Your 12 Month Old Baby
Your 12 month old baby is either very close to walking or nearly there. Sometimes it can be closer to 18 months, but don't worry about it.
Your child must follow their own schedule. The sense of independence that comes from being able to move at will is very important to your child's development and self esteem.
Over the course of this next whole year, your baby will be making the transition from focusing on physical independence to emotional independence.
While the ability to run away from you is exhilirating for your child, it also comes with some apprehension and concern from an emotional perspective.
He or she has to deal with feelings
of separateness and the prospect or the potential of being physically away from you and perhaps other familiar people.
Medium arc and short arc energy expenditures are similar to the previous age ranges, and hopefully they will have become pretty much routine by now.
These arcs of energy development are important not only so you can see where your child has come and where they are, but also where they are going over the long term, like the next year or two.
Historical Energy Influence
The historical energy significance for a 12 month old baby is really that it provides contrast between what was before and what is happening now.
If before your child was unable to move and get the object or toy that he wanted, he would have been dependent on you or someone else to get it for him. Now that he has mobility, he can do it himself.
We should really pay attention to how your 12 month old incorporates this change into his daily activity.
Some kids will have the ability to do things for themselves, but they will hang on to earlier settings and think it is their right to ask for your help with everything.
This can be tricky, mostly because your feelings will carry over to your child and make him or her confused if you are not careful.
I recommend that you try to stay "ahead of the curve" so to speak and project into the near future what you want your child to do.
The fact is clear that they are changing at a rapid rate in this age group. It doesn't make sense to do the opposite and think you can slow down these changes, however much you would like to.
Think about a timeline which is constantly moving forward.
This graphic below points out what I am trying to relay to you here. This
should be combined with the understanding that those previous settings are built upon as your child approaches and moves through the
next phases of development.
Environmental Energy Influence
As a 12 month old baby, this new ability to physically move about changes the whole ball game.
Now the environment is able to be explored and with that comes inherent risks and the good chance that some accidents and falls will occur almost daily.
This should be expected and accepted.
There is not much you can do other than provide a safe environment where your child can learn and explore.
Your 12 month old baby is continuing to develop in other ways as well.
Current Energy Pattern
Reassure yourself that they are on track, on their own schedule
but at least in the appropriate range depicted by the milestones listed here.
Blueprint Energy Pattern
Your 12 month old baby has been using and relying on their own blueprint for this whole first year.
You can be confident that this blueprint energy pattern will always be there for them to follow as they grow and develop.
Get in the habit of looking ahead to what's coming up in the near future for your child. Being prepared
and ready to offer guidance is a much better and easier position to be in, rather than having to react to
inevitable changes coming soon for you and your child.
Putting It All Together
Your 1 year old baby's energy equation is working as shown below. Your child is now well-practiced at taking
into account what has come before in their historical experience, combined with the environment they find themselves in.
Comparison is made with their underlying blueprint and the long, medium and short arcs of energy development receive energy distribution according to your child's needs in real time.
Being aware of these different influences on your child's daily settings is a way to understand how and why
your child's system is operating the way it is at any given time.
The information on this site is for your educational purposes only, it is not intended as specific medical advice for your child.