Children grow and develop at different rates, but developmental milestones can offer important clues about your child’s growth. See what milestones your child has reached by the age of 12 months and speak with your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.

By the age of 12 months, most babies will:

Communication

  • Use gestures such as waving goodbye
  • Change their tone when making sounds
  • Attempt to repeat words
  • Respond to very simple requests

Social

  • Play simple games such as “Peek-a-Boo”
  • Cry when their parents leave
  • Make sounds or movements to get attention
  • Develop an attachment for favorite objects or people
  • Show signs of fear in certain situations

Cognitive

  • Point with their index finger
  • Shake, bang, or throw objects
  • Drink from a cup or brush hair
  • Find hidden things with ease
  • Follow simple directions

Movement and Physical Development

  • Walk while holding on to furniture
  • Be able to stand alone or walk a few steps without help

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