The arrival of Bony from Vitesse Arnhem saw Swansea more than double their previous transfer record of £5.55million, which they paid for Pablo Hernandez in August 2012.
Bony, 24, arrived in south Wales on the back of 46 goals in 65 Eredivisie appearances for his old club, and has gone on to score five goals in 11 Swansea outings.
However, he has yet to play a full Premier League game and his only league goal came on the opening day of the season against Manchester United.
He has also found chances to play alongside Michu, Swansea's other main goalscoring threat, limited in the league. Of a possible 540 minutes, the pair have only been on the field together for 228.
Laudrup's decision not to start Bony in demanding top-flight fixtures against Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal raised a few eyebrows, given the money Swansea played to secure his services.
But the Dane plans to continue with his patient approach, and Bony may find himself again among the substitutes against Southampton on Sunday.
"He has some characteristics we need, but he has to adapt as well," said Laudrup.
"He's come in from the Eredivisie, which is not as competitive as the Premier League or the European games we are playing.
"I don't want to push him too much and, in some games, I have thought in the last 20 minutes we have looked like we had to use a man who could go deeper behind defences.
"We have to use the squad and the quality. We have Bony, Alvaro Vazquez, and they are different forwards. Then we can also play Michu there if we want an even stronger midfield, which we need, especially against the top teams."
He added: "People say the money you pay has to be the equal of your performance and the goals you have to score.
"But I know it is not easy for everybody to adapt especially when you play up there.
"With respect to the Dutch defenders, it is a big difference here. Especially with the start that we had against Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal. But he is adapting and he has some assists and has scored some goals.
"It is good for his confidence and for him. Also, I don't know how many games we have played, but we are only in the beginning of October and have to play until the middle of May."
Laudrup also has no doubt Bony will show he is worth the £12million fee once he fully acclimatised to the English game, and his team-mates.
"He needs to know the other players," he said. "That's the same for all the players. The more they play together the better they know each other and you see the qualities and characteristics each player has."