1 year old
You heard about it, you read about it, but there was just no way to prepare yourself for how fast the first year flew by. All of the big complaints and concerns that you were dreading – postpartum recovery, sleep deprivation, sleep training, breastfeeding complications, teething – are largely behind you. Your baby has morphed into his or her own little person, with a distinct personality and new skills. Life is once again changing drastically, suddenly, as you prepare for the next step: toddlerhood. And can we tell you a secret? It only gets better from here.
Now that the highly anticipated one-year mark is here, we’re sure that you have many questions about newly permitted foods and milestones, like starting cow’s milk, weaning from breastfeeding, using baby toothpaste, turning the car seat around, etc. It might seem a bit overwhelming – which is why your one-year doctor’s appointment is so important – but we’re here to answer some of the big questions.
Before you head off to pack away the baby bottles and celebrate your baby’s birthday, we just want to congratulate you on making it through one of the most tumultuous, life-altering years of your life. This is a huge milestone for you, not just your baby, so take some time to celebrate.
Baby’s Health + Well-Being
Your doctor has told you “not until the baby’s first birthday” more times than you could count. But now that the time has finally come, you probably have more questions than ever:
- The one-year check-up: what to expect and what to ask
- Car seat safety: When to turn around
Feeding + Nutrition
One of the biggest changes after the one-year mark is that once-forbidden foods might be on the menu, like cow’s milk, peanuts and strawberries. Here’s what you need to know:
It might be time to add more than water to your teeth-brushing routine. Here’s what you need to know about your toddler’s oral care:
Mom’s Health + Well-Being
While you’re probably still concerned about your new role as a disciplinarian, the prospects of weaning and the challenges of finding mom friends, there might be a bigger question on your mind: Where did my baby go? You’re probably feeling a mixture of excitement, nostalgia and disbelief – sometimes with pangs of sadness. Whether you’re feeling relieved or depressed, here’s what might be on your mind this month:
Development and Milestones
You’ve always thought of your baby’s first birthday as a significant landmark, but the developments won’t be taking a break. Before you know it, your little one will be running down the hallway, asking for juice and playing more complexly and imaginatively. Here’s what you can expect going forward: