Congratulations, you have a one-year-old! This is an exciting time for both you and your baby as they continue to grow and hit new milestones. It’s important to note that every baby develops at their own pace, so don’t worry if your little one hasn’t reached a certain milestone yet. However, knowing what to expect can help you better understand and support your child’s development. In this article, we’ll discuss the typical one-year-old baby development milestones and provide tips for parents to encourage healthy growth.
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By the time your baby reaches one year old, they should have already achieved many physical milestones such as rolling over, sitting up, and crawling. Now, they’re likely walking or trying to walk on their own. They may also be able to:
Stand up without support
Climb stairs with assistance
Throw a ball
Drink from a sippy cup or straw
To encourage physical development, make sure your baby has plenty of opportunities to move and explore. Provide safe spaces for them to practice walking and climbing, and offer toys that promote gross motor skills such as balls, push toys, or ride-on toys.
At one year old, your baby is starting to understand cause and effect and may be beginning to solve simple problems. They may:
Begin to follow simple instructions like “come here”
To encourage cognitive development, talk to your baby often and name objects as you go about your day. Play simple games that encourage exploration and problem-solving, like hiding a toy under a blanket and encouraging your baby to find it.
Your one-year-old is likely starting to say their first words and may be able to understand simple phrases. They may:
Say “mama” or “dada” and a few other words
Understand simple requests like “give me the ball”
Enjoy listening to you read books and point to pictures
To encourage language development, talk to your baby often and use simple, repetitive phrases. Read books together and point to pictures as you name them. Encourage your baby to try new words by repeating simple words and phrases often.
Social and Emotional Development
At one year old, your baby is beginning to develop their sense of self and may show a range of emotions. They may:
Start to show affection like hugging or kissing
Begin to understand and respond to emotions like happiness or frustration
Begin to develop a sense of independence and may resist help with some tasks
To encourage social and emotional development, provide plenty of opportunities for your baby to interact with other children and adults. Play together and encourage your baby to share toys and take turns. Respond to your baby’s emotions with understanding and support.
At one year old, your baby is growing and changing every day. By understanding typical one-year-old baby development milestones, you can better support your child’s growth and development. Remember that every baby develops at their own pace, so enjoy the journey and celebrate each milestone along the way!
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.