For people who are looking for 1-year-old baby development milestones, I’ve put together this article.
1 year olds can be very difficult to handle sometimes; they will often say no without any explanation given. Although it may be challenging to raise your child, this is the time when you should enjoy every bit of it because he will soon become a toddler and will be more demanding.
Since 1-year-olds are not as fast as toddlers, you should make sure your baby gets plenty of sleep. However, this might be a challenge because he would want to explore everything on his terms which may include playing on the stairs or touching dangerous objects. To keep him safe from himself, you can make him wear a helmet or put up safety gates.
You may also want to put your 1-year-old on a daily schedule because babies of this age are generally able to tell time and understand the concept of routines. If he is used to sleeping at certain times, then it will be easier for him to go through naps during the day. A good example would be waking him up twice instead of once so he could have his morning nap around 11 AM and his afternoon nap around 2 PM
Similarly, feeding your baby should also follow a routine so he can understand when it’s time to eat. Try introducing solids 3-4 days after birth but do not pressure him into eating solid food if he doesn’t show any interest. In several cultures, it is believed that introducing solids too early could result in allergy so if you are from one of these countries, then it would be best to wait until your baby is 6 months old.
The following milestones are based on the averages so you may want to establish your baby’s milestones by taking note of his achievements.
Since 1-year-olds can be difficult to handle, you may want to figure out what’s wrong by squatting! This position forces your baby to lean forward and look up which is why it could trigger his curiosity. If he wants something, then you will notice him trying to reach for it; if he wants to check the contents of a toy box or cabinet, then you can see him crawling towards it with his curious butt in the air.
If you notice your child doing this, no need to panic because babies don’t lose their instincts at any age so they’ll still go after objects even though they have grown up a bit. However, there are times when squatting might not work especially if he does it while being in a car seat or high chair because it would be difficult for him to get up by himself.
Instead of forcing your child to stand so, he can see what you are pointing at, consider squatting next to him and just move the object around if this doesn’t work. In some cases, all your kid needs is a little distraction such as giving him another toy to play with or try squishing his body into yours when you want to read a book.
In most cases, children gain a better understanding from adults who don’t give them full attention which is why they tend to pay more attention in conversations where both parents are involved. However, there will also be moments when your baby prefers communicating with one parent over the other which may cause problems
The next development on which parents are typically aware is conversational skills. The first word of a toddler, on average, comes around 12 months old, but this is simply an average. After that, the youngster will continue to add to his or her vocabulary at a steady rate until about 18 months old when language develops substantially. At 21 months, toddlers start to use two-word phrases like “I go,” “mama give,” and “baby play” into their vocabularies. They frequently conduct a monologue before going to sleep called crib talk in which they practice conversational abilities. Children are rapidly becoming great at communicating their wants and needs to their parents in words.