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BABY EINSTEIN: Your Curious 12-month-old

Motherly in partnership with Baby Einstein

It has been a year of discovery.

Make the most of their milestones:

It has been a year of curiosity, exploration, and so much play, mama—and you’ve rocked all of it! Now your baby is fast becoming a busy toddler, which means the playtime is really just beginning. Use our guide to play and encourage baby’s development to get the most out of this last month of your baby’s first year.

Your baby is getting better and better at identifying people and objects, and she knows how to ask for the toy she wants to play with. She may even start saying more real words, and even walking soon!

Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your baby’s twelfth month.

Thinking
Your baby can identify the correct picture when named in a book.
Try This: Read books with objects and animals your baby can point at and name.

Engaging
She hands you the toys she wants and knows how to get your attention with words or actions.
Try This: Give your baby choices, showing her both and letting her choose her favorite.

Communicating
Her speaking sounds more like real words, and she may say her first word soon.
Try This: Narrate what she is doing to increase her vocabulary and connect words to actions.

Moving
She can stand supported and may take her first steps soon.
Try This: Give her a low, safe surface to support her weight, like an activity table that motivates her to explore.

    

Your postpartum life:

Many moms find the first birthday to be an emotional experience. You’re reflecting on what a tremendous year it’s been, full of challenges, stresses, and of course, a love you never knew was possible. You may also be thinking a lot about your birth. Reach out to other mamas and share with them. And take a moment (or a month) to be so proud of yourself. Look what you’ve done, mama!

You are our hero (and your baby’s, too!). Here’s to another amazing year ahead!

Disclaimer: The milestones presented are averages. Any questions you may have about your child’s development should be shared with his or her doctor. Sources: CDC, healthychildren.org and WebMD

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