Speaking his first words
By about twelve months your baby will probably have one or more words in his vocabulary - and he'll know what they mean! After nearly a year spent learning how to manipulate his tongue, lips and palate, he'll now be able to make many vowel and consonant combinations which will help your baby to expand his vocabulary quickly. He'll also use inflection to communicate - by changing the tone of his voice at the end of a sentence you'll understand that he's asking a question. At this stage, he'll only be able to use single words in isolation and it will be some months before he can produce two or three word sentences - although even then he'll most likely be missing the linking words.
With a small handful of words under his belt, you can now stand back and be amazed by the speed at which he builds his vocabulary - by 18 months he'll know about 200 words and between 18 and 20 months he'll learn an amazing 10 words a day.
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You may find your once-good sleeper suddenly has become a little trickier to get between the sheets each night. At about twelve months, many young children have a rapidly expanding imagination and suddenly snuggling up in bed alone doesn't have quite the same appeal it once did. She's likely to begin using all manner of stalling tactics to keep you in her bedroom, or to keep herself out of bed. The best course of attack is to ascertain what the problem is (not always an easy thing to do given her limited means of communication) and then try a range of options - use a night light, leave the door open, softly play music, leave her with a book to read - may alleviate some of her anxiety.
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Getting support for sleep settling
If you and your baby have developed bedtime habits that you're finding hard to break - patting her, lying beside her, feeding her, rocking her - and you dream of being freed from the burden of being the only person who can get her to sleep, then you need to take action. However you tackle your baby's sleep problem, ensure that you and your partner are on the same page before you begin, as there's sure to be some tears spilt (possibly by you and your baby) before the bad habits are broken. Talk through your plan together and ensure you're both clear about what you're doing, what your goal is and the strategies you're going to use to get there. Hopefully, this will minimise the whispered arguments later on.
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz