Gains approximately one pound/month
Arms and hands are more developed than feet and legs
Reaches with one hand
Explores new objects by poking with one finger
Releases objects or toys by dropping or throwing
Begins pulling self to a standing position
Begins to stand alone using furniture for support; moves around objects by side stepping
Crawls on hands and knees: crawls up and down stairs
Walks with adult support
Shows appropriate use of everyday items: pretends to drink from a cup
Shows awareness of distant objects
Speech and Language Development
Shakes head for “no” and may nod for “yes”
Babbles in sentence-like sequences
Exhibits definite fear of strangers
Understands the meaning of “no”
Often becomes attached to favorite toy or blanket
Check with your child's pediatrician if by Twelve Months your child does NOT:
Blink when fast-moving objects approach the eyes
Begin to cut teeth
Imitate simple sounds
Follow simple verbal requests: come, bye-bye
Pull self to a standing position
Transfer objects from hand to hand
Show anxiety toward strangers
Interact playfully with parents, caregivers, and siblings
Feed self: hold own bottle or cup; pick up and eat finger foods
Creep or crawl on hands and knees
Did you answer yes to one or more of the developmental alerts?
- First and foremost, please contact your child's pediatrician. Your health care provider is your best resource if you have any questions or concerns.
- Secondly, would you like to speak with someone at Special Kids to learn more about how our services may benefit your child? Contact our Family Resources team to learn more.
*Developmental milestone survey adapted from Lynn Marotz and K. Eileen Allen's book Developmental Profiles: Pre-birth through Adolescence.