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The Growth and Development of Your Baby

The Growth and Development of Your Baby

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Your baby at this age starts to walk alone and may also try to climb steps and run around. Play with your baby to encourage physical activity. However, make sure that you provide a safe place for him or her to move around.

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Let us look at the different aspects of your baby’s development at 12-18 months.

Physical Development- Progresses from standing to walking. Your baby might be able to walk alone and attempts to climb up steps and run. He or she manages corners and obstacles well. Your baby might pull toys along while walking, and can build towers of 3-5 blocks. He or she may drink from a glass or eat with the help of a spoon and may help you undress himself or herself

Language Development– Speaks 6 to 12 single words and can repeat last words of sentences. Your baby can point to someone to say what he or she wants. Your baby can also say words like “no” and shake his or her head to to mean “no”.

Contact your child’s doctor if you observe that your child:
• Cannot walk.
• Does not copy others or show any response if the caretaker leaves him or her or returns back.
• Has not learnt any new words.

Cognitive Development– Understands and follows one-step commands without any gestures such as sit when he or she says “sit down”. He or she scribbles by himself or herself and shows interest in dolls or other toy animals by playing pretend games such as pretending to feed the doll. Your baby understands what ordinary things (telephone, brush, etc.) are used for. He or she points to get the attention of others and can also point to a body part when named.

Emotional Development– Likes to do things without anyone’s help and wants to be more independent. Your baby shows affection to familiar people and may have temper tantrums.

Social Development – Clings to caregiver in new situations and feels shy or nervous with strangers. Babies at this stage like to explore alone, but want their parents to be near them. 1 He or she also joins in daily family routines.

Don’t hesitate to contact your child’s doctor for advice, if you are concerned about his or her growth and development.

The frequency of breastfeeding will now mainly vary with:

The type or energy density of food your child eats.

The amount of food your child eats.

Your baby’s desire and mood to breastfeed.

If you are feeding energy-dense complementary foods to your baby at least 3–4 times per day along with 1–2 snacks, you should nurse depending on your child’s appetite/demand, to fulfill the nutrition requirements.

If your child prefers to eat a variety of foods more often like mashed chapati, mashed rice and pulses, and other animal-source foods like eggs, mashed meat, yogurt, etc., then you may need to nurse less often.

You may choose to breastfeed at night and give complementary feeds through the day to adjust to your work schedule or according to your child’s desires.

Note: Amounts suggested are general guidelines and may differ depending on the age, sex and activity level. To get your child’s personalised diet plan please visit our Meal Planner

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