My Toddler – Month 12
Your 12-month-old is going to achieve some amazing feats, as this month is the gateway to walking and talking. You’ll witness your toddler sitting, standing, and cruising, as well as speaking a few words, like “mom” or “dad,” and trying out new ones by attempting to enunciate words that you say.
All of your toddler's efforts of trying to sit up will pay off in a victory. After the sit up is mastered, you'll find him using furniture to pull himself up into a stand. As one mastery leads to another, your 12-month-old will begin cruising from chair to chair.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. ― Margaret Mead
He may be off balance, cautious, pigeon-toed, or bowlegged during this stage, but he is nonetheless, preparing to walk.
As a baby, your child was working on his fine motor skills. He used his little hands and fingers to grasp and pinch things. He still does this now, but at 12 months of age, he is beginning to perfect this technique. Instead of grasping a hand full of your hair, or pinching your nose, he can now grasp other objects; so he may scribble with a marker, attempt to feed himself with a spoon, or pick up board books, turn their pages, and even throw them! Encourage and celebrate all of these actions, for they are evidence of some very significant physical development.
Babies are usually content being in the comfort of any arms; but as they reach the toddler stage and become more aware of their surroundings, they begin to develop a little fear of unfamiliarity.
When kids hit one year old, it's like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit. ― Johnny Depp
Your 12-month-old might begin to experience some anxiety when separated from your familiar and comforting presence.
It's not a pleasant ordeal – to experience your anxiety filled toddler – it's sad, but it is usually normal and can be eased by evading separation during her most sensitive, tired, and hungry times. When this stage of apprehension is treated with tenderness and reassurance, over time, she will learn that your separation is temporary and she'll gain the ability to trust someone other than you.
Your little guy has quite the vocabulary inside his head, but his ability to actually say those words will come later. At 12-months-old, he is probably saying “mom” and “dad,” as well as two or more words that he uses regularly. Encourage your toddler's language development by reading and repeating words to him, holding conversations with him, and by continuously introducing new vocabulary to him.
While watching your toddler play, you've probably noticed him in a deep concentration. It's as if you can see the wheels turning in his head as he tries to figure something out; encourage this problem-solving mindset. Developing problem-solving skills is a huge cognitive accomplishment. Recognize that his cognitive development improves each time he searches and finds something that is hidden, solves a puzzle, learns that his ball bounces better on hard surfaces, or even inspects and learns about something unfamiliar and new. His every inquisition is an opportunity for cognitive growth.