Parenting from 10 to 12 Months

Your baby is very nearly one!

In fact, your “baby” might well be toddling around by now, or saying her first words. Language is the best tool to help a child do well later in school and in life.

Many children learn more than one language. Doing so doesn’t affect how soon they’ll reach language milestones. If you plan to teach your child more than one language, you may be interested in this guide: When Children Speak More Than One Language (PDF, 9 pages, 2 MB).

Your checklist for 10 to 12 months

✓ Book an appointment with your family doctor or nurse practitioner for your child’s 12-month immunizations and a check-up

✓ Book your baby’s first dental appointment – a quick check-up by their first birthday (or six months from when their first tooth came in)

✓ Complete the 12-month Nipissing developmental checklist (call KIDS LINE if you have any concerns)

✓ If your baby is getting close to the weight and/or height limit of her car seat, start researching “stage 1” car seats. It’s safest for your baby to stay rear-facing as long as possible – at least until age 2, or until they reach the maximum rear-facing weight of the car seat.

✓ Offer meals and snacks at the same times each day

✓ Try to make mealtimes pleasant and positive

✓ Continue to breastfeed as long as you and your baby want to – there are benefits to breastfeeding for at least two years and beyond

✓ If you’re heading back to work, prepare your child for child care

Guides and resources

Local activities

Get out and stay connected with your community!  Check out these websites for local activities such as parades, farmers markets, museums, and shows:

If you live in Guelph, you probably have a Neighbourhood group. Find supports and services specific to your neighbourhood by searching the map

Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC)

Programs at your local OEYC help children develop through play, songs, stories, and rhymes. These programs are also a great way to spend special time with your child. Check out your local calendars:

Your local and Public Health supports

  • Wee Talk offers free speech and language programs in Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph.
  • If you have questions about nutrition for your growing baby, call Talk to an EatRight Ontario dietitian. Call 1-877-510-510-2.
  • Call KIDS LINE at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 3616. Our public health nurses are happy to answer your questions about children and parenting. Call Monday to Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Looking forward? Read ahead to 13-18 months >