Your Baby at 12 Months

Thinking Skills

  • Figures out different ways to make the same thing happen.
  • Enjoys water play to test sinking or floating of toys.
  • Imitates use of objects as he observes other people use them.
  • Expresses interest in what adults are doing.
  • Enjoys supplying a word for a singing game.
  • Loves to open and close cabinet doors, then empties out cabinet to play with contents, such as plastic food containers.
  • Says one to three words, such as "mama" and "dada."
  • Waves bye-bye.

Emotional Development

  • Gives affection to people and favorite toys.
  • Undresses herself frequently.
  • May resist naps because she is busy exploring, playing, learning.
  • Plays next to -- not with -- another child in parallel play.
  • Experiences stranger anxiety -- the fear of people outside her immediate family -- again, especially outside the home.
  • Distinguishes herself as separate from other people.
  • May begin temper tantrums to express frustration or anger when she can't have her way or choose between two things.
  • Repeats action that makes people laugh. Loves an audience.

To learn more about your baby's growth and development, read the following:

- Your Baby at 10 Months
- Your Baby at 11 Months

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