• Physical Development & Motor Skills for One-Year-Olds

    Posted by Admin Dino, November 8, 2012

    New skills are continuously and speedily developing when your baby reaches the 12 month age. While manipulating toys in new ways, she will find clever new games to play with you.

    At one year, your baby will probably know what many things are for but she won't yet have mastered their use. She may 'comb' her hair with the wrong side of the comb, or struggle to scoop some food in her spoon and then tip most of it out again before it reaches her mouth. You'll still need to feed her most of the time. Most babies fare a little better with their cup, although this too can be messy.
    By now your baby will be able to imitate repetitive actions like waving bye-bye, although typically (and frustratingly) just as your visitor turns away. Pat-a-cake is another favorite game at about a year, as she is now able to voluntarily open her hands and co-ordinate bringing them together. But she may have to wait a few years yet until she masters flamenco.

    More power to her arm
    By the time she gets to 15 months your toddler may be able to copy a tower of two bricks though she probably still finds it more fun to knock yours down. She's learnt that flat sides balance best, and that squaring up the bricks stops the finished product looking like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And her arms are sufficiently under her control to allow her to place the top brick.

    But her arms still mostly move in one plane at a time. Give her a crayon and she may hold it in her fist and draw backwards and forwards over some paper if you show her how, but she won't be able to go around in circles or make dots, those complicated arm movements are beyond her at this tender age.

    At 15 months your baby will explore toys to see how they can be used, banging, poking, shaking, rolling and pushing them. She'll start to use them as tools if she can. By now she'll seldom put things in her mouth, but will stare intently at things that interest her. The more buttons, dials, sounds and sensations a toy has the more she'll love it. And now that she's mobile, she'll want to get hold of everything that she can get at. Watch out!