Development at
1 year

What Your Child Should Be Doing
  • Grasps small objects with thumb and index finger.
  • Sits well without support.
  • Stands alone for a brief time.
  • Walks while holding onto furniture or your hand.
  • May walk without help.
  • Looks at object when you ask, “where is ___?”
  • Turns pages in stiff cardboard book.
  • Says “mama”, “dada” and at least one other two-syllable word.
  • Points to something when she wants it.
  • Understands simple commands.
  • Shows affection to familiar adults.
  • Can clearly express pleasure, anger, excitement, joy, sadness, and disappointment.
  • Shows anxiety at separation from parents
  • Copies adult sounds and actions.
  • Bounces or jiggles in time with music.
  • Looks for an object that she watched fall out of sight.
  • Begins to understand that his action makes something happen – i.e. pushing a ball makes it roll away.
  • Offers toy to you if you hold out your hand and ask for it.
  • Helps you dress him by lifting foot for sock, shoe, or pants leg.

How You Can Help
  • Provide toys she can grasp, roll, pick up or pull.
  • Play word games with her hands and fingers, feet and toes – “This little Piggy ”--etc.
  • Provide space for crawling and firm objects on which he can pull himself to standing.
  • Allow her to practice climbing in a safe area by putting a gate at the third step.
  • Provide suitable toys for banging, throwing, squeezing, etc.
  • Provide large containers into which she can place and remove things.
  • Supply sturdy books or old magazines with bright pictures so she can turn pages herself.
  • Talk to him using simple sentences about his clothing, his food and himself.
  • As she begins to make sounds more like the words you use, repeat them for her often.
  • Read simple stories aloud before bedtime.
  • Let her see and manipulate simple and safe mechanical devices – off/on switches, simple pop-up toys, bathtub plugs, etc.
  • Play simple games such as “hide-and-seek” with people and toys.
  • Present foods she can feed herself, making allowances for some messiness
  • Prevent accidents.  Keep small, hot or sharp articles and all medicines, cleaning products and chemicals out of reach