You may be getting little glimpses of the toddler struggling
to emerge from the baby. These little glimpses will become
larger from here on, so use them as a reminder to enjoy
the baby days that are left. What a year it has been! You
have probably learnt more in this year than you have for
a very long time, never mind how much baby has changed from
that tiny helpless being that you first held a year ago.
Partly it will seem like just yesterday that your baby was
brand new. But it may also feel as though it’s been
a long and tough year. Every time you get the hang of one
stage, the next stage is already emerging. It’s exhausting!
Yet, think how much fun you have had.
The dropping game
Baby’s cleverest new trick is probably the dropping
trick. The discovery that if you hold something up and then
let go, it falls to the ground, is a source of much baby
giggling. But even better is the discovery that any adult
in the vicinity is likely to pick up the dropped item. So
that baby can drop it again! And again! It seems that babies
never tire of this game, or at least their interest in playing
carries on well beyond the patience levels of most sane
adults! Believe it or not, your baby is learning a lot from
this game. The fine motor skill of actually dropping something.
The idea of cause and effect. The concept of something existing
even when you can’t see it. And let is not forget,
early lessons in controlling of parents! So enjoy the fun
for as long as you can manage it.
Driven by frustration
This is a baby who has other ways of keeping parents under
control. No doubt baby has a few choice gestures that clearly
tell mom and dad what baby requires. The frustration when
you do not respond appropriately can be hard to live with,
but remember that frustration is what drives baby to learn
new skills. The temptation to make baby’s life as
easy as possible is strong for parents. So dashing around
to try and figure out what baby wants is common. As is putting
baby is a walker every time their lack of mobility is bothering
them. Try and restrain yourself from intervening too early.
It’s fine line because you don’t want baby sobbing
with rage, as can happen. But by the same token you are
slowing baby’s learning process by making life too
Twelve months old - Achievements
Twelve months old - Normal behaviour