12 months old Milestone

Crawling, walking, talking… here’s what to expect.

The majority of children will achieve these development milestones by the time they turn 12 months. All children develop at different rates. Some children are slower than others (developmentally delayed) but catch up with time. Other children, however, may have an underlying problem that causes their development to be delayed, and they may not catch up.

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Evaluate your child with this checklist

It is important for these children to get as much treatment (early intervention) as possible. So if you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s development, see your child health nurse or doctor for help as soon as you can. If in doubt, it is better to have your concerns checked than to ‘wait and see’.

Gross Motor

  • Stand holding on, walk holding on
  • Cannot stand holding on
  • Crawl well
  • Pull to standing position
  • Pick up smaller objects well

Fine Motor

  • Pick up objects using tip of thumb and index finger
  • Grasp pencil and start to scribble

Talking & Understanding

  • Say 2 clear words
  • Shake head for ‘no’
  • Babble short sentences of six or more sounds
  • Babble frequently when alone (ie talk to self)
  • Listen with more interest to familiar words
  • Understand ‘no’
  • Understand individual words, like ‘drink’


  • Play ball with a stranger
  • Point at wanted objects
  • Play more complex games, like peek-a-boo
  • Make the first move to show affection
  • Wave ‘bye-bye’


  • Actively explore – lifting lids, looking around
  • Copy actions
  • Find hidden objects, like under a cup

Youthrive is providing this as general information only and it should not be relied upon as professional or medical advice. You should seek professional and medical advice for particular health concerns or manifestations. Our best efforts have been used to ensure this information is considered correct and current in accordance with accepted best practice in Queensland as at the date of production.

Originally produced by Child Development Network.