It's almost hard to believe that a year ago you were just waiting to meet your little one. Now at 12 months your little bundle of joy is full of energy and personality. In the last edition your baby was sitting up without falling forward and starting to crawl around whilst exploring new things with their hands. In this special 12 months edition we will look at this incredible milestone and discover how your baby will develop further.
Often taller than at 9 months, your 12 month old is now picking things up and gesturing at certain objects and before long they will start to walk. All babies develop at certain rates but it is typically at this age that the desire to walk becomes quite apparent. Gaining the correct movement and positioning the legs ready for walking are all preparations for pulling themselves up on furniture and starting to stand on their own. If your baby is struggling with this then offering encouragement through holding their weight as they try and walk and congratulating them when they stand, will help boost their confidence. Don't worry if your baby decides that this month isn't right for their first steps, in a few months they will do it in their own time.
Your 12 month old now understands what certain words and phrases mean and communication now starts to go both ways. If you ask baby where something is, they may be able to find it or even point to it. Sentences are also starting to form with the babbling resembling the same sounds as basic communication. This is also a great opportunity to start to teach your child manners as they learn to share and even tidy away their toys. Encourage your baby by asking them questions and talking to them constantly, as they start to copy your vocabulary.
With all the excitement that comes with turning one, sleep is often the last thing on some babies' minds and you may struggle to encourage them to take a nap. As we mentioned in the last series your sleep training programme should have helped your baby sleep better through the night, but if you are finding it difficult to get them to sleep here are a few tips.
As your baby gets older they are discovering their own independence, which means that they have learnt how to resist falling asleep. To help get them used to the process of bedtime make sure that you have a clear routine that allows them to slowly wind down. Feed and bath them before putting them in their pyjamas and reading a bedtime story. Make sure that you use a soothing voice throughout the routine as to not excite baby too much and try not to bring them back into a living area where they may be distracted by a television.
As your baby gets older the likelihood that you will be spending more time apart is apparent, but not many babies adjust to this easily. If your child is suffering with slight separation anxiety, try and make as little of the situation as possible before you leave. If you have a babysitter or another family member that you will be leaving them with, get them to spend some one to one time together whilst you are still within ear shot. This will help them adjust to the idea of them being left alone with someone. When you are about to leave, do so quickly as to not upset you or the baby further.
You have probably noticed already that your baby enjoys much noisier games than before, and also likes making quite a bit of noise themselves. They start to invite the crashes that they were once worried about with interest rather than tears. To help them discover new noises and understand how they are created, get them a play music set or a toy that generates sound as they press the buttons. This helps with their speech as well as they try and sound words. Hand-eye coordination games are also great fun and help them understand cause and effect and as always any teddy or soft toy enjoys lots of cuddles.
From all of us at Daisy Baby we wish your little one a very happy 1st birthday.