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Month 12

month_12Congratulations! At this month, you are celebrating not only your child’s first birthday, but also the anniversary of your first days of parenthood.

Congratulations! At this month, you are celebrating not only your child’s first birthday, but also the anniversary of your first days of parenthood.

When celebrating your baby’s first birthday, it’s a good idea to take a look back at your own year of parenting. Think about what you have learned and how you overcame any moments when you were unsure of yourself and how you have worked through these obstacles. Now is a good time to write a letter to your baby that you both can read together when he or she is older. Share some special memories or moments and include some memorable photos as well.

Making Milestones

As your baby celebrates one year, you have observed the following milestones in his or her development:

  • Can roll over, sit up and crawl
  • Explores toys and household items
  • Say “mama” and “dada”
  • Tripled in weight since birth

Looking over these milestones, it’s easy to see how far you and your baby have come. Now, you have even more new activities and sounds to look forward to in the coming year, including:

  • Imitate sounds
  • Scribble with crayons
  • Sort objects into groupings
  • Speak in single words and simple phrases
  • Walk unassisted

In addition to these milestones, you may discover your child displays greater independence in areas where he or she is familiar. However, you may observe some elements of separation anxiety when mom or dad leaves the room or leaves baby with another person. This can make you feel overwhelmed of fearful that you will not be able to leave your baby to take even a short amount of time for yourself.

You should, however, continue to build your child’s independence and develop a consistent routine when you are leaving him or her in the capable hands of a family member or sitter. Be calm and reassuring and offer a promised sign of return—and stick to it. Remember—your parenting skills have gotten you this far and will continue as your baby grows into a healthy adult.

TIPS

  • Developmental milestones vary from child to child. Even if your child has not yet reached a particular milestone, consult your physician to ensure he or she is developing properly.
  • In a poll of 5,000 new parents, 61 percent of parents spent $200 or less on their babies’ first birthday party.