View the CDC Typical Milestones for this age group
What most babies do at 12 months
Social and Emotional
Is shy or nervous with strangers
Cries when mom or dad leaves
Has favorite things and people
Shows fear in some situations
Hands you a book when he wants to hear a story
Repeats sounds or actions to get attention
Puts out arm or leg to help with dressing
Plays games such as "peek-a-boo" and "pat-a-cake"
Responds to simple spoken requests
Uses simple gestures, like shaking head "no" or waving "bye-bye"
Makes sounds with changes in tone (sounds more like speech)
Says "mama" and "dada" and exclamations like "uh-oh!"
Tries to say words you say
Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
Explores things in different ways, like shaking, banging, throwing
Finds hidden things easily
Looks at the right picture or thing when it's named
Starts to use things correctly; for example, drinks from a cup, brushes hair
Bangs two things together
Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
Lets things go without help
Pokes with index (pointer) finger
Follows simple directions like "pick up the toy"
Gets to a sitting position without help
Pulls up to stand, walks holding on to furniture ("cruising")
May take a few steps without holding on
May stand alone