Baby's 12-Month Checkup: What to Expect
Your baby is a year old now! Soon he'll be walking and talking. He may have already taken his first steps and added a few new words to "mama" or "dada." You're probably eager to talk to your baby's doctor about all these new changes!
Here's what to expect at your baby's 12-month checkup.
You Can Expect Your Baby's Doctor to:
- Check your baby's weight, length, and head circumference
- Perform a physical exam of your baby
- Possibly give your baby vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, or another (booster) shot of a vaccine your baby has already had
- Recommend a flu shot if it's fall or winter
Questions Your Baby's Doctor May Ask
- Is your baby pulling up? Standing? Walking?
- What and how many words can your baby say?
- Does your baby point at things and use both hands when playing?
Feeding Questions You May Have
- Is it OK if my baby won't eat sometimes?
- Can I introduce whole milk now?
- When do I need to wean my baby from a bottle?
- Your baby may be pickier and less interested in food. This is normal at this age.
- Give baby a variety of healthy foods. This is a good time to grow his taste buds.
- Remember, baby may not like a particular food on the first try. But keep trying!
- Giving fruit is ALWAYS better than juice. Limit juice to ½ cup a day. Water is even better.
- Your baby should start drinking whole milk now because he needs the fat for growth.
- 2 to 3 cups of whole milk a day is a good amount.
- If you are weaning your baby from the bottle, wean gradually, first at mealtimes and finally before bed.
- Putting just water in baby's bottle may help with weaning.
Development Questions You May Have
- What are good toys for babies at this age?
- What can I do to help my baby learn?
Baby Development Tips
- Your baby learns a lot by interacting with people.
- Your baby may imitate what you do, like sweeping with a broom or talking on the phone.
- Make time to read, play, and talk to your baby each day.
- When you're with baby, say the names of things to help his language skills.
- Pull toys, blocks for stacking and building, and balls are good for this age.
- TV or media is not a good idea. Try putting on music instead.
Your baby will need to be in a rear-facing car seat until age 2. Never leave baby alone in the car. Happy travels!