Baby - The twelfth month

Parentree-editors 2008-08-15 00:19:30

Your baby is now eleven months old and entering the twelfth month.

In this series of articles, we are focusing on physical, mental and behavioural characteristics that are typically exhibited at each stage.  However, remember that every child is unique and that is what we love about them. Some will exhibit certain behaviours early and some later. Just learn to enjoy parenthood and your children and go on the journey with them.

Also, when you read this series of articles, don't leave after reading one entry. Look at the entries for earlier and later periods also. This series of articles is written as a continuum and not as distinct entries for each period. For example, if your baby is six months old, read all entries from four to eight months.

Do bring it to your doctor's attention if there is an abnormal delay in reaching a developmental milestone. Regular visits to the paediatrician are required to ensure that your baby is progressing normally.

From the mouths of babes

  • I can point to things that I want
  • I am here, there, everywhere doing a lot of things
  • I love being the centre of attention


  • Your baby is strong enough to start pushing things around your house, like plastic chairs, small tables etc. Watch what you have kept on them.
  • The soft spot on top of our baby's head maybe closed
  • Your baby may be taking baby steps independently or even walking carefully by herself


  • The time you want to stop the baby from breastfeeding maybe near. Do not stop abruptly, like turning off a switch. Wean your baby slowly. Gradually increase the quantity of other foods so your baby's hunger for breast milk reduces.
  • You should be ready to provide your baby a diet that is balanced and contains enough proteins, iron, calcium and other ingredients for his growth.Your child maybe picky about the foods she wants to eat. Don't try to force it on her. Distract her or try another day.
  • Your baby will also be testing her limits by saying "NO" and doing things you disapprove of. These maybe ways of getting your attention. First understand why he is doing it, be firm in your resolve but never be harsh or yell at the child.
  • Be consistent in enforcing rules. This will help your baby remember and learn the rules.


  • Stacking toys
  • Activity boxes (or busy boxes) where doing something makes something else happen
  • Toys with levers for baby to press
  • Toys with things that can be turned
  • Puzzles with 2 to 4 large pieces
  • Large, soft balls
  • Cloth books, board books with pictures or objects to touch
  • Cars for pushing


1. Healthy Start, Grow Smart, Your Eleven Month Old, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 2002

2. Indian Academy of Pediatrics, IAP Policy on Infant Feeding

3. Toy Safety Publications of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission


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