Developmental Milestones – 12 months

From 8 to 12 months of age, most babies become increasingly mobile.  It is important that he have a safe space in order to learn to move and explore.

Additional milestones include:


  • Crawls on hands and knees with belly off of floor
  • Moves between sitting and crawling positions
  • Pulls self to stand
  • Walks while holding onto furniture


  • Uses a pincer grasp
  • Bangs 2 blocks together
  • Fills and pours objects from container
  • Lets go of objects voluntarily
  • Finger feeds


  • Responds to “no” and simple verbal commands
  • Uses simple gestures such as shaking head “No”
  • Tries to imitate words
  • Uses simple words such as “mama”, “dada” or “uh-oh”
  • Imitates play
  • Cries when caregiver leaves
  • Shows specific preferences to specific toys


  • Explores objects in many different ways (shaking, banging, dropping, etc)
  • Finds hidden objects easily
  • Looks at correct picture when image is named
  • Begins to use objects correctly (talk on phone, drink from cup, brush hair, etc)

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