Baby Development in Months 10 to 12

Infant Development | Baby Development within the First Year

Your baby is between ten and twelve months, and you will be celebrating his or her first birthday before you know it. Children this age usually gain about 13 ounces and grow approximately 1/2 an inch every month.

By now, your baby is probably pulling up on tables and chairs quite a lot. Cruising around furniture will become a regular pastime, and if you look carefully, he or she will probably let go and stand unsupported! Watch for a very surprised look before he plops back down. Some ten to twelve-month-old babies will even take steps holding your hand and may take their first steps alone!

Playtime is extra fun between these months. Balls just may be your baby's favorite toy to play with. At this stage, you can sit in front of your child and actively play ball. Roll the ball to her and she will probably roll it back.

Cheerios might be a favorite in your house since your baby can now pick up small objects with her fingers. If you have older children, make sure they put away small game pieces for safety's sake. Give your child safe finger foods, allowing him to experiment with each texture as he eats. Your child can wash down the food with a spouted cup all by himself.

If you are trying to cook dinner and your little one is under your feet, take out some metal spoons, small pots and cups. Your baby can entertain herself banging objects together while you finish preparing the meal. If your baby gets bored, give her a big piece of paper and some large washable crayons. She just might enjoy scribbling a masterpiece for the refrigerator.

Your baby's speech development is nothing short of amazing. "Dada" and "Mama" are probably used often. There might even be two more easy words your baby can say. Don't be surprised if one of these is "no!"followed with a simple head shake. And the most fun? Start asking your child what a kitty or doggie says - tell him "meow" or "woof" , and one day your son or daughter will surprise you by repeating what you say.

Between ten to twelve months, babies are beginning to recognize familiar objects and may point to them when you ask where they are. Your baby may also put the ball in the box if you first show him how to do it. Put on some music and watch your child begin to bounce and sway.

Does your baby have a lovey yet? It is possible your child has become attached to a particular toy or blankie by now. If so, you might want to buy a second and keep it hidden, just in case the first is accidentally left behind somewhere.

Separation anxiety is common during this stage. Your baby has become very attached to you and may be afraid of you leaving. He or she may also be afraid of strangers. It is common for a child to cry if you say no or cling to you when strangers are approaching. This may continue from a month or two up to a few years, depending on your little one's personality.

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