Congratulations! It is finally here, one year. You should be a proud mama. It may seem like just yesterday when you were worried about your baby’s development at one month. You and your baby definitely deserve a celebration. He is now about to become a toddler. 


  • Walking – If your baby isn’t already walking, he might do it soon. He will engage in a lot of activity as he is now able to keep himself entertained.
  • Ball of energy – You will notice that he engages in noisy, energetic activities. 
  • Speech – Finally you’ll no longer feel like you’re talking to yourself. Communication is now two way and you will find that he/she enjoys your conversations.

 It is advisable that you start teaching your child things that will help him in future. Teach him how to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ rather than demanding. You will also need to caution him/her when he is doing things like throwing, pushing and knocking everything down. Now that he can tell when you’re sad or happy, he might know when to stop the fun!

What to Expect 

His communication has greatly improved. He can now point, wave, nod, and attempt to talk. Let’s get a little deeper into what your baby’s first year has in store for your child. 

  • Music – You will notice your baby bouncing to music. He also may be able to follow simple instructions such as “give me the phone” or “come back”. Your baby has come full circle. He can now sit, stand, walk, understand speech, and talk back. 
  • SleepingIt may be harder to get your baby to sleep now. He is more aware and loves being active. However, you will not experience this if you already have an established sleep schedule. Your baby should be sleeping at least 3 hours during the day and 11 hours at night.  
  • FeedingFeeding is so much easier now because your baby can eat pretty much eat what you eat. It only needs to be soft enough to chew and nutritious then its okay. It is much easier to also plan meals. He should also be able to feed himself well by now. Give him at least three solid meals each day to help his growth. 
  • EmotionsYour baby is becoming more emotional. Once he notices that your react to his crying, it will be his new way of communicating. Remember that he has learned to both give and notice different emotions such as anger, fear, and caution.  
  • WeightYour baby is probably three times his birth weight and 10 inches longer. 


#Remember that every baby develops differently. Do not be afraid to ask as many questions as you need answers in regards to your baby. Have a great time planning his first birthday. 

# Content intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor.

Last reviewed January 2019

Sources: raisingchildren, babycentre, pregnancybirthbaby, thebump

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