Baby's 12th month

Your baby’s 48th week

Your daring little one is about to become increasingly independent. He’s now able to stand without holding on and, if he’s extremely adventurous, he may attempt to take his first unassisted steps. Expect his feet to be spread apart. This wide stance will help increase his ability to balance. You may notice that his feet are primarily flat and that his toes point in a bit as he steps. This is quite normal at this age. Chances are, he’ll be quite unsteady on his feet at first and will stumble and fall frequently.

Think safety! Take a moment to double-check gate latches, cushion guards on furniture edges and other safety precautions you’ve taken throughout your home and yard. Remember to note the date of his first steps in your baby book. Then sit back and marvel at how quickly those shaky fist steps turn into confident strides and energetic jumps!

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