Let's Get Physical
At 1, your baby will likely be able to wave bye-bye, point to what he wants, and begin to use a cup and spoon. And even if he has not yet taken his first steps, as the months fly by, he'll proceed from cruising around the coffee table to wobbling to scaling his crib and zipping from room to room.
As his physical coordination improves, "he'll learn to navigate stairs, scribble with crayons, and build a sturdy block tower," says Dr. Ramey. This is the time to rethink, and reinforce, your babyproofing strategies. "Physical ability often dovetails with a fierce need for independence," says Dr. Ramey. Not only will your child be capable of more sophisticated and dangerous feats, he'll also be much more likely to pursue them.