12 months old

12 months

Your baby

  • Fill a box with different toys, stacking cups, blocks, soft toys etc and play putting things in the box and emptying them out
  • Build a tower of blocks, stacking cups etc and then knock it down - see if your baby can knock it down too (he or she is unlikely to be able to build it up yet)
  • Roll a ball to your baby and see if he or she can roll it back

Babies of this age…

  • May be standing or ‘cruising’ round the furniture
  • May be walking with hands held or beginning to take a few steps alone
  • Enjoy push-along toys
  • Can recognise known family and friends when they come into the room, even before they speak
  • Can point at familiar objects
  • Pick up tiny things
  • Respond to their name
  • May even say a word or two

Baby's first birthday

Happy birthday to baby! And congratulations to you. Your baby has grown and learnt so much during this year and is a real little person - no doubt getting cuter by the day!

Babies' development at a year

Babies of a year have usually trebled their birthweight. The average weight for a one-year-old boy is 10.04kg (22lb) and 9.5kg (around 21lb) for a girl.

Your baby may also have quite a few teeth - perhaps four in the top at the front and four at the bottom. Although, of course, all babies vary and some may not have any teeth yet! Most children have all their first (‘primary’) teeth - 10 at the top and 10 at the bottom - by the time they are 2½. Remember to start good habits early and clean baby’s teeth with a special brush and toothpaste. Ask your dentist when you should start bringing baby for check-ups.

At this age, babies are generally enjoying a wide range of foods. If you find difficulty with your baby eating meat, try the organic meat varieties in the HiPP range - they’re just the right consistency for babies and toddlers. Find out more about the foods in HiPP Organic range.

Make travelling easy

Some parents swap their heavyweight buggies and prams for a lightweight stroller so they can get out and about easily. When you are off visiting friends and family, just pop some Stage 3 HiPP Organic jars in your bag with a spoon or two. It‘s really easy just to take off the lid and give your baby a healthy, organic meal. Your baby can also enjoy HiPP Organic Growing up meals for babies but with no guilt (and, in their handy dish, without any washing up either!). If you are travelling abroad, HiPP Organic breakfasts are light to pack.

Immunisation time

Be prepared for a few tears – and most of these are likely to be yours – with your baby turning a year you will be offered some more immunisations.

Don’t be scared to discuss any concerns that you may have with your doctor or health professional – or to ask for more information or advice if you feel you need this. You are likely to feel more than a little guilty – particularly if your little one cries – but it is amazing how quickly a loving cuddle from mummy can soothe them and a special treat for being brave can also help too!

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