Toddlers Development

What skills should a 1-year-old child be able to do?

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  • ACharles Schwartz, MD, Pediatrics, answered on behalf of Penn Medicine

    Your 1-year-old should be able to stand and take a few steps. He will eat food with his fingers. He will help with getting dressed with a parent and turn pages in a book. He will pretend to talk on the phone and use a hairbrush. He will babble and say the words mama and dada.

  • ARealAge answered
    Here are some things you should expect from your one-year-old:
    • Your child should recognize her name and look to you when you say it.
    • She should have at least one word in addition to mama and dada, even though you may be the only one who understands it.
    • She can pick up Cheerios (as well as stray buttons, dead bugs...) with two fingers -- and put them in her mouth.
    • She may be able to hold a cup to her mouth.
    • She knows "no."
    • First steps are taken!
    • Two naps begin to consolidate into one midday nap around this age.
    • Your child should be weaned off of pureed food at around 1 year; she can eat everything you eat if it is in chewable pieces (except potential allergens if there's a family history).
    • She's doing a good job of developing fine motor skills: banging objects, poking fingers, making marks on paper. No piano concertos just yet, but she's working on it.
  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    Here are the skills, traits, or habits a child will typically have developed by one year of age:

    Social and Emotional:

    • Shy with strangers (expression of this varies in intensity) and cries when parent leaves
    • Prefers regular caregivers to all others
    • Repeats sounds
    • Starts to imitate people during play
    • Explores objects by shaking, banging, and so on
    • Begins to use objects correctly, like holding cup to mouth
    • Begins to look at correct picture when object is named
    • Responds to simple verbal requests and commands, including "no"
    • Changes tone when babbling
    • Says "Dada" and "Mama" specifically
    • Tries to imitate words
    • Points to desired object
    Gross Motor:
    • Crawls forward on all fours (though some kids skip crawling, which is not necessary for normal motor or cognitive development)
    • Sits up on his own
    • Pulls himself up to stand
    • Walks holding on to furniture
    • Stands without support for a moment
    • May walk a few steps without support
    Fine Motor:
    • Puts objects in container and takes them out (between twelve and fifteen months)
    • May stack two objects and/or bang two objects together
    • Pokes with fingers
    • Tries to make a mark on paper
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