Milestones (10-12 months)

No two babies are identical. They all grow in their own unique way. So if your baby doesn’t achieve his developmental milestones at exactly the same time as similar aged babies, there is no need to panic.

Your baby may sit weeks after his peers, but go on to be one of the first to crawl. He may have very few words at 18 months old and then suddenly burst forth with perfectly formed phrases when he turns two. 

“All milestones are important but most are very variable. Since babies are so unique, parents should not become alarmed by slight delays in milestones. One of the first important milestones to look out for is smiling at 6 weeks. It’s important that babies give their parents social smiles at around this time. If your baby is not smiling by 10 weeks, chat to your paediatrician.”Meg Faure, well-known occupational therapist, public speaker, parenting author and mother

Towards the end of the first year, your baby will start to actively explore his surroundings, creating plenty of opportunities for fun and excitement. Enjoy the ride as you watch him grow and learn new skills almost every day.

Here are some of the most significant developmental milestones you should watch out for at ten to twelve months:

Month 10

Most babies should be able to:

  • Respond to their name and look in the direction you are pointing.
  • Roll around to get to a new toy.
  • Move into a crawling position.

Some babies may be able to:

  • Say mama and dada to the right parents.
  • Indicate what they want with gestures other than crying.
  • Stand while holding onto furniture.

Month 11

Most babies should be able to:

  • Say mama and dada to the right parents.
  • Clap their hands and play pat-a-cake.
  • Walk while holding onto furniture.

Some babies may be able to:

  • Stand alone momentarily.
  • Say one word other than mama or dada.
  • Put toys or objects into a container.

Month 12

Most babies should be able to:

  • Babble different word-like sounds and say one word other than mama or dada.
  • Indicate what they want with gestures other than crying.
  • Pull off their socks.

Some babies may be able to:

  • Take a few steps.
  • Stand well and walk with help.
  • Understand simple instructions.
  • Shake their head to indicate no.

Guide 10-12 months

Of course this is only a general guide. Your baby may reach some of these milestones earlier or later than her peers. If you are worried about his development at any stage, speak to your health professional.

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