9-12 MONTHS

Nine-to-twelve-month babies are so much fun! They may say their first words, show preference to toys or people, understand certain words or requests, begin to wave, self-feed, cruise along furniture, and take their first steps!

Milestones: 9 – 12 Months – Safe Sleep Academy

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THE BIG ONE

You made it an entire year! This is a time to celebrate. You can go as big or small as you want or can manage (because honestly your little one won't remember) but you as a parent deserve a pat on the back. The first year can be so hard, but worthwhile. Remember to live in the moment, because before you know it your little one won't be so little anymore.

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BABY'S FIRST WORDS

Of every concern I have ever heard from new mothers, the most common has been their worry about their baby talking. I had this same concern. At my twin's one year old appointment one of my girls "first word" was barking like a dog. I was nervous that she wouldn't talk. By age one many babies have said their first word-but definitely not all. A word is considered anything that is said repeatedly towards an object or person (even if you don't understand it yourself). Continuing to speak thoughts out loud and identifying items around your little one will help immensely with language development. Many babies have a day when things just "click" and they begin to say every word they can think of. Others may develop one word at a time and that is perfectly okay. Don't give up and remember that parenting is not a race. Every child is different and develops at their own pace. If you are concerned about your child's speech, speak with your pediatrician. 

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ONE STEP AT A TIME

There is a big span on what is considered "normal" for walking. Some babies may begin taking steps at 9 months while others may wait until they are 17 months. If you are concerned about your baby's mobility, bring it up with your pediatrician. Holding both of your baby's hand while taking steps together or having your baby stand on your feet to feel what it's like to walk can motivate them to get moving. You can also offer praise and small snacks like cereal just out of reach of a standing baby to see if they'll step forward to try and get it. For more information on walking development visit: Your child's walking timeline | BabyCenter

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WATER PLAY

Water is one of the most unique substances. It can pore, drip, make things float and sink, and get things all wet! Letting your toddler explore the wonders of water can help them learn things like finger grasps, explore new sensations like hot and cold or wet and dry, and so much more! Give your toddler a bucket of water (in a waterproof area such as outside and with supervision) with items that can get wet like cups, spoons, and straws and watch them grow! For even more water fun head to this website: 25 Super Fun Water Activities For Toddlers And Preschoolers (momjunction.com)