Your baby is 1 year old. Congratulations!
Respect is vital to parenting, but the word can confuse us, especially when it comes to setting limits with toddlers. Children need lots of opportunities to be independent and have their choices respected. They also need to know they’re not in charge. Demonstrate your authority in a kind, gentle manner and talk to your baby using positive language. Set basic limits and let your child make simple decisions. Give her two or three options, and let her choose. This builds up her confidence and self-esteem.
What to Expect at 1 Year Old
• Your baby’s babbling is beginning to sound more like talking–she says “mama” and she really means it. She is also beginning to learn the names of things.
• By now your baby may be moving around the house quickly. She may be standing by herself, walking while holding on to furniture, or walking well on her own. She loves to push and pull things and is getting stronger every day.
• Your baby is a busy explorer. She enjoys holding, stacking, and playing with toys. Your baby is using her fingers with more skill now. She will point with her index finger and pick up tiny bits of cereal with her thumb and finger.
Activities to Help Your Child Grow and Learn
• Your baby loves to go for walks and see new things. Talk to her about what you are seeing. In an open area, let your baby push her own stroller; she will enjoy the feeling of power as she moves something big all by herself.
• Play with blocks, shape sorters, and other toys that encourage your child to use her hands.
• Your baby is always learning from you. Show her how she should treat and respond to others through your own actions and words.
Resources for Parents
We have some great resources for parents in this community, including free and low-cost parenting classes. Sierra Nevada Children’s Services and The Nest are two great places to start. Check out 211’s Children & Youth guided search page for information about all kinds of local programs for families.
Or give us a call at 2-1-1 (or 877-847-0499). We look forward to talking with you!
ASQ-3 Learning Activities, Elizabeth Twombly and Ginger Fink