There are many milestones in physical, emotional and learning development of a one year old. Each child is individual, and developmental milestones should not be compared. Children can reach milestones early or late.
Physical Milestones of a One Year Old
- Child is more mobile. Child will be able to crawl, then walk.
- Child is completely weaned soon after their first birthday.
- Child will be able to hold and drink from a cup.
- Child will be able to figure out how an object is stuck and how to maneuver it free.
- Child will be able to stack two or three blocks.
- Child will show an interest in using a spoon himself or herself.
- Child is able to keep himself or herself awake. May resist bedtime.
Learning Milestones of a One Year Old
- Child will become intrigued with animals and may imitate animal sounds.
- Child listens closely to those around him or her and starts to imitate words.
- Child will come to know what certain words mean and be able to retrieve objects when asked.
- Child will be able to follow simple commands.
- Child will start saying more words.
- Child becomes more curious about his or her environment.
- Child can answer questions that have a “yes” or “no” answer.
Emotional Milestones of a One Year Old
- Child this age will cry when they feel parents or other caregivers are unhappy with them.
- Child shows an interest in watching adults or older children write. Child may like to have chubby crayons and paper to scribble on.
- Child is able to display affection to those he or she loves. Can give hugs and kisses upon request.
- Child is able to display fear or anger at objects or individuals.
- Child attaches himself or herself to a security object.
- Child feels more secure when placed on a schedule, or routine.
When to Contact a Pediatrician
Contact your child’s pediatrician if your child is showing any of the following signs or conditions:
- Child is unable to say a few words by 18 months of age.
- Child is unable to point at pictures in a book.
- Child is unresponsive to games such as peek-a-boo, pat a cake.