Developmental Milestones: Age One
Your newborn has evolved from a wailing infant to a curious baby over the first year. The transformation was remarkable, but what your child has in store for you this year is even more impressive. They discover their voice and their legs and grow enthralled with the world around them. Throughout the next year, your child will grow into a little adventurer, exploring their surroundings like never before. Their physique finally catches up to their head, they begin to resemble a small adult, and their eye color is set. As your kid grows into a curious toddler, the first year can be thrilling and joyful. There will be lots of changes this year, and here is a preview of what to expect in the first year.
- Better Motor Skills
Every day, your baby becomes stronger. They will learn to walk, run, and even jump on two feet throughout the first year. As their motor abilities improve, they will be able to manipulate their hands and fingers, allowing them to pick up bits of food from a tray and feed themselves little portions of food. They will toddle around the globe, curiously investigating their surroundings, as they gain control of their legs. They might even undress and drink from a cup. They will be able to walk while towing a toy behind them, as well as a stroll upstairs. You’ll be chasing them by the end of the year.
- Language Evolution
Your baby’s language will begin to evolve into words as they grow into a toddler. What was once nonsense will be reduced to one-syllable words. They may be able to say “mama,” “dada,” and “no” or “uh-oh.” At 12 months, kids will be able to understand 50 words; at 18 months, 200 words, and between 16 and 24 months, they will learn an average of 1-2 words every day. Their communication improves as their language increases. They may shake their head “no” and point to something intriguing to show others.
- Better Eye-Hand Coordination
Their eye-hand coordination will improve dramatically. They used to swat at toys, but now they can probe, pull apart, and grab just about anything. Your infant may even be able to toss a little ball at this age. Their enhanced coordination will allow them to inspect objects with greater control and to explore locations that they can now reach because they can walk and stand.
- Improved Cognitive Skills
Your baby’s improved cognitive skills will give them a better understanding of the world around them. They will begin to mimic you by doing things you do, such as brushing your hair or playing on a phone. Your baby’s understanding of object permanence will Build. Before, when you left a room, your child assumed you disappeared, but now, they comprehend that you will return as you are merely in the next room. If you roll a ball behind a shelf, they will look for the ball while before they assume the ball has vanished. They might even pretend to feed a doll or play peek-a-boo. They will be able to follow one-step verbal orders such as “sit down” without any gestures. Every day, your kid grows smarter as they absorb the knowledge around them like a sponge.
As your little explorer discovers new things every day, it is critical to childproof your home. Put away trinkets, secure wires, and set locks on cabinets, the toilet, and the refrigerator. Wrap a foam tube over the sides of your coffee table and ensure that all dressers and TVs are securely fastened to the wall. Keep chemicals out of reach, medication locked up, and make sure their play environment is safe for them to explore. Every day, read and talk to your child to help them expand their vocabulary and knowledge of the language. As your baby grows, they will absorb all of the knowledge around them, providing them with the stepping stones needed to develop into a toddler and beyond.
Your child’s development from newborn to older baby has been both exciting and tiring. Growth will decelerate over the next year, but their minds will expand as they learn more about their language, body, and environment. Allowing children to explore in a safe environment allows them to learn as they interact with the world. One-year-olds understand boundaries, but that does not mean they will not test them. They can be obstinate, and if they don’t get what they want, they will sometimes protest. This year will be interesting and fun as they continue to grow into the person they will become.