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Your amazing baby at 1 year: walking, helping and more

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Young girl holding first birthday sign

By the end of the first year, your baby will reach these important developmental milestones:

  • Is shy around strangers
  • Cries when Mom or Dad leave 
  • Has favorite things and people
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Hands you a book to hear a story
  • Sticks out an arm or leg to get dressed
  • Plays peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake
  • Responds to simple requests and follows simple directions
  • Uses simple gestures, like shaking head "no" and waving goodbye
  • Tries to mimic your words
  • Explores things by shaking, banging and throwing
  • Easily finds hidden things
  • Looks at a picture when its named
  • Starts to use things correctly, like a cup to drink or a brush for hair
  • Pulls up, walks around holding onto furniture
  • May stand on own or take a few steps

Call your doctor if your baby:

  • Doesn't crawl
  • Doesn't search for things you hide
  • Doesn't say single words, like "mama" or "dada"
  • Doesn't point to things
  • Loses skills he once had

If you don't have a doctor or would like a free developmental screening, call HomeSafe at 561-383-9800 or 2-1-1 and ask for Help Me Grow.

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1 year milestones)


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