In this age, it is time for the baby to take his first step without help. There are going to be changed in the dietary systems of your baby as well. By the end of this month, you can introduce more solid foods. You will notice a rapid development in the communication and words vocabulary. Moreover, it is time for your baby’s first birth anniversary. Let us learn more about health and development of 12 months old baby.
In 12 months old baby, you will see a lot of physical changes. As I said, this is the month, when your baby is going to take a few steps by his own. In the beginning, your baby will hesitate to take his initial steps independently, without support.
It is going to be little troublesome for him, however, once he gets used to it, he is going to enjoy it. In the beginning, he is going to walk on the tips, with the soles slightly inside. Because of this, he won’t be able to maintain his balance for too long and won’t take many steps on his own.
In 12 months old baby, you will see an awesome development in terms of grabbing things. By this age, your baby will manage to catch, throw, push and drop the objects or toys. If you ask, he will stretch the toys towards you, but will immediately take them back from you.
In 12 months old baby, you will get many chances of experiencing an incredible improvement in the energy and muscle power. As he is going to be a kid with excessive movement, so you need to be very careful about this every moment.
Like previous month, this month too, you will notice him showing the sign of anxiety at separation from you. Let him do things on his own, and do not jump to help him out. Allow him to explore the things but within your surveillance. As I mentioned in my last article, do not let your baby fall on his buttocks, as this could result in serious injury.
In 12 months old baby, you will see a lot of new changes in his personality. By this month, you will see how he exercise his wishes and reject what he is offered. You are going to hear, “NO” on many occasions.
In this age, the coffee table is going to become his new playground. Show little patience and politeness, when teaching discipline to your baby. Do not expect mannerisms from 12 months old baby because at this age they want to play with food and feel it in their hands.
According to WHO, at the age of 12 months, an average weight of the boy weighs between 7.8- 11.8 kg, while a girl will record slightly less, between 7.1 – 11.3 kg.
According to WHO, a boy of 12 months will measure around 71.3 – 80.2 cm, while the height of girls the same age will be between 69.2 – 78.9 cm.
By the time a kid reaches the age of 12 months, you are going to see a drastic change in his sleeping pattern; he is going to show more resistance to this activity. They think that there are still many things that they have to explore, and they do not want to waste their precious time in sleeping.
As a solution, you need to make him follow a well-established routine before night’s sleep. For a wonderful sleep, you can include a bath or/and read a story because this is going to make him fall asleep.
In my case, I used to give my daughter a bath, make her wear comfortable nightdress like a pajama, and used to tell her a story.
It is very important to maintain consistency in this routine. Whatever activity you undertake, do it without breaking or altering the schedule. However, you can take your partner’s help.
From 12 months old baby, one should not expect a command on vocabulary and pronunciation. No wonder, he is not going to speak hefty words like “mother” and “father” clearly, but he will be uttering a lot of other unintelligible words and bind them in short sentences.
I have seen many parents, who believe that this is the right age for teaching a foreign language. In reality, this is what makes the child sick. Do not hurt his learning process by forcing him to learn a foreign language. Let him start with his mother’s tongue.
For mannerisms, you can start with words like “please” and “thank you”. Undoubtedly, they are not going to understand the meaning of these two words, but constant repetition will make them learn these two very important words very soon.
It is time to teach him to about how to associate words and objects around him. For this, you have to show them the associated objects when you pronounce them.
It is also a good time to introduce some more newer foods that were not allowed until this age due to the immunity or digestive system. However, before introducing any, it is best advised to check with your pediatrician. Only after making sure that child is not suffering from any food allergies.
If you see any signs of food intolerance or allergy, drop that food until pediatrician’s consultation. It is recommended giving up the (feeding) bottle. You can introduce more vegetable purees other than potatoes and carrots like pumpkin, cucumber, beetroot, or cauliflower.
In addition, you can give him crushed fruit like apples, bananas, peaches etc. Do not give fruits like grapes to avoid any choking incidents. Also, do not introduce any spicy food as well.
Be very careful about the limit of salt in the food because excess salt promotes the occurrence of hypertension. At the same time, you need to limit the amount of sugar as well.
Do not offer him food like sugar, honey, jam, candy, jams, cakes in excess because these are going to be a reason for dental caries.
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5Tips for Parents
- Your 12 months old baby is going to copy your action. So, watch your action. As the child is going to learn from you, so you need to set examples of respect and trust.
- Schedule a dental check if you have not done it in the last 6 months.
- If you smoke, do it in the absence of the child. Children are at increased risk of developing respiratory infections, asthma, ear infections, and other long-term problems.
- Try to make a habit of washing your hands before and after each meal. Let him see you and adopt simple hygiene rules throughout the day.
- Fasten the safety gates to the stairs with more than 2 steps.
- Also, do not forget about the required vaccination.
What interesting or unusual things did you notice in your baby, when he was 12 months old baby? We would love to hear!