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Your Baby: A Developmental Checklist 10 To 12 Months

Remember that all babies are individuals and develop at their own pace. Premature infants, especially, reach many milestones later than their same-age peers. This checklist should be used only to get a general sense for where your baby is or where he is heading. If you have any concerns about your child's development, consult with your physician.

Physical Development

  • May stand alone.
  • Cruises, walking while holding onto furniture.
  • May walk unsupported.
  • Squats and stoops.
  • May climb chairs, counters, tables, and the like.
  • Holds a spoon.
  • Puts blocks in and out of small box.
  • Stacks a few blocks.
  • May undress self.
  • Feeds self with fingers.

Intellectual Development

  • Establishes sense of self and sense of others.
  • Remembers events for longer time.
  • Imitates people who may not be present.
  • Searches for hidden objects.
  • Understands and obeys short commands: "Give it to mumma," "Bring me the bottle," "Wave bye-bye."

Social And Emotional Development

  • Expresses and recognizes many emotions.
  • Develops sense of humor.
  • May throw temper tantrums.
  • Alternates short periods of independence with bouts of intense clinging.
  • Still exhibits stranger anxiety.
  • Wants to do things without help.
  • Loves an audience.
  • May have intense separation anxiety.

Language Development

  • Says several words beyond mama and dada.
  • May babble short sentences.
Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D. Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education