From ten to 12 months old, your baby is learning something new every day. During this period, he or she's on the verge of walking, talking and many other milestones. Read on to learn what to expect from your baby at this stage.

During the last few months before your child's first birthday, he or she likely will say his first word (besides "mama" and "dada"). You should also be poised with your video recorder or smartphone at all times because your baby is also ready to take his first steps.

by 10 months old^

  • Communicates with pointing and other hand gestures
  • Masters crawling and cruises regularly
  • Responds to name
  • Says "mama" and "dada" to appropriate parent
  • Stands unassisted for a few seconds
  • Use thumb-finger pincer grasp

by 11 months old^

  • Jabbers word-like sounds
  • Knows the meaning of the word "no"
  • Places toys and objects into a bin
  • Plays patty-cake and peek-a-boo
  • Says at least one word other than "mama" and "dada"
  • Understands one-step instructions

by 12 months old^

  • Imitates parent's activities
  • Says two or three words other than "mama" and "dada"
  • Scribbles with crayon
  • Takes a few steps without assistance
  • Understands and responds to simple instructions

How to nurture development

Continue to play and read with your baby on a daily basis. It's also important that you let him or her try to walk. Childproof your home and allow him or her to cruise around as much as possible. Walk with your hands in his or her hands so he or she can grow more confident in letting go of furniture. Your child will be walking and talking before you know it.

Cause for concern

Some babies begin to walk before 12 months, while others take a few more months. So don't panic if your little one misses a couple of the milestones for this stage. However, if your baby falls significantly behind, you should talk to your pediatrician about an evaluation. Occupational, physical and speech therapy can work wonders for children, particularly young kids under age three.

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