May make brief journeys away from parents to explore in familiar settings
You can help your 12-month-old develop skills through play:
Provide picture books.
Provide different stimuli, such as going to the mall or zoo.
Build vocabulary by reading and naming people and objects in the environment.
Teach hot and cold through play.
Provide large toys that can be pushed to encourage walking.
Have a play date with a child of a similar age.
Avoid television and other screen time until age 2.
Try using a transitional object to help with separation anxiety.
Feigelman S. The first year. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 8.
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.