Your baby is developing a personality all their own, and it shows. They’re about to start the physical changes of leaping into toddlerhood, so it’s time to prepare for the next growth spurt.
Time flies when you’re turning 1.
You’ve both come so far in the first year, and your baby will continue to develop at their own pace. Generally, by the end of month 12, your little one will be able to:
- Take their first solo steps
- Say two words other than “mama” and “dada”
- Speak in “baby-talk” sentences
- Imitate your actions
- Drink from a sippy cup without help
Support brain development.
Help keep your baby’s brain developing through play in social settings and during your individual time with them.
- Introduce them to brief playdates to practice playing in groups. There won’t be much interactive play just yet, but they’ll get used to the playing environment.
- “Read” a picture book together. Identify what you see on each page to help them learn new words and objects.
Prepare to wave “bye-bye” to the bottle.
If your 1-year-old is still on the bottle, these tips could help them transition to a sippy cup:
- Begin to offer them a sippy cup in place of midday bottles
- Don’t let your baby roam with the bottle, and limit where they can have it, such as only while on your lap or at the table
- Try offering breast milk or infant formula in the sippy cup. If that doesn't seem to be working, try offering water in a sippy cup with 1 meal per day
Now that your toddler is transitioning to table foods, it can be hard to tell if they are getting the nutrition they need. This might be a good time to add in a toddler drink, like Go & Grow 360 Total Care® by Similac®. It’s designed to help balance a toddler’s diet and support brain, eye, and physical development from ages 12 to 36 months.