Milestones for your One Year Old Child

        Can your toddler pull herself up - she should be able to Important Milestones:

        Your Child at One Year

        How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 1st birthday.

        What most children do at this age:

        Social and Emotional

        • Is shy or nervous with strangers
        • Cries when mom or dad leaves
        • Has favorite things and people
        • Shows fear in some situations
        • Hands you a book when he wants to hear a story
        • Repeats sounds or actions to get attention
        • Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing
        • Plays games such as “peek-a-boo” and “pat-a-cake”


        • Responds to simple spoken requests
        • Uses simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “bye-bye”
        • Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech)
        • Says “mama” and “dada” and exclamations like “uh-oh!”
        • Tries to say words you say

        Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)

        • Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging, throwing
        • Finds hidden things easily
        • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
        • Copies gestures
        • Starts to use things correctly; for example, drinks from a cup, brushes hair
        • Bangs two things together
        • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
        • Lets things go without help
        • Pokes with index (pointer) finger
        • Follows simple directions like “pick up the toy”

        Movement/Physical Development

        • Gets to a sitting position without help
        • Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture (“cruising”)
        • May take a few steps without holding on
        • May stand alone

        Act early by talking to your child’s doctor if your child:

        • Doesn’t crawl
        • Can’t stand when supported
        • Doesn’t search for things that she sees you hide
        • Doesn’t say single words like “mama” or “dada”
        • Doesn’t learn gestures like waving or shaking head
        • Doesn’t point to things
        • Loses skills he once had
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