Physical Development: 1 Year Old

In the first year of life, children grow at an astounding rate -- many tripling their birth weights. During the next 12 months, your child will continue to put on inches as well as pounds, but not as quickly as before. In fact, she will probably only gain 3 to 5 pounds during the entire second year. Likewise, her head circumference will increase by only about an inch.

At twelve months your child probably still has all the characteristics of a baby -- a large, round face; short, pudgy arms and legs; and that trademark potbelly. As she becomes more active, this will change. Her newfound mobility will help develop muscle and trim away baby fat. Meanwhile, her arms and legs will gradually lengthen, her face will grow more angular and you'll begin to see definition at the jawline.

When your toddler first learns to walk, it will be with slow unsteady steps -- and yes, some bumps and bruises along the way. But, by the end of this year, your toddler will not only be walking, but also running, jumping and climbing.

Although first steps tend to be one of the most anticipated developmental milestones, walking isn't the only physical feat your child will learn to master in the months to come. During the next 12 months you child will also learn to:

-- Eat with a fork and spoon
-- Drink from a cup (without always spilling the contents)
-- Kick a ball
-- Stand on her tiptoes
-- Build a tower of up to six blocks, and then smash them down
-- Sort shapes in a shape sorter
-- Scribble with a pen or crayon
-- Turn pages and knobs
-- Scoop up a ball while it's still in motion

Development Tracker
-- Emotional Development
-- Physical Development
-- Language Skills
-- Skill-Building Activities

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