Climbing the Stairs to Toddlerhood: What are the Growth Guidelines and Characteristics of a One-Year-Old?

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The remarkable growth of a baby from birth to one year of age is even mysterious and must have been moving in many respects. On the other hand, the stage of growth toward toddlerhood after the age of 1 year is more and more “human-like,” and you may feel a different mystique from the one before.

First, let’s take a look at the specific growth of the one-year-old.

Weight is about three times greater than at birth

According to a study, the average weight of a baby around its first birthday is 9.28 kg for a boy and 8.71 kg for a girl. Compared to their birth weight, they have grown about three times.

The average height of boys and girls is 74.9 cm and 73.3 cm, respectively, and although they do not grow as rapidly as their weight, they do grow more than 20 cm per year.

It may be difficult for mom and dad who watch their children every day to realize their physical growth, but when they take out their newborn’s underwear, they will surely be surprised to see how small they were!

It is thanks to the efforts of you that your children have grown up so big and healthy. Whenever you feel discouraged by the challenges of raising a child, look back at the photos of your baby and the underwear they wore as a baby, and be thankful for all the hard work you have done.

More and more babies are able to walk on their own

By the time they reach their first birthday, the number of children who can walk on their own increases considerably. Of course, there are individual differences in the speed of development, so there is no problem if a child is not walking at the age of one.

According to a survey, about half of children master walking on their own at the age of 1 year and 0 to 1 month, and about 70% of children can walk on their own at the age of 1 year and 1 to 2 months. Even if they could not do it a short time ago, they will get the tips of it and be able to do it in no time.

Almost all children will have mastered walking on their own by the age of 1 year and 4 to 5 months, so do not be in a hurry and watch your baby’s pace.

The range of play increases as they become able to use tools.

Until now, babies have not used objects with an awareness of their functions, such as grasping objects of interest or shaking toys to make noise, but around the age of one, they gradually begin to understand the functions of objects and use them in ways that demonstrate them.

For example, they can tap a toy drum with a baton or eat baby food with a spoon. The range of play with toys will also continue to expand.

Babies are also able to use their thumbs and index fingers to pick things up from around 9 months of age, and by around 1 year of age, their finger functions are developing more and more. And some children will play by picking up baby food or try to pick up dust on the floor and put it in their mouth.

Nevertheless, it is very important to train the function of the fingertips for future development. It is a good idea to provide toys for children to play with using their fingertips, such as small building blocks.


When your baby turns to one year old, they may be able to stand and walk finally. And this stage is considered as toddlerhood. You will see your baby growing every day as they can do new things almost every day/week which surprise you.

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