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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.

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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.

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