How your 12-month-old might play now

    • He understands much of what you say to him
    • She mimics others' actions, like talking on the phone
    • He will move a toy out of the way to get to another
    • She likes other children but doesn't play with them
    • He can anticipate your action: when he sees you holding his jacket, he'll hold out his arms
    • She only makes sounds in the language she knows
    • He'll show affection with hugs, kisses, smiles and pats
Toys to enhance physical development
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    Scoop & Whirl Popper

    Balance & Coordination Curiosity & Discovery Gross Motor
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    Rockin’ Tunes Giraffe

    Balance & Coordination Curiosity & Discovery Gross Motor
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    Brilliant Basics™ Stroll-Along Walker™

    Balance & Coordination Gross Motor Sensory

Help your baby learn more:

    • In control. As her balance, mobility and coordination increase, your 1-year-old will have better control of the action. Moving around to investigate different features will exercise large motor skills.
    • I get it! At this age, your child will quickly grasp how to make the action happen. Make a game of activating lights or sounds—he takes a turn, then it's your turn. Label actions with words. "You pressed the button and made the lights go on!" "You opened the door and it made a sound!"
    • Build excitement – and cognitive skills—with a clue that something is about to happen. “Here we go! What do you think we’ll see?”
Musical toys
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    L&L PUPPY'S PIANO

Help your baby learn more:

    • You can do it! Let your child play with the toy independently. Be there to help him if he needs you, and offer your encouragement: "You can do it … go ahead."
    • Play a game with your child to make up a song—make a sound with the toy and ask your child to mimic you. Or just follow what your child does.
    • Attach words to your child's movement with the toy, and also to the toy's features. Say “back and forth” or “side to side” as your child moves the toy.
    • Clap or sing along to encourage your child; you may even want to accompany him on another instrument. These "I can" play activities get filed away in your child's memory bank and boost self-confidence.

Body Art

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As your baby grows, she gains increasing interest in her body and its many functions. Bath time is a great time to work on body image, as you introduce your baby to bathtub Body Art!

Materials

  • Children's nontoxic body paint, in a variety of colors
  • Bathtub

Instructions

  • Run a warm bath for your baby; make it shallow enough for her to sit in.
  • Place your baby in the tub and let her get used to the water.
  • Open a tube of body paints and dot the color on your baby's arms.
  • Spread the color with your fingers, and encourage your baby to do the same.
  • Add other colors to other body parts—hands, legs, feet, neck, shoulders, chest, and back.
  • Let your baby spread the colors around, then wash them off and play again.

Safety

Be sure to use nontoxic children's body paints. Keep the body paint off your baby's face, and if she tends to wipe her face with her hands, don't put body paints on her hands.

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