Developmental Milestones: The First Year
In the first 12 months your baby is learning and developing important skills ...
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At this stage, your child is starting to develop a sense of identity by using gestures to communicate, and vocalising rather than crying for attention. The word “no” starts to become something they understand in addition to a sense of “me” and “mine”. Your child may display the following behaviours throughout this stage:
Standing alone with limited support
Scribbling with a crayon using their palm
Picking things up with their finger and thumb
Using building blocks to make a small tower
Eating with a spoon and drinking from a cup with limited support
Bending down to pick up objects and standing back up without falling
Using words and gestures becomes more common at this stage, as children are able to point to pictures of common objects (such as a dog), and know where things are or belong. They also start to understand the difference between “you” and “me”. They might:
By two years of age, children learn to avoid simple hazards such as stoves, stairs, etc. Their sense of identity is quite well-established in terms of name, gender and place in the family.
They also show a keen interest in learning at this age, often asking, “What’s that?”
They freely use the word “I” but still refer to themselves by their first name.
At this age, your child may:
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