12-Month Milestones

      12-Month Milestones

      Toddlers have their own timetable, so don’t worry if your little one does their own thing at their own pace. Here are some 12-month-old milestones to note in your child.

      12-month milestones for your toddler: Thinking

      • Looks and listens simultaneously
      • Understands how to use many objects (cuddling a stuffed toy, shaking a rattle, putting a cup to their lips)

      • Understands that objects have names

      • Develops object permanence (looks for an object that’s hidden under a blanket knowing it hasn’t disappeared under there)

      • Has increasing attention span (up to 15 minutes)

      • Attracted to novelty (curious about new toys, objects)

      • Explores playthings in multiple ways (touches, bangs, drops)

      • Increasingly displays memory of recent events

      • Follows one-step commands, such as, “Lift your arm”

      12-month milestones for your toddler: Moving

      • Can pick up small objects with fingers (pincer grasp) 
      • Coordination for releasing objects from their grasp improves

      • Points and pokes with index finger

      • Develops self-feeding skills, although messily

      • Drinks from a cup with a spout or an open cup with support

      • May be able to put things into containers

      • Crawls quickly

      • Crawls up stairs

      • Pulls up to a standing position

      • May stand independently for brief periods

      • May cruise along furniture

      • May take first steps or even walk

      12-month milestones for your toddler: Communicating

      • Uses gestures to communicate
      • Shakes head or frowns to express “no”; may respond to “no”

      • Holds out arms to be picked up

      • Recognizes and responds to many words

      • Responds to simple questions and one-step commands

      • Babbles in long groups of consonant-vowel sounds, like “tata upupup ba ba ba!”

      • Uses the cadence and verbal inflections of real conversation

      • May use “Mama” and “Dada” to refer specifically to parents

      • May say other early words

      12-month milestones for your toddler: Understanding

      • Mimics expressions and sounds made by others
      • Imitates actions of others

      • Interested in watching older children

      • Interested in being around other babies, but doesn’t play with them yet

      • Watches for your reactions in various situations (to banging, laughing, etc.)

      • Shows stranger anxiety (shy around strangers)

      • Shows separation anxiety (cries or exhibits distress when you leave the room)

      • Increased affection with family

      • Waves goodbye

      And those are the 12-month-old milestones for your toddler. Find out what exciting milestones are in store for year 2. Happy birthday, little one!  

      I soon realized that every baby is not cookie-cutter and cannot be exactly the same as someone else's baby. To each their own! – Enfamil® mom