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A Blog from Your Kaiser Permanente Pediatricians in Northern California

Your Baby at 13 Months

When your baby is 13 months old, you’ll notice an explosion of new things they can do. They’ll soon grow into people who can walk, talk, and play all on their own!

This period of developmental growth is terrifically exciting, but can be scary for you as well. All children are different and develop at their own pace, so try not to worry if your child isn’t doing all of the things listed below just yet. You’ll probably notice them soon.

Most children at this age can:

  • Say “mama” and “dada” specifically to mean YOU! They’ll also say about one additional word.
  • Wave bye-bye when someone leaves the room, often with a sweet backwards hand – they wave as they see with the palm facing them.
  • Stand alone, perhaps a bit wobbly.
  • Play pat-a-cake or clap with you.
  • Drink from a cup.

Your child may also be ready to:

  • Walk holding on to furniture, or may have already taken their first wonderful steps.
  • Look for dropped or hidden objects – perhaps their next word will be “uh-oh!”
  • Play peek-a-boo and laugh all the while.
  • Say 1 to 3 words and imitate sounds.
  • Point with fingers.
  • Start scribbling with crayons – look out walls!

If you’re concerned about your child’s development, talk with your pediatrician at your next well-check, or send us an email with your question.

Resources for parents

American Academy of Pediatrics:
Toddler Growth and Development

My Doctor Online:
Normal Growth and Development: Infants and Toddlers
Your Child’s Growth and Development

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