What To Expect?
Your cute baby has become a boy now. He looks so adorable that everyone passing by is just going to pull his cheeks and kiss him because of his cuteness. The way he walks, he sits, he stands, he eats, etc have all become very very adorable that you can stop looking at him and thinking how fast he has grown up from a tiny baby to a cute toddler.
From 12 Months onwards your baby will be developing his milestones very rapidly. One by one he will learn to walk fast, run, follow simple instructions, and try to talk, They like to do things on their own, try to eat their meals on their own, and express their feelings with his cute eyes and hands. You must have celebrated your baby’s first birthday very grandly by inviting all your friends and family members. He is a big boy now and will continue to grow into an adult within no time. Time flies very fast. You never knew how all those newborn and toddler memories have gone so fast. Take pictures of every movement of your baby and make an album.
Toddlers love traveling and going outside. They want to explore everything outside and they enjoy a lot seeing other children and people outside. When they are outside, like in a mall, park, or any other place, they forget about their toys, food, and water, and just want to explore and explore. So make sure you take them outside once or twice a week. Always talk to him and help him improve his communication skills, give him some tasks like telling him where the water bottle is, telling him to bring water, to keep toys in a box, to bring something, or to keep something in place. With this, his understanding and concentration power will increase a lot.
Some of the milestones which your baby will reach from 1-2 years are:-
1. Motor Skills:-
- Can walk fast and jump.
- Can climb stairs, bed, sofa, and chairs.
- Understands simple instructions.
- Improved hand and eye coordination.
- Can use a spoon and feeding bottle to feed himself.
- Can have snacks on his own.
- Can chew food properly and swallow.
- Can drop and pick objects very easily with his fingers.
- Your baby can now find hidden objects too.
- Loves to see pictures and images in books.
- Develops separation anxiety.
- Not afraid of loud sounds like the sound of pressure cooker whistle, grinder, etc
- Can drink liquids from a cup or a glass
- Loves to play with other babies and toddlers.
- Can clap his hands and play with his hands and legs.
- Can sit without support, roll, and dance.
- Can easily get frustrated or show temper tantrums.
- Can recognize themselves in a mirror.
- Seeks your comfort when afraid or when he wants something.
2. Sleeping Schedule:- Your baby will sleep at night straight for 10 to 12 hours waking up in between for one or two feeds if you continue breastfeeding feeding your baby at night. They won’t get up in between nights if you stop breastfeeding or stop giving milk at midnight. They may take 1 nap of one to two hours or 2 to 3 hours in the daytime after 1.5 years. If they are below 1.5 years then they may take two naps in the daytime. One nap after breakfast and the other after lunch. Teething, growth spurts, illness, and separation anxiety may cause sleep distractions. If your baby is not feeling well he may wake up crying. Make a routine at sleep time. Bath your baby and brush his teeth after dinner. Clean up his bed, give lots of kisses, turn off the light, read a story, or sing a song to make him sleep. If your baby is already tired he will sleep on his own when you turn off the light. Make sure there aren’t any pillows, stuffed animals, toys, or any electronic items near your baby when he is asleep. Don’t off all the lights, make sure you have a bed light which is very necessary to keep an eye on your baby when he is sleeping.
3. Feeding:- Your baby eats one to one-fourth cup of solid foods three times a day with 2 to 3 snacks in between. Snacks can be finger foods or any fruit. Make sure the snack is light so that the baby feels hungry at the main mealtime. Your baby still needs 2 cups of cow milk, breastmilk, or formula milk a day. If you are still breastfeeding, one cup or glass (250 ml) of cow milk is enough for your baby. Young age is the best time to introduce new foods and make a habit for your baby to eat everything like fish, bitter guard, beetroot, etc. Many adults and kids don’t like eating these foods because of their taste. If you give it to your baby once a week they will get used to its taste and eat it happily. Check here to know more about what foods to give and a diet chart at this age.
4. Height and Weight:- Congrats, your baby is just like a toddler now. You must be wondering how a tinny little newborn who was not even able to move his hands, head, and legs very freely is now an independent kid who can crawl, walk, run, catch, sit, and stand all by himself. His weight must have tripled at 12 months of age. Check here to know the exact height and weight of your baby from 1 to 2 years. Keep a regular check on your baby’s weight.
5. Communication and Vision:- Your baby can now point out some things and say a few words like water, daddy, mommy, grandpa, food, sweets, juice, etc. He loves to talk a lot and tries to imitate you. He can see all the colors and far away things. He can also see tiny things like ants, dirt, pebbles, etc. Your baby can now point out your family members with their names like a mummy, papa, dada, dadi, nana, Nani, khala, chacha, Chachi, baby, uncle, etc. He will also greet you when you come home or say bye-bye when you leave.
- Since your baby has mastered rolling, crawling, running, skidding, and standing, never leave your baby alone though you are in the next room busy with your stuff.
- Never place your baby on a chair or a bed when you are not with him. You may place him on a chair and go in another to bring something to your baby and he may fall before you come as he is still learning about his surroundings. Everything happens in one minute. So you cannot leave your baby for a minute too. Always keep an eye on him though he is busy playing with his toys.
- Give Vaccinations on time. Your baby might get a fever sometimes so take good care of him and don’t neglect vaccination. After one year u will have your next vaccination. So now your baby will be a little free from injections, pain, swelling, and fever.
- Encourage your baby to walk, run, jump, and dance. Massage him regularly or twice a week and leave him naked or diaper-free for some time. Natural air is the best healer for rashes or any skin problems.
- Keep your baby away from the stairs. They may fall from the stairs and hurt very badly. Lock the gates always.
- Since your baby is trying to learn to run and walk, they may fall several times, so don’t panic and encourage them to do more.
- Always maintain hygiene at home and keep all the dangerous items locked in cupboards like detergents, naphthalene balls, cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, etc.
- Keep a regular check on your baby’s height and weight. Give a healthy and fresh meal every day.
- Always keep baby Vicks, paracetamol drops, saline drops, and a thermometer handy. You should not rush for these things at the last moment.
- When you travel or go outside to a mall or restaurant, make sure you carry all the baby essentials like diapers, wipes, water, snacks, toys, towels, extra clothes, handkerchiefs, bibs, and a feeding bottle.
- Encourage him to play outside with other children and toddlers to improve his social and communication skills.
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