As a new parent, it can be overwhelming to keep track of your baby’s development. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here is a checklist of the typical milestones you can expect from your 10 to 12 months old baby.
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At this stage, your baby is probably crawling and maybe even taking their first steps. They are also likely to be able to pull themselves up to a standing position and walk along furniture. They may be able to pick up small objects using their thumb and forefinger (known as the pincer grasp).
Your baby’s hand-eye coordination is improving, and they may enjoy playing games that involve throwing and catching. They may also start to show an interest in feeding themselves and may be able to hold a spoon or cup.
Your baby’s memory is improving, and they may be able to remember where toys are hidden or how to complete simple tasks. They may also start to understand simple instructions, such as “wave goodbye” or “give me a kiss”.
Your baby’s language skills are developing, and they may be able to say a few words, such as “mama” or “dada”. They may also start to use gestures to communicate, such as pointing or shaking their head for “yes” or “no”.
Social and Emotional Development
Your baby is becoming more social and interactive, and they may enjoy playing with other children. They may also start to show a preference for certain toys or activities and may have a favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
Your baby may experience separation anxiety when you leave the room, and they may start to become more clingy. This is completely normal and a sign that your baby has formed a strong bond with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I encourage my baby’s development?
You can encourage your baby’s development by providing them with a safe and stimulating environment. Give them plenty of opportunities to explore and play, and offer age-appropriate toys and activities.
2. My baby isn’t meeting all of these milestones. Should I be worried?
Every baby develops at their own pace, so it’s important not to compare your baby to others. However, if you are concerned about your baby’s development, speak to your pediatrician.
3. When should my baby start walking?
Most babies take their first steps between 9 and 12 months old, but some may start earlier or later. Remember that every baby is different!
4. How can I help my baby learn language skills?
You can help your baby learn language skills by talking to them frequently and using simple words and phrases. Reading to your baby can also be helpful, as can singing songs and playing games that involve language, such as “peek-a-boo” or “pat-a-cake”.
5. What can I do to help my baby’s social and emotional development?
You can help your baby’s social and emotional development by being responsive and attentive to their needs. Offer plenty of cuddles and affection, and encourage them to interact with other children. Provide a consistent routine and set clear boundaries to help your baby feel secure and safe.
I am a child development specialist with a strong passion for helping parents navigate the exciting and sometimes challenging journey of raising a child. Through my website, I aim to provide parents with practical advice and reliable information on topics such as infant sleep, feeding, cognitive and physical development, and much more. As a mother of two young children myself, I understand the joys and struggles of parenting and am committed to supporting other parents on their journey.