If you’ve made it through baby’s first year, you deserve a huge pat on the back! There’s a learning curve to parenting, and those first twelve months are full of ups and downs for mom and dad—along with some pretty cool baby milestones for your little one.
Looking at your one-year-old, it’s hard not to be awestruck; the amount of development that happens in such a short period of time is truly incredible. Your baby has gone from being completely dependent on you, to laughing, sitting up, crawling, cruising and maybe even walking! It won’t be long before she’s talking and gaining even more independence. Now’s the time to enjoy this age because—as you’ve probably come to realize—it goes far too quickly!
Here are four amazing things about having a one-year-old.
Gazing into your baby’s eyes is one thing, but gazing into your one-year-old's eyes is completely different. Your one-year-old is more aware than ever before, and there’s so much she wants to do. At this point, your little one will probably delight in games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake. She may be starting to really enjoy books—pointing at pictures and drawings as you flip the pages. Take advantage of the fun interactions now that you’re through baby’s first year. This is the time when you start to discover her personality—along with her likes and dislikes.
Of course, your one-year-old probably isn’t seeking in full sentences—or even using many words. If anything, she may be able to say mama or dada. But you’ve probably noticed that she’s babbling more than ever before. It’s so sweet—and an indicator of what’s to come! Over the next year your little one will develop more language, and become more engaged. You can help her progress by talking and engaging with her—even if it’s as simple as pointing out a dog on the street, or the color of her shirt. Have conversations, giggle, and take a moment to relish in her adorable little baby voice. It’s something you’ll want to bottle and keep forever.
Do you remember when you had that infant you wrapped up in a swaddle and put in the crib? Those days are so far gone. Now, your one-year-old can do so many incredible things that just didn’t seem possible twelve months ago. Her pincer grasp is probably pretty developed, and she may be able to hold items as tiny as a raisin. Take advantage of her skills—and really indulge in how fun she’s become!
The Birthday Party
This post wouldn’t be complete without a mention of birthday parties! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for—the first birthday party. Of course, at this point it’s more about the parents than the child—and you may find yourself inviting more of your friends than hers. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have fun too! There are so many cute ideas for a first birthday party on Pinterest—including the always popular smash cake. Take advantage of all the online resources out there—whether you’re planning a big event or something very small, have some fun with the planning. This is one of the baby milestones you should be celebrating!
We’d love to hear what you love about your one-year-old. Let us know in the comments!