Milestones by the End of the 12th Month
Sight, Sound, and Speech
Watch ListEach baby develops at her own rate. Although milestones are listed for certain times in a baby's development, your baby will follow her own course. Call your baby's health care provider if your baby shows any of the following signs of possible delay in the 8 to 12 month range:
The best thing you can do as a parent is to develop a strong and close relationship with your baby. This relationship is the foundation of her learning and her healthy growth and development. You know your baby better than anyone else. If you have any concerns about your baby's development and behavior, be sure to discuss your concerns with her health care provider.
*Separation anxiety is one of the first emotional milestones your baby will reach. It is not a sign that you have spoiled your baby! It means she has developed a healthy relationship with you and, for the first time in her life, can tell the difference between familiar and unfamiliar situations. Separation anxiety usually peaks between 10 and 18 months, and fades during the last half of the second year.
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