Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The 12th Month

What your little one may be doing now:

By the twelfth month your baby should be able to walk by holding to furniture, use gestures to show needs.

Many babies will be able to pick up tiny objects neatly with tip of the thumb and finger, be able to clap or wave bye, drink from a cup independently, stand alone for a few seconds or minute, say one or two words other than’ mamma’ ‘papa’.

Some babies will be able to stand alone well, play with a ball and even roll it back, speak in baby language that may sound like gibberish, walk well.

A few, but not all, babies will be able to say three or more words other than’ mamma’ ‘papa’, respond to a command without a gesture.


It is important to note here that not all babies will reach these milestones at the exact same age. One baby might learn something at one month of age, another might learn the same at three months of age. This does in no way imply a lack of intelligence or development on the part of your little one.

Remember, each baby is special in its own way and need their own time to adjust to situations and to learn new things. Do not panic if your baby is not doing what your friend's same-age baby is doing already. Keep an eye on your child and note their daily movements. Sometimes, these activities will be so short in their time span that you may have a chance of not noticing at all, unless you keep paying constant attention. However, if there is constant and marked delay in all of baby's responses, do consult baby's doctor about the same and discuss anything that is on your mind.

Let your baby get all your love and attention. The complete care and love of parents goes a long way in baby's development.

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