy. (To prevent choking, keep toys with long strings put away when you can't watch your baby play)
- "Read" a picture book with him and identifying what you see on each page
- Help keep your baby’s brain developing with play in both social settings and your one-on-one time with him.
- Introduce him to brief play dates to practice playing in groups. There won’t be much interactive playing yet, but he’ll get used to the playing environment.
Safety first – graduating to the next level of precautions
If you haven't already, now is a good time to make sure you've taken all the baby safety measures you can.
- Check that all approved safety gates are in place and in working order
- Lower the crib mattress so your baby can’t crawl or fall out while he's standing
- Install childproof locks for drawers, screens, doors, and windows
- Keep poisonous substances (including household cleaners) in high, locked cabinets
- Stay close to your baby around water - pools, tubs, large buckets of water, and toilets
- Continue to buckle your baby into an approved, properly installed car seat, but never in a seat protected by an air bag
- Place safety plugs over electrical outlets
- Call the Poison Control Center, the hospital emergency room, or your baby's doctor if you think your baby has ingested anything poisonous (Keep these numbers by the phone)
- Prevent choking hazards by buying your baby objects that are large enough that he can't fit them into his mouth
Tips for weaning baby off his bottle
Around 12 months of age, many babies are happy to abandon the bottle for a sippy cup. If your baby can't quite take that step yet,
Here are some things to try:
- Take it slow and trade the bottle for the cup at noontime
- Offer the cup instead of the morning and evening bottles
- Don't let your baby carry the bottle around with him, instead limit the places he can have it (on your lap, at the table)
- Give him a snack before bedtime to help him get to sleep
- Spend time with his favorite stuffed toy before bedtime, instead of the bottle
There may be some tears the first few nights but with your help your baby will soon find something he loves more than his bottle.