Development Tips: 10 to 12 Months

  • Have your child pull up along furniture and step along, “cruising” on his own.
  • Pots, pans, mixing bowls, and spoons make economical entertainment.
  • Demonstrate one step toys, i.e., 1 piece form board, busy box, peg board.
  • Present “pull” toys and demonstrate pulling the string to retrieve the toy.
  • Encourage your child to imitate all kinds of movement (funny faces, hand clapping, waving).
  • Name familiar toys for your child, point to them, then let him hold or touch them.
  • Have your child point to familiar objects.
  • Encourage gestural language such as waving “bye-bye” and “hi,” or shaking head “no” or “yes.”
  • Provide your child with the opportunity to begin making choices by presenting him with 2 toys from which to select.

Remember: The best way for your child to learn is by playing with him. Decide on what behaviors and activities you want to increase and then encourage them through play. Children do tire often and, if this happens, stop the activity before he begins to lose interest. Children of all ages become bored with activities so be prepared to change the game often.