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Milestones your 1-year-old baby should reach

Your baby has just turned 1. Congratulations! You have made it through the first year of parenthood. This is a big milestone for you and your little one. Midwife Pippa Hime looks at what you can now expect from your child.


By now your 1-year-old baby may be walking with or without support. He will gesture and point to things he wants and will be making word-like sounds. He may have a few more words to add to ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’. He will love putting things in and out of boxes and stacking objects. He will start to imitate you and he loves messy, interactive play.

He may also start being more aware of his body and point to his nose if you ask him to. It is important to start teaching him manners, so be sure to mind your P’s and Q’s. Ask him to help pick up his toys at the end of the day.

ALSO SEE: How to teach your child manners

Your baby’s first year milestones


Your 1-year-old baby should comfortably sit and play for extended amounts of time. He should be able to stand unaided and be almost, if not already, taking steps. Your baby should already have, or start to, get a couple of teeth.


Your baby should start to babble a lot and even say ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’ and possibly another word or two. He should be able to understand simple commands and direct you to what he wants or doesn’t want.

ALSO SEE: How to develop your baby’s language skills

5 “lesser known” milestones your 1-year-old baby should be able to do:

  • Wind themselves
  • Sit on the hip when carried around
  • Sit in the trolley at the supermarket
  • Move into a front-facing car seat

What should my 1-year-old baby be eating?

Your 1-year-old child may become too busy to eat, especially when he starts walking. It is a good idea to start having meals together with your toddler. The social side of eating makes meal times fun. Try sitting together to eat, and have a variety of finger foods available so they can pick and eat as they please. It is great to expose your child to a wide variety of tastes, flavours and textures from a young age – so avoid the mush, and encourage whole foods. Volume wise we are looking at around a half a cup of finger food a meal.

ALSO SEE: First finger foods

What should my 1-year-old baby’s schedule look like?

Your baby should now start to move onto 2 naps a day – a morning nap and an afternoon nap. He should be on 3 meals a day with 2 snacks. Your day should (roughly) look like this:

  • 6-7am: wake up and milk feed (breast or bottle)
  • 8am: breakfast
  • Playtime
  • 10am: snack
  • 10am-12 noon: nap
  • 12 noon: lunch
  • Playtime
  • 2pm: snack
  • 2-3.30pm: nap
  • Playtime
  • 5pm: supper
  • 6pm: bath time
  • 7pm: milk feed and bed!
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