Your Baby's Growth: 12 Monthsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-yourBabysGrowth12mo-enHD-AR1.pngYour baby is almost a toddler! Here's what to expect with your little one's growth and weight this month.12 months, twelve, 1, one, one year old, breast-feeding, 12-month-olds, grow, growing, development, formula-feeding, length, long, measurements, 12 month olds, sizes, shapes, percentile, premature babies, body fat, rolls of fat, height, head circumferences, bowel movements, 1 year olds, general pediatrics, endocrinology, endocrine, neonatology, neonatal, chubby baby, overweight baby, growth chart, CD1Endocrinology03/14/201508/30/201908/30/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD08/27/2019a87d9177-7f84-464a-8d42-297c3efe85ffhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-12mos.html/<p>Your baby has grown a lot in this first year of life, and more than doubled his or her birth weight.</p> <h3>Is My Baby Growing Normally?</h3> <p>Your doctor has measured your baby's weight, length, and head size (circumference) since birth and put them on a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-charts.html/">growth chart</a>. This is where to look first if you have questions about your baby's growth.</p> <p>When you look at the growth chart with the doctor, compare your baby's growth with his or her own growth pattern, not with the growth of other babies. As long as your baby's growth is steady, there's usually no reason to worry.</p> <p>If you're concerned about your baby's weight or growth, talk with your doctor, who might ask:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Has your baby been sick?</strong> A couple days of not feeling well, especially if combined with <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>, can lead to weight loss. The weight will come back when your little one feels better.</li> <li><strong>Is your baby on the move?</strong> Crawling, cruising, and walking burn calories, so weight gain might be less with this mobility.</li> <li><strong>Is your baby more interested in playing peek-a-boo or dropping the spoon on the floor than eating? </strong>The world is a fascinating place, and your almost-toddler is learning more every day. Try not to distract your baby during mealtime. Also watch for signs that your little one has eaten enough.</li> <li><strong>Are you introducing the right kinds of foods?</strong> As your baby gets better at eating, pay more attention to the texture and types of foods you serve. Your child might have lost interest in pur&eacute;ed baby foods. Instead, serve soft table foods and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finger-foods.html/">finger foods</a> that are safe and fun.</li> </ul> <h3>What About a Baby Who Gains Weight Fast?</h3> <p>Parents may wonder: Can babies gain too much weight? But only a few babies and toddlers are overweight. In those cases, advice from the baby's doctor can help.</p> <p>Never skip feedings. But do watch for signs from your baby that he or she is full. Make sure your baby's calories come from nutritious sources &mdash; like fruits, vegetables, and fortified cereals. Breast milk or formula should still be the main source of nourishment in the first year of life.</p> <p>Get down on the rug with your baby and encourage <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move812m.html/">physical activity</a>, making sure that your little one has a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/">safe space</a> to move around in. Limit time spent in car seats, strollers, and playpens.</p> <p>One of the best things you can do for your baby is to eat well and be physically active yourself. Your baby has a better chance of growing up fit if good health habits are part of the family's way of life. You'll be a good role model &mdash; and have the energy to keep up!</p> <h3>What's Next?</h3> <p>In the coming year, expect your baby's growth to slow down. As your <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grow12yr.html/">toddler</a> becomes more and more active, it's likely that the "baby fat" will fall away and your baby will get longer and thinner.</p>El crecimiento de su bebé: 12 mesesSu bebé ha crecido mucho en este primer año de vida, y pesa más del doble que cuando nació.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/growth-12mos-esp.html/045e6f70-0bc7-4fdb-ac42-98b104d3f652
Communication and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldBabies this age might be about to say their first words, and communicate using body language. Read more about communicating with your baby.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/c812m.html/eadfc27c-ea4e-4cd4-ac58-b4a94c0ef022
Feeding Your 8- to 12-Month-OldAt this age, babies start to explore table foods.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed812m.html/381bc385-9743-4a54-852b-2f1e90078b86
Finger Foods for BabiesWhen they're around 9 months old, babies can begin feeding themselves. Find out which foods are safe, healthy options and which should not be served to little ones.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/finger-foods.html/145b9ec0-a8ba-4fb5-b63a-09d563c71b48
Learning, Play, and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldYour baby is learning more about the world through play and is beginning to use words. Keep those toys and games coming!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn812m.html/55bb6c92-9363-4394-924f-04470e0f1a72
Medical Care and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldAs your baby becomes more independent, you may have questions about how to prevent bumps and bruises. Here are some other topics you'll cover with your doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/med812m.html/3e2e23a4-6e5f-415b-b0a6-b2c5d10115c9
Movement, Coordination, and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldFrom scooting to crawling to cruising, during these months, babies are learning how to get around.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move812m.html/1222b2c2-6ba5-4c43-82df-ea77f479abd8
Sleep and Your 8- to 12-Month-OldSleep problems are common in the second half of a baby's first year. It's best to respond to your baby's needs with the right balance of concern and consistency.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sleep812m.html/5960b3ac-c3d8-4e3f-8e32-81814a060297
Your Baby's Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 12 MonthsHere's how you can stimulate your baby's senses and provide a safe environment for exploration.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/senses-12mos.html/f6d611c8-3701-490a-a63b-105edc38f08d
Your Child's Checkup: 1 Year (12 Months)Find out what this doctor's visit will involve and what your baby might be doing by the first birthday.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-1-yr.html/05c4f8db-c67f-42e8-ac53-cc3ca381b1f2
Your Child's GrowthFrom the moment parents greet their newborn, they watch the baby's progress eagerly. But how can they tell if their child is growing properly?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-growth.html/d60bcd07-9dd4-4e2e-ac04-dbf4ca8804a7
Your Child’s Development: 1 Year (12 Months)Doctors use milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. Here are some things your little one might be doing this month.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/development-12mos.html/e2c022bc-784d-4812-93b5-41b102feff2a
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