Months 10 to 12
In the final months of baby’s first year, she’ll prep for the jump into toddlerhood. During this phase, she’ll be sitting without any support and cruising (walking while holding onto furniture) around the room. Close to her first birthday, you might see those momentous first steps, but there’s a wide window for this milestone. Don’t worry if your child doesn’t walk for a couple more months.
Your wee one is still learning how things work by putting objects in containers and taking them back out, imitating scribbling and practicing pretend play— think chatting away on an imaginary phone like a pro.
Your baby is becoming quite the talker, even if you can’t make out everything she’s saying. By 12 months, she might have added a few more words to her repertoire, and she’ll be quick to repeat sounds that you (or even animals) make.
Around this time, she’ll rely on pointing as another way of communicating with you, whether she’s pointing at something new or something she wants. Use those opportunities to teach her new words because her brain is starting to connect objects with labels.
Resting and digesting
In just one year, your baby has done a whole lot of growing. She should triple her birth weight and be about one and a half times as long (well, tall) as her birth measurement. Talk with your pediatrician about any diet changes, but formula- fed babies are usually ready to switch to cow’s milk at 12 months. Moms who are breastfeeding can continue or make the swap to cow’s milk, too. If you trade the bottle—or breast—for a sippy cup, give your little one plenty of time to practice.
Now that she has between one and eight teeth in her adorable grin, she can handle more solid foods. It’s also time to gently introduce her to a toothbrush. At this age, tots still sleep for about 10 hours each night but need fewer naps to get through the day—less than three hours’ worth.
In 12 short months, that precious bundle you welcomed into the world has (or will soon!) become a walking, talking toddler. You’ve been right there with her for every milestone, so you know better than anyone that when that first birthday rolls around, you both have a lot to celebrate.