12 Months Parenting Instructions

Parenting Tips for 1 Year of Age

Injury Prevention:

  • At 1 year of age the child may have started crawling; some may even start walking. Measures for injury prevention
  • Take measures of safety such as preventing falls, as the child may venture into unsafe areas.
  • Change to toddler car safety seat; the backseat should face forward.
  • Safety cap use for medication; store medicines at a higher place than the child can reach; lock medications up.
  • Prevent electrical injuries; make sure that the electrical outlets are covered.
  • Measures to prevent suffocation: keep plastic bags and balloons away from the reach of children at 1 year of age.


  • Assist with brushing teeth in the morning and at night. The last drink to consume should be water after drinking milk or juice.
  • Never leave the child in a bathtub unsupervised.
  • Toilet training: do not push to institute toilet training at this age as the child is usually not ready for toilet training.

Feeding and Nutrition at 1 Year of Age:

  • Introduce cup.
  • Try to wean of bottle.
  • Self-feeding: start encouraging self feeding even if it takes longer.
  • Encourage use of cup and spoon.
  • Use short feeding sessions.
  • Avoid foods like peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, and hard candy which could potentially cause a chocking episode.

Weight gain at 1 year of age

Slower gain in weight compared to previous months rate of growth is very common between 1 and two years of age. This usually causes a great concern for parents; this is normal and do not push the child to eat more.

Parenting Practices

Child is able to understand instructions such as "no" at this age. These disciplinary actions should be consistent with facial expression displayed by parents. Do not say "no" and laugh at the same time. Children at this age are very capable of reading facial expressions. Talk to the child as often as possible. Limit the time in front of television even at this age.

Immunization at 1 year of age:

The following immunizations are provided at 1 year of age: MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis A, Prevnar, and Hib.

Language Development at 1 Year of Age:

At 1 year of age the child is usually speaks 1 word.

Behavior Problems at 1 Year of Age:

The following behavior problems are encountered at 1 year of age:
  • Temper tantrums
  • Breath-holding
  • Head-banging
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Whining