Development Milestones – 12 Months


months years
0–12 12 14 15 18 22 24 30 3 4 5

Gross motor development
(How Your Baby Moves)

Fine motor development
(How Your Baby Uses His Hands)

Language development

  • Takes independent steps
  • Grasps objects between thumb and index finger
  • Turns pages a few at a time
  • Speaks two to three words
  • Points in response to words

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 14-month milestones:

  • Walks independently
  • Builds tower of two blocks
  • Makes marks with a crayon
  • Names one object
  • Follows command without gestures or prompts; e.g., “Bring me the book”

Problem Solving Development

Psychosocial: Emotional Development

Psychosocial: Social Development

  • Removes lid on a container to find a toy
  • Exhibits shyness
  • Displays empathy
  • Provides self-comfort
  • Plays mostly alone (solitary play)
  • Separation anxiety continues
  • Begins forming relationships

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 14-month milestones:

  • Puts two blocks into one hand to take a third one with the other hand
  • Exhibits shyness
  • Displays empathy
  • Provides self-comfort
  • Plays mostly alone (solitary play)
  • Separation anxiety continues
  • Begins forming relationships

Psychosocial: Adaptive Development

Eating: Motor Skills Development
Milestones apply for ages 1 to 2 years

Eating: Social and Personal Skills Development
Milestones apply for ages 1 to 2 years

  • Cooperates with dressing
  • Drinks from cup
  • Starts to use a spoon and fork
  • Spills most of his food
  • Uses his fingers to pick up foods (so serve finger foods!)
  • Drinks from a cup
  • May want to feed you
  • Becomes more independent; too busy to eat
  • Able to gesture or ask for food if hungry
  • Appetite seems to decrease

Is your child ahead of schedule? Check the 14-month milestones:

  • Cooperates with dressing
  • Drinks from cup
  • Starts to use a spoon and fork
  • Spills most of his food
  • Uses his fingers to pick up foods (so serve finger foods!)
  • Drinks from a cup
  • May want to feed you
  • Becomes more independent; too busy to eat
  • Able to gesture or ask for food if hungry
  • Appetite seems to decrease

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