The Growing Child: 10 to 12 Months
The Growing Child: 10 to 12 Months
How much will my baby grow?
All babies may grow at a different
rate. Here is the average for boys and girls 10 to 12 months of age:
Weight. Average gain of about 13 ounces each month. Birth weight is
doubled at about 4 to 5 months and tripled at 1 year.
Height. Average growth of just over 1/2 inch each month, with most infants
growing 10 inches in the first year.
Head size. Average growth of about 1/2 inch each month.
What can my baby do at this age?
As your baby continues to grow, you
will notice new and exciting abilities that develop. Babies may progress at different
rates. But these are some of the common milestones most babies reach in this age
Pulls up to a standing
Cruises or walks around
holding onto furniture
Able to pick up food and
small objects with thumb and pointer finger
Can feed them self finger
Drinks from cup without a
lid, as you hold it
New teeth continue to erupt;
may have 4 to 6 teeth by 1 year old
Takes 2 naps a day and is
able to sleep up to 12 hours at night without a feeding
May wake up at night looking
What can my baby say?
Speech development is very exciting
for parents as they watch their babies become social beings who can interact with
others. Every baby develops speech at their own rate. But these are some of the common
milestones for most babies reach in this age group:
Says da-da, ma-ma, or other
special name and knows who these persons are
Imitates sounds and some
- Waves bye-bye
What does my baby understand?
Babies at this age become much more
aware of others as well as themselves. They are not yet confident that a parent will
return when they leave. Children may progress at different rates. But these are some
the common milestones children may reach in this age group:
Puts something in a container, like a block in a cup
Looks for things he sees you hide, like a toy under a
Is curious and wants to
Moves to music
Drops objects on purpose for
others to pick up
Points and gestures for
objects and actions
May start to pretend simple
activities, such as cleaning or drinking from cup
How does my baby interact with
Separation anxiety and fear of
strangers are common at this age. Separation anxiety is anxiousness and fearfulness
being separated from a parent, whether or not the parent is actually leaving the
presence of the child. But this is an important part of the relationship with the
parent. Every child is unique and will develop different personalities. But these
some of the common behavioral traits that may be present in your child:
How to help increase your baby's learning
and emotional security
Here are some ways to foster your
baby's emotional security:
- Encourage your baby to practice walking on their own. Baby
walkers are not recommended. Let them hold your hands or hold onto furniture that
- Play together with blocks and other toys that encourage your
baby to use their hands
Introduce your baby slowly to
new people and things.
Look at picture books with
your baby and talk about the pictures.
Give your baby finger foods
and help them to use a spoon, but allow your baby to do it alone. Don't worry if
your baby makes a mess. Experimenting is important.
Read stories to your baby
When your baby asks for
something by pointing, name the object as you give it to them.
Hold and cuddle your baby
Continue a bed time routine
of cuddling, rocking, and soothing.
Respond to your baby if they
wake up and cry at night. Don't turn on the light or pick up or hold your baby.
Limit your interactions to soothing talk and patting. Tell your baby it is time
Give your baby safe places to
- Limit screen time (TV, tablets, phones) to video calling with
loved ones. Screen time is not recommended for children younger than 2 years of age.
Babies learn by talking, playing, and interacting with others.
Online Medical Reviewer: Liora C Adler MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Amy Finke RN BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather M Trevino BSN RNC
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