Baby Steps: Growth & Development
Your baby's already passed her first birthday! By now, she's got up to five words in her vocabulary, he/she can initiate games and he/she may be using a fork or spoon. He/she may be able to run and walk up stairs, play with a ball and draw a line. Much to your chagrin, she may have also adopted "no" as her favorite word.34
Your baby's made a lot of new discoveries over the last few months. He/she can turn the pages of a book, and may be "reading" board books on their own. He/she's learned the right way to do certain things, such as use the telephone and take off his/her clothes. He/she's climbing, creating "pretend" games, dancing and can pedal when he/she's put on a tricycle. They're probably down to one nap a day, and may show signs of being ready for potty training.
The temper tantrums may be continuing, and he/she may be getting more finicky about food. He/she responds to simple directions and can speak more clearly.34
Doing Everything Right: Tips for New Moms
Until your child is two or three years old, you may not know for sure whether he/she'll be right- or left-handed, even if he/she favored one as a young baby. Some kids use both hands until they're five or six. Don't try to influence which one he/she uses though; this could confuse him/her and lead to hand-eye coordination and dexterity problems.35
Your baby's not walking yet? Relax.it's completely normal for a child to start walking as early as nine months or as late as 18 months.36
If your baby's first tooth doesn't appear in the next month or so, or if you notice tooth decay, be sure to tell your pediatrician. He/she'll probably refer you to a dentist.33
You're busier than ever, but don't let healthy habits take a backseat. Try to make time for regular exercise, a balanced diet and lots of water to help keep your energy level up.
Your little one may now be able to remember objects long after they're gone from her sight. Let him/her practice this new ability with games of hide-and-seek with his/her favorite toys.
Some days, you may feel like "no" is the only word your baby knows. Be patient, set limits on what behavior is okay and act the way you want him/her to act. She may not always remember what you've said, but if you're consistent, they'll soon catch on.37
It's too soon to worry about your child's weight, even if he/she's a little chubby. He/she's probably getting all the exercise they need in their daily routine, but if you think he/she needs to move around more, try to get her involved in active games like tag or hopscotch, and limit sedentary activities like watching television.38