Your baby: Month 12

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What's the baby up to?

Growth points

Congratulations! You've come through the first year of parenthood and your baby is heading into a new phase.

Month 12 milestones

 By the end of this period, most babies can:
 Sit independently
 Get on hands-and-knees position and crawl
 Pull up to standing position, walk holding on to furniture, and stand without support
 Use pincer grasp (thumb and first finger)
 Place objects into container and take them out of container
 Say “mama” and “dada” and use these terms specifically referring to a parent
 Use exclamations such as “oh-oh!”
 Try to imitate words and may say first word
 Use simple gestures, such as shaking head for “no” or waving for “bye-bye”
 Play interactive gesture games, such as pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo
 Easily find hidden objects
 Use objects correctly such as holding phone up to ear or drinking from a cup
 Tell the difference between a trusted adult and a stranger

Other stuff to think about

Birthday party tips

Arranging your baby’s first birthday is very exciting so try to have fun and don’t sweat the small stuff – your baby doesn’t have any expectations.

1. Don’t invite too many people. It is far too daunting for a baby and he may end up clinging to you all the time.
2. Time it right – schedule the party for a time when your baby is well rested and fed.
3. Put away all breakable and fragile items – with other children around, there is no way you will be able to supervise them all the time.
4. Get help. You also need time to interact with the guests and to make sure that the guest of honour has a good time. With so much going on, you will need someone who can run around serving guests and clearing away.
5. Serve wholesome snacks that are safe for young children – don’t risk a child choking on nuts or popcorn.
6. Don’t bother inviting a clown or magician – they may frighten your baby or his guests.
7. Keep it brief – parties are exhausting for a baby (and you!). An hour will do.
8. Put drop sheets out – parties will destroy your carpets.

Go back to the complete list of Baby week-by-week updates.

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