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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your toddler’s weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your child is:
Eating. By 12 months, toddlers are ready to switch from formula to cow’s milk. Children may be breastfed beyond 1 year of age, if desired. Your child might move away from baby foods and be more interested in table foods. Offer a variety of soft table foods and avoid choking hazards.
Pooping. As you introduce more foods and whole milk, the appearance and frequency of your child’s poopy diapers may change. Let your doctor know if your child has diarrhea, is constipated, or has poop that’s hard to pass.
Sleeping. One-year-olds need about 11 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including one or two daytime naps.
Developing. By 1 year, it’s common for many children to:
3. Do a physical exam with your child undressed while you are present.
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.
5. Order tests. Your doctor may check for lead exposure, anemia, or tuberculosis if your child is at risk.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child’s next checkup at 15 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 milestones to tell if a toddler is developing as expected. Here are some things your little one might be doing this month.
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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