12 Month Old Baby

12 Month Old Baby

Are you planning the first birthday party for your 12 month old baby? It is really hard to believe that a whole year has gone by since you brought your little angle home from the hospital. Yet there he or she is. Communicating albeit mostly in a “foreign“ language rather than English, walking (if not, her or she soon will) and developing his or her own character which may not always meet with your expectations. Your 12 months old baby is no longer an infant. He or she is now officially a toddler.

What To Expect:
Caring for a toddler in a lot easier than caring for an infant although the toddler age brings unique challenges as well. Luckily, the transition from infancy to toddler period takes place gradually and your baby will not change overnight. Over the following months your baby will reach a number of new developmental milestones as well as gaining more independence. If your baby is not walking yet, prepare your camera because he or she will probably make those hardly expected steps any time now. Most babies make their first unassisted steps around the age of 12 months, however, keep in mind that some need more time to feel ready for this developmental milestone and do not worry if your 12 months old baby does not seem to be getting closer. He or she might be perfectly satisfied with other methods of getting around your home for a few months. Whether your baby is already walking or is not even close, try not to control him or her on every step and do not feel the need to check on him or her every time he or she wanders off to another room because he or she needs to develop independence too. He or she will be just fine, of course, under condition that your entire home is childproof. In addition to be able to say a few words such as mama and dada, your baby will continue to learn new words. However, do not expect a new word every day nor simple sentences for some time. At the age of 1 year, your baby understands simple commands such as “give me your hand“, “come here“, etc. and should be responding by gestures and pointing or following your commands. For instance, if you ask your baby where is his or her nose, he or she will point to it.

What You Need To Know:
By the age of 12 months, your baby should be close to tripling the weight from birth and reach a number of milestones including responding to his or her name, understanding simple commands and possibly say a few words, sitting independently, using gestures and body language, etc. These will be looked for by your pediatrician at the routine check-up, so be sure not to forget to make an appointment. If anything is worrying you, be sure to mention it to your pediatrician. At the age of 12 months, it is time to make an appointment for immunization. Your baby should receive the last dose of hepatitis B vaccine; diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine; Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine; pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and inactivated poliovirus vaccine. Now is also the time for the first dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, varicella vaccine and hepatitis A vaccine.

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