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11 to 12 Months

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{short description of image}"Each child is unique. While certain attitudes, behaviors, and physical milestones tend to occur at certain ages, a wide spectrum of growth and behavior for each age is normal. These guidelines are offered as a way of showing a general progression through the developmental stages rather than as fixed requirements for normal development at specific ages. It is perfectly natural for a child to attain some milestones earlier and other milestones later than the general trend. Keep this in mind as you review these milestones."

"If you have any concerns related to your child's own pattern of development, check with your pediatrician or family physician." Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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11 - 12 MONTHS

   -   Loves to stand alone.
   -   May walk unsteadily when led. May take first independent steps. Independent walking may start from 11-14 months. Will fall often while learning to walk.
   -   May push up from squatting position to stand independently.
   -   Can sit easily on a child sized chair.
   -   May crawl up and down stairs.
   -   Helps with dressing and undressing.
   -   Gives and takes objects. Prefers objects and toys that move. Holds one object in one hand and places another in his mouth or under his arm to free the other hand to hold something else.
   -   Loves to make noise.
   -   Uses a stick as a tool to get a toy out of reach. Likes to pound pegs with a hammer.
   -   May repeat simple phrases.
   -   May utter “dada” or “mama”.
   -   Enjoys singing and listening to music.
   -   Enjoys water play.
   -   May insist on feeding himself.
   -   Begins to be less cooperative and more resistive.
   -   Continues to enjoy simple games.
   -   Favors certain toys and shows affection for them.
   -   Imitates the use of objects as he sees others use them like the telephone.
   -   Is very interested in what adults are doing.
   -   Loves to open and close cabinet doors and empty contents.
   -   Waves “bye bye”.
   -   May resist naps because busy learning, exploring, and playing.
   -   Plays next to, not with another child (parallel play).
   -   Experiences stranger or separation anxiety.
   -   Loves an audience.
   -   May begin having temper tantrums when he can't have his way.

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