Your Baby at 12 Months

Here are growth and development patterns of a child at 12 months. Each step listed represents an average of a time span of 6 to sometimes 12 weeks that is considered within the normal range for that behavior. Don't be concerned if your child is not doing something listed here. Each baby develops at her own pace.

Body Movement

  • Loves to stand and resists sitting down.
  • Is very mobile; uses a combination of crawling, cruising along furniture and walls or walking. Can walk holding your hand.
  • May take first independent steps. Independent walking may start from 11 to 14 months. Will fall often while learning to walk.
  • May push up from squatting stance to stand independently.
  • Can sit down on a small child-size chair easily.
  • Likes to climb inside or under things to see how he fits.

Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Explores objects by rolling, spinning and pushing them. Is fascinated by motion and prefers toys that move.
  • Uses another object to obtain a toy out of reach.
  • Reaches for an object while looking away from it.
  • Likes to pound pegs with a hammer and play with blocks.
  • Can hold two objects, one in each hand, then place one in her mouth or under her arm to allow her to hold a third object with her free hand.
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