Baby Development: Your One Year Old


Your 12 month old baby

Your baby will probably be able to…






Move – crawling, rolling, shuffling, coasting on furniture

Bounce to music

Throw toys


Be better at picking things up



Cognitive Development


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


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


Developmental Leaps

Each leap brings changes in behaviour, awareness, mood and sleep and your baby may seem unsettled and clingy


41-47 weeks – learning about sequences and putting things together,
more active play, observing and imitating the people around him, greater movement.


Margot Sunderland

Carolyn Meggitt

Sue Gerhardt

Vanderijt & Plooij


By Janine Rudin, Birth & Baby

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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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