Baby's 12th month

Your baby’s 49th week

Playing with your little one is becoming increasingly interactive. Entertaining games such as patty-cake may long have been favorites. Now, she’ll take great joy in participating fully in these games and even initiating them. She’ll enjoy clapping her hands and will continue to learn about social interaction as she plays.

Allow her to play often with kids near her age. Invite another parent/child team to your house for a short play session or accompany her to a friend’s house. While she may enjoy being with her friend, expect that although they may sit side by side, each child will continue to play by herself. This “ parallel play” is normal behavior for a young toddler. They will discover the joys of playing together in the coming months.

She’ll probably become upset and possessive if another child takes interest in her toy and attempts to take it away for a time. Early lessons in sharing might begin now, but expect it will take quite some time to master this skill. For the time being, she may respond better if you simply distract her with a different, perhaps more attractive toy.

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