Your 12-Month-Old: Understanding Normal Development and Signs to Seek Help

By 12 months, most children are taking their first steps or are very close to it. It's normal for your child to be exploring their environment, pulling themselves up, and cruising along furniture. If your child hasn't shown interest in standing or isn't crawling at all, it's a good idea to consult with us.

Motor skills are crucial. At this age, children should be able to pick up small objects with their thumb and forefinger, known as the pincer grasp. They might also enjoy stacking blocks. However, if your child doesn't seem interested in using their hands or can't hold objects, it's time to seek advice.

Communication is a vital part of development. By 12 months, your child should be responding to their name, making simple gestures like waving or pointing, and saying a few basic words like "mama" or "dada." If your child isn't doing any of these, it's a sign to consult with a professional.

Social and emotional development is equally important. Most children of this age show attachment to their parents, may be shy with strangers, and have a growing range of emotions. If your child doesn't display these typical behaviors, it's worth discussing with us.

Now, let's discuss some red flags. If your child is not making eye contact, doesn't respond to their name, doesn't seem to bond with you, or is overly sensitive to sensory input, such as sounds or lights, it's time to seek help. Every child is unique, but certain signs may indicate developmental delays.

In conclusion, remember that every child develops at their own pace. However, it's crucial to pay attention to milestones and seek guidance if you have concerns. Early intervention can make a significant difference in your child's development. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are here to support you and your child on this incredible journey. Thank you for your time.

Dr. Melanie Suaris is a board certified pediatrician serving Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Care Center at Galloway (Kendall) 

Published on: 2/6/2024

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