Child Development, 12 months

Your Developing Baby: 12 Months

  • Able to sit up from lying down
  • Pulls up to standing position at furniture and lowers back down safely to floor
  • Walks while holding on to furniture or wall
  • Grasps a pencil and may scribble
  • Shows interest in pictures
  • Points at interesting objects or activities with pointer finger
  • Laughs and tries to make sounds like you
  • Imitates actions of another child while playing
  • Gives an adult a toy when asked
  • Turns pages of a book, several at a time
  • Beginning to hold out arm or foot to help with dressing
  • May try to brush own hair, drink from a cup, wash face

There are many ways you can help your child’s development.

Play is a learning experience for children. Play is a universal and vital process for the healthy development of every child. Play is the child’s work and allows him/her to explore the world in which he/she lives and grows.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to your public health nurse or family doctor.

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Last updated: 2020-07-31