What To Expect After Your Baby's First Year

Time just flew by in these past 12 months, didn’t it? And now, your baby is going to turn one! First off, kudos on doing a great job and surviving these unchartered waters. Each day was a new learning experience for both you and your little one and it’s time to celebrate your achievement.

Now, every moment will start becoming even more exciting. Your baby will learn how to walk and you’ll want to record them say their first words. Your baby’s first year will be filled with exciting things and maybe a bit of mischief!

Here are some of the milestones you can expect after your baby’s first year:


Your baby’s height and weight will continue to grow at a steady pace now. Teething usually takes place during this time and your baby will start grasping things quickly too.

Sleep Pattern

As your baby crosses the 12-month threshold, his or her sleep pattern changes. Instead of sleeping for over 16 hours, your baby will sleep between 11 to 13 hours. This will make it easier for you to get him or her accustomed to an adult’s sleep pattern. Your baby will also be better at tackling sleep regression.

First Steps

Your little one may stop crawling and start walking at this point. However, don’t fret, if your child has already begun or is a little late at walking. Each child is unique and will take their own time. So, be patient and make the moment a memorable one.

Baby Food

Now that you are giving your one-year-old solid foods and a few sips of water, don’t forget to also continue with milk. It’s best to let your child decide whether they are hungry instead of forcing them to eat. Encourage self-feeding over spoon feeding. This will save you time and your baby will eat enough food instead of overeating.

  • Fruits like banana are a good start.
  • Avoid food like sugar coated baby cereal or cookies that have high sugar content.
  • Bread, cereal and chapattis are safe to begin with too. Make sure you crush them, so that your baby can easily consume it.

Just for fun: You can also try recording their reactions after giving them a slice of orange or lemon for good measure.


Your baby will start to communicate around this stage. There will be clear signs when it comes to food and your baby will also respond to simple things. Your baby will recognise you and the people that play with him or her every day. You will also understand your child’s sleep pattern and be better equipped to handle the witching hour.

Sometimes, a gentle massage with Vicks BabyRub can do the trick to help your bundle of joy drift off to sleep. After all, tired babies can become extremely difficult to manage, if they haven’t rested well enough.

Remember, not to miss the small moments as your baby grows up. Make each day count as you strengthen your bond. Applying Vicks BabyRub and gently massaging your baby can become a ritual too. This can soothe and relax your baby after a whole day’s running around. Perfect mother-child quality time, we say!


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