10 to 12 Month Motor Milestones to Look For

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See the 8 different motor milestones baby should be reaching by 12 months old. There is a clip of each milestone so you can see the different motor milestones for baby. To see more milestones and videos visit our 10 to 12 months age page.

As always, our content is validated with American Academy of Pediatrics findings and reviewed by pediatric therapists.

By 12 months, baby should:

  • Releases objects into a container with a large opening
  • Takes several independent steps
  • Moves in and out of various positions to explore environment and get desired toys
  • Stands alone
  • Pulls to stand and cruises along furniture
  • Uses thumb and pointer finger to pick up tiny objects
  • Maintains balance in sitting when throwing objects
  • Claps hands

Pathways.org milestones video series helps parents and caregivers track their baby’s development and detect possible delays.

Pathways.org provides FREE tools to maximize all children’s motor, sensory, and communication development.

Use Pathways.org resources to track baby’s milestones and help identify potential early feeding difficulty. If you notice your baby is not meeting their 10-12 months motor milestones, contact their health care provider.

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