Wow! Your Baby is 1 Year Old!
Take time to pull out the photo albums and review the miraculous changes you've witnessed in your baby this past year. Incredible! Most important, revel in all baby can do as she celebrates her first year. Baby has a delightful sense of humor, and she takes great pleasure in teasing you. She loves to express affection, and she's most likely has mastered the art of hugging and kissing. What a great year it's been -- and what an amazing adventure your family has ahead of you.
Milestones this month*
- Your baby now drinks from a cup without assistance.
- She can stand alone for several minutes.
- Baby walks well (keep in mind that good crawlers often are late walkers).
- She waves good-bye and plays pat-a-cake.
- Baby says "mama" and "dada."
- She says other one-syllable words (like "hi").
- Baby expresses her wants with gestures and words instead of cries.
- She engages in gibberish conversation.
- Baby responds to simple commands.
*All babies have their own internal developmental timetable. If your 11-month-old hasn't yet reached these milestones, rest assured that she will in time. If you have concerns about your baby's development, discuss them with her doctor.
Food for Thought
By 12 months, your baby is ready to be weaned from breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. You've been preparing for this time by introducing a training cup (which your baby probably is handling well on her own by now) and by gradually cutting back on her traditional liquid feedings. Consequently, you'll want to increase her intake of solid foods to compensate for the decrease in liquids and to fuel any growth spurts she may be experiencing.