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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your child’s weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Ask questions, address concerns, and provide guidance about how your toddler is:
Eating. By 15 months, most toddlers are eating a variety of foods and are better able to handle textures. Offer your toddler three meals and two or three scheduled nutritious snacks a day. Growth slows down in the second year of life so don’t be surprised if your child’s appetite has decreased. Your child can drink from a cup and may be able to use a spoon but probably prefers to finger-feed.
Pooping. As you introduce new foods and whole milk, the appearance and frequency of your child’s poopy diapers may change from day to day. Let your doctor know if your child has diarrhea, is constipated, or has poop that’s hard to pass.
Sleeping. There’s a wide range of normal, but generally toddlers need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including one or two daytime naps.
Developing. By 15 months, it’s common for many toddlers to:
3. Do a physical exam with your child undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, tooth exam, listening to the heart and lungs, and paying attention to your toddler’s motor skills and behavior.
4. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child’s next checkup at 18 months:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
The toddler months might continue to bring colds, bruises, and other minor emergencies, but you’ll also find yourself dealing with your toddler’s emerging independence.
Nighttime feedings may be a thing of the past, but in this second year of life your tot might be rising for other reasons. Learn more.
Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.
Most toddlers this age are walking and gaining even more control over their hands and fingers. Give your child lots of fun (and safe) things to do to encourage this development.
Kids go from babies to toddlers during this time, from first steps to walking well. They also make major strides in language and communication.
Building a relationship with your child’s doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
You’re in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that “baby” look.
Your toddler is probably saying a few first words now, but you may not be able to understand them all. Learn about how your child is communicating.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing this month.
Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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