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Baby Calendar Month 12


Happy Birthday, Baby!

The average twelve-month old is living up to the name of toddler, typically taking those first solo steps. While a lot of time has been spent recently refining those fine motor skills, especially pincer grasp, now you can expect to see baby using gross motor skills in new ways. He might enjoy standing to stack towers of big blocks, soda cans or whatever can be stacked and then with apparent glee, knock them all down. Climbing, pushing, pulling and covering as much ground as possible seems to be the main priority of playtime. Expect some falls and accompanying bumps and bruises but pad sharp furniture corners, attach top heavy furniture to the walls with screws and keep rugs secure with carpet tape. And keep a bag of frozen peas at the ready to wrap in a soft towel for the unavoidable owies.

When babies are making big strides in development especially in one area, like walking, it's not unusual for them to stop progressing in another area or even regress a bit. For instance, a child will seem obsessed with standing and walking, and stop speaking as much or picking up new words as quickly as they were previously. Or their sleep might become disturbed. It's just the ebb and flow of development. It's not a straightforward on a schedule type of progress for toddlers. Only become concerned if all development stops, and if the regression seems universal in the baby's skills. If your gut feeling is something is wrong, see your pediatrician for a check up whether baby is due for one or not.

Nutritional Needs

Around one year of age babies are switched from formula to cow's milk. If you are breastfeeding, you may notice baby showing signs of readiness to wean as well. When switching to dairy, make sure you offer baby whole milk, not 2 percent or skim. That can wait until baby's second birthday. Make the change a gradual one, starting with maybe 3 parts formula or breastmilk to one part cow's milk, until gradually baby is drinking straight dairy. If you have a lot of dairy allergies or lactose intolerance in the family, discuss the switch with the pediatrician first.

Well Baby Check and Immunizations

Baby will be seeing the doctor this month, with a full check up including weight, height and vitals being checked. Expect the physician to ask developmental and feeding questions. Look at baby's growth pattern as plotted on a growth chart. Ask questions if you are unsure about anything. Most likely baby will receive immunizations at this time as well.

The immunizations your baby will most likely receive include:

  • Hepatitis B may cause some redness, fever and tenderness at the site of the injection.
  • PCV or pneumococcal vaccine may cause the same side effects.
  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) can cause those side effects plus crankiness, loss of appetite, swelling and fatigue.
  • Hib (Haemophilus influenza) may cause redness and soreness.
  • IPV or Polio will be given if third dose wasn't previously administered.
  • MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) can cause rash, swollen cheeks, fatigue, febrile seizures, and mild joint pain.
  • Varicella or chickenpox can cause tenderness, redness, fever, fatigue, and rash which may appear up to a month following the vaccine.
Tips for Mom and Dad

This will be the first time your child will receive immunizations and will be old enough to understand a bit about what is happening. To prepare your child, explain that the shots do hurt for a second but they will help keep them healthy and from getting bad sicknesses. Explain that we only have to get shots once in a while, not every time we go to the doctor. Tell your little one it's OK to cry but you know how brave she can be, too.

To help, let your child bring a favorite stuffed animal or blankie for comfort and security. At the time of the injections, distract your child with a song, story or maybe just looking at pictures on your cell. Talk to your child about a special reward for getting the vaccines. You can go for a special treat or for a special outing to the park or playground. Talk about that while the nurse is preparing to give the injections. Afterward, make sure to give your child an appropriate dose of children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

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lilbit Sep 23, 2012 03:55:20 AM ET

My baby girl says daisy momma dada daddy dad she says pat no bye c,at dog growels says thank u welcome mine andd a few others she's drinking from a cup she eats finger foods she is very active she's not walking yet but she is abnormaly small for her age and has a feeding tube which is also called a mickey button she has a growth problem but she is very smart she walks the edges of her bed couches and furniture she's awsome she's my miricle baby

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mrs jami Mar 10, 2011 09:10:11 PM ET

My 12 month bby girl is not taking cow milk or other milk ,,, only take brstfeed. what can i do for her .she cant take other food plz help me,i make any kind of food for her but she cring too much.

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prajakta Dec 1, 2010 09:22:13 AM ET

She try to stand up alone ,says ma-ma ,ka-ka,try to drink water wit her own

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Natasha Oct 13, 2010 11:47:12 AM ET

My son walks, sleeps on his own,can say mam, da, mama, gives kisses, high five his dad, nod his head yes and no, loves eating on his own, drinks from cup, if wakes at night gets himself out of bed and comes to find me in my room no tears such a big boy no scared of dark at all.

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stephanie May 8, 2010 02:28:24 AM ET

Drinks whole milk feeds with finger shakes head no gives kisses say mama n dada mostly dada

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stephanie May 8, 2010 02:25:32 AM ET

She walks says bye n hi shakes head no sleeps alone says mama dada give me kisses

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Kennette Jan 30, 2010 03:17:38 PM ET

Walks, sleeps alone, says more than 10 words, no bottle, switched to milk in cup, finger feeds herself, can express what she wants and how she feels for the most part

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kitrina May 29, 2005 01:31:16 AM ET

Walks, sleeps alone, drinks from cup only, finger feeds all meals, says mamma, daddy and papa

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sandra May 10, 2005 03:23:59 PM ET

Sleeps alone,drinks by himself,moves around,says mama and dada,

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