Baby Development at 12+ Months

Most babies say their first word (not counting "mama" or "dada") around their first birthday.

Sight:  Vision is quite well developed and a fine distinction can be made between hues.  Babies of this age still prefer bright colors and also enjoy photographs, especially pictures of people who are close to them.

Hearing:  At this age, Baby can distinguish not only intonations, but also words in a sentence.  Baby begins to try to reproduce word sounds he hears.  Great pleasure is derived from hearing his own noises and music stimulates baby to move his body.

Touch:  Everything goes in the mouth!  Baby has progressed from “reflex” touch to deliberate reach and touch movements.

Smell and Taste:  At this age a baby's diet changes from strictly formula and/or breast milk to solid foods.  New textures, flavors and smells are introduced to baby on a continuous basis during these 6 months.  Baby is learning so much!