Baby Development 12 months

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baby developmentYour 12 month old baby

Baby Development 12 months: your baby will probably be able to…

Physical Development

  • Move – crawling, rolling, shuffling, coasting on furniture
  • Bounce to music
  • Throw toys
  • Point
  • Be better at picking things up


Cognitive Development

  • Can better understand a routine – know what is coming next in a sequence
  • Imitate actions and noises after they have happened
  • Be aware of someone else being upset or happy


Language and Communication

  • Say some simple words
  • Follow simple instructions
  • Say more expressive babble
  • Know how to use her voice


Emotional and Social Development

  • Enjoy and respond to songs and actions
  • Will want to be close to a familiar adult
  • Have likes and dislikes
  • Enjoy games
  • Imitate other people

Baby Development 12 months: Developmental Leaps

Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy and in need of more reassurance.

41-47 weeks – your baby could now be learning about sequences and putting things together. He could be involved in more active play, as well as observing and imitating the people around him. He may also be capable of greater movement now.


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Janine Smith | a specialist in pregnancy, birth and early parenting


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As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.

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