GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your baby may walk with one hand held or while holding on to furniture and is able to stand without support.
Your baby says 1 or 2 words besides mama and dada and understands simple commands.
Your baby feeds with his/her hands, drinks from a cup with assistance, has a pincer grip of small objects, and offers a toy to another person.
Your baby begins to point.
Continue to offer a healthy, balanced diet. Offer your baby 3 meals and 2-3 snacks daily.
Your baby needs 4-5 servings of calcium per day. 16 to 24 ounces of milk is recommended daily.
The increased ability to chew will allow the use of more chopped and soft table foods.
Avoid small hard foods that can cause choking.
Your baby’s appetite will decrease at this time; do not be concerned as this is normal.
Continue to place your baby on his/her back for sleeping.
Remember to rotate your baby’s position in the crib.
Sleeping on the same side may cause the skull to become misshapen.
The car safety seat should be rear-facing in the middle of the back seat in all vehicles.
Your baby should never be in a seat with a passenger air bag.
Follow all manufacturer directions for proper car seat installation and us.
Keep your car and home smoke free!
Make sure your water heater is set no higher than 120°F.
Make sure to read to your child at least once a day.
You can visit Reach Out & Read for reading tips, how to choose books appropriate for your child's age, other resources, and access the library's site here.
Be careful! Accidents and drug ingestions are too common at this age.
Keep all medicines and chemicals locked up or out of reach of youngsters.
Child-proof the areas under the kitchen sink and inside the bathroom cabinets.
Cap all unused outlets with plastic plugs or tape.
Call the nearest POISON CONTROL CENTER for information as to what to do.
THE STATE POISON CONTROL PHONE NUMBER IS 1-800-222-1222.
Take your child for his/her first dental visit at 12 months.
Brush your child’s teeth twice each day using water and a tiny dot of fluoridated toothpaste and a soft toothbrush.
PREPARATION FOR VISIT
Your doctor will review milestone information with you during your visit.
You may download and print the Bright Futures Parent Handout for this age range here (click to access PDF).