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Health Information For Parents
Your baby has grown a lot in this first year of life, and more than doubled his or her birth weight.
Babies’ growth begins to slow as the first birthday approaches.
Your doctor has measured your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference since birth and put these on a growth chart. This is where to look first if you have questions about your baby’s growth.
When you look at the growth chart with the doctor, compare your baby’s growth with his or her own growth pattern, not with the growth of other babies. As long as your baby’s growth is steady, there’s usually no reason to worry.
If you think growth has slowed or your baby’s had a drop in weight, the doctor may ask:
Parents may wonder: Can babies gain too much weight? But only a few babies and toddlers are overweight. In those cases, advice from the baby’s doctor can help.
Never skip feedings. But do watch for signs from your baby that he or she is full. Make sure your baby’s calories come from nutritious sources — like fruits, vegetables, and fortified cereals. Breast milk or formula should still be the main source of nourishment in the first year of life.
Get down on the rug with your baby and encourage physical activity, making sure that your little one has a safe space to move around in. Limit the time spent in car seats, strollers, and playpens.
One of the best things you can do for your baby is to eat well and be physically active yourself. Your baby has a better chance of growing up fit if good health habits are part of the family’s way of life. You’ll be a good role model — and have the energy to keep up with your little one.
For the rest of this year and next year, expect your baby’s growth to slow down. As your little one becomes more and more active, it’s likely that the “baby fat” will begin to fall away and your baby will get longer and thinner.
Here’s how you can stimulate your baby’s senses and provide a safe environment for exploration.
Your baby is learning more about the world through play and is beginning to use words. Keep those toys and games coming!
Sleep problems are common in the second half of a baby’s first year. It’s best to respond to your baby’s needs with the right balance of concern and consistency.
These age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.
Babies this age might be about to say their first words, and communicate using body language. Read more about communicating with your baby.
At this age, babies start to explore table foods.
From scooting to crawling to cruising, during these months, babies are learning how to get around.
As your baby becomes more independent, you may have questions about how to prevent bumps and bruises. Here are some other topics you’ll cover with your doctor.
From the moment parents greet their newborn, they watch the baby’s progress eagerly. But how can they tell if their child is growing properly?
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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