12-month-milestone checklist for babies

12-month-milestone checklist for babies

Find out if your baby at 12 months has already met all of the developmental milestones.

baby at 12 months

Comparing your child to others? Find out why you shouldn’t!

Admit it, parents. You can’t help but compare your baby to someone else’s child just to check if their development is in sync. Are you worried that your baby at 12 months isn’t as fully developed as you hoped? Eliminate stress and envy from your life by stopping with the comparisons. Remember that babies develop in their own time and should not be compared to others to gauge their development.

Infant development

There are several categories that make up the development of baby at 12 months. Some of them are language, social, small and large motor development.

Social development includes interaction with human voice and face, thus leading to cooing and smiling. Language development can be receptive (understanding) or expressive (speaking), but both developments are important in baby at 12 months. Small motor development involves eye-hand coordination, grasping of items and reaching out for objects. Large motor development includes rolling over, pulling up, and walking.

baby at 12 months

Which stage is your baby at?

Milestones by month:

1 month – Babies at this month have strong grasps and prefer to keep their hands clenched. They can follow objects moving in front of them too.

2 months – 2 month old babies can make other noises, bob head forward when in a sitting position and can lift head a bit when lying on the stomach.

3 months – Babies this old can hold objects and clutch on to blankets, squeal and coo, recognize faces and voices, and can locate sound by turning their head.

4 months – 4 month old babies can sit with support, roll sideways, laugh, and play with hands.

5 months – Teething typically begins on the 5th month. The baby can also successfully roll from his stomach and back, play with toys, and recognize strangers.

6 months – 6 month old babies already begin to bite and chew, hold their own bottle, grab feet, and can lift head when in a sitting position.

7 months – Babies at this age can sit without support, can bear their weight on feet, respond to name and babbles.

8 months – At 8 months, babies are able to pull strings, stand while holding on to something, reach out for things that are out of reach, and can respond when being told ‘no’.

9 months – Crawling can begin in the 9th month. A baby at this age should be able to pick up objects and pull up from a sitting position to a standing one.

10 months – Babies who are 10 months old can say a few words like “mama” or “dada”. They should be able to sit by falling down and enjoy following pictures in books.

11 months – 11 month old babies are usually walking while holding on to furniture. They are also very curious and tend to explore objects before transferring them to another location.

12 months- baby at 12 months is able to stand alone and can walk when held. The baby at this age already understands frequently spoken words by parents.


If you are concerned about the lack of development of your baby at 12 months, don’t hesitate to talk to developmental pediatrician. While not all developmental delays are bad, it is best to outright know if your child is healthy.

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Written by

Karen Mira

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