Milestones for one-year-olds

One year old playing with toys on the floor

Your baby learns so much in their first year. They might even be saying some words by the time they are 1 year old. Here are some other milestones to look forward to:


Your baby will be able to choose books and toys that they like. They will be enjoying games and playing with toys. If you sit down to play, they will want to play too.

They might be playing at real life things, like making tea or talking on a phone.


Your little one can understand some simple words. These will be things they hear a lot during their day-to-day life.

They will respond to simple questions, like ‘Where’s Mummy?’.

See if your baby gets excited when you mention things they likes. You can also try looking at picture books and naming the things you see.


Your baby may be able to use easy-to-say letters, like p, b, g, or w. They can make the key sound of a word, even if they can’t say the whole word, like ‘dodo’ for ‘dog’.

They will be babble more and will be able to use around 10 words, but they won’t always be clear.

Any concerns?

All children learn different things at different times. No two are the same. If your child is doing some of these things, but not all of them, this is normal.

If you’re worried about how they’re getting on, speak to their teacher or headteacher. They should be able to give you some simple ways to help at home.

If you need more help, here are some places which may be able to give you advice:

Talking Point - 0845 225 4071
Afasic - 0845 355 5577
SOS!SEN: Special Educational Needs - 020 8538 3731
IPSEA: Independent Parental Special Education Advice - 0800 018 4016
Contact a Family - 0808 808 3555
I CAN - 020 7843 2544