1 year old
The One-Year Check-Up
Most parents look forward to well-visit check-ups, as it’s a time to get answers to stockpiled questions and growing concerns. Parents want to see the tangible proof that their baby is growing and thriving, and they desperately want to hear that their baby is on track. Of course no one wants to see their little one poked, prodded and pricked, but a check-up ultimately gives parents the peace of mind they need.
For that reason, we know just how momentous the one-year check-up can be. Throughout the entire year you’ve heard the phrase “not until your baby’s first birthday:”, yet here you are. The infant months are officially behind you, and now it’s time to get the green light on formerly forbidden foods and activities, as well as to see just how much your baby has grown in the past year.
Here’s what you can expect at your baby’s first check-up:
- Questions, questions, questions
- How much is your baby sleeping?
- How is the family doing at home?
- How is your baby eating?
- Does he or she eat finger foods?
- How many teeth does your baby have?
- Developmental skills check-up (either tested or in the form of questions)
- Is your baby crawling, cruising or walking? Pulling up? Standing?
- Does your baby grab objects? Point? Pick up objects with a pincer grasp?
- Does your baby say any words? Babble? Recognize his or her own name?
- Measurements of your baby’s weight, height and head circumference
- A general physical exam – the same as every other check-up
- According to the recommended immunization schedule, here are possible immunizations for the 12-month check-up (though your baby won’t get all of these):
- Hepatitis B (HepB)
- Haemophilus Influenzae type b Conjugate Vaccine (Hib)
- Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV)
- Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A (HepA)
Questions to Ask
If your doctor doesn’t bring up any of these topics, remember to ask about:
- When/if you should start giving fluoride supplements
- When to start cow’s milk
- Which foods are still off-limits
- When to start giving juice, if you haven’t already
- When to wean your baby from the bottle
- Any questions you might have about weaning from breastfeeding
- Any specific questions about your baby’s sleeping and/or eating habits
- When to turn your baby’s car seat around
- When to start using toothpaste and which kind to use
- How many words a typical 12-month-old baby should say, and what you can do to encourage your baby to talk
- Anything else that might be bothering you – from developmental milestones to speech issues