Your twelve-month-old baby

Fine motor skills

She loves to experiment and mealtime with its food is no exception. She'll dip her fingers into apple sauce and smear it onto her tray. She'll slap the squash hunks. At the same time, she is learning to feed herself. You can confine the mess by putting a bib or hand towel on her and an old shower curtain under her chair. Stand back and enjoy.

shape puzzleNew ability this month -- he can put together simple shape frame puzzles. The same dexterity allows him to take lids off containers and open cabinet doors.

Do you wonder if she's left handed or right handed? She may show preference for one hand. Try placing a toy in front of her. Does she always reach with her right hand? If so place that toy to the left and see if she reaches way over there to get it with her right hand. Yes? Chances are, that is her dominant hand.

Note: These milestones may first appear this month. It's normal for them to happen later. Worried your little one isn't developing normally? Check out these developmental red flags.

The big picture

Enjoy your animated toddler. Her growth will slow down. Will development? No! By 2 years, your toddler will be able to run, talk, jump, use a fork, sing a song, speak in sentences, scribble on paper, solve complex problems, pretend and a lot more! Expect the next year to be amazing, too!

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