Baby's 12th month

Your baby’s 50th week

Simple toys are often the best for entertaining your baby at this stage. He’ll likely take great joy in seeing how much noise he can make by banging a wooden spoon on your pots and pans. When the noise level climbs too high, try offering more stacking and nesting toys or containers he can carefully fill, dump and refill. His interest in these types of toys will continue for some time.

As he becomes more mobile, his curiosity will be peaked by new areas to explore. Compartments, drawers and cabinets will become favorite places to search now. He’ll entertain himself by opening any door or drawer within his reach, pulling the contents out onto the floor and, if you’re lucky, trying to put them back in again.

Take precautions to safeguard him from harm by placing household chemicals in the upper cabinets and installing a safety latch for added security. (Soon, he’ll be climbing toward the sky and once out-of-reach cabinets will become easily accessible.) Remember to install latches on any cabinet or drawer with sharp or easily breakable objects. Consider emptying one drawer or cabinet and leaving it unlocked. He’ll delight in using it as a hiding place for his toys and will most likely be entertained for increasingly longer periods of time. You may discover that he’ll stay safely within eyesight as you attempt to fix a snack or clean a few dishes.

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