GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your baby now plays peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake and waves bye-bye.
Your baby makes repetitive consonant sounds (mama and dada) usually without the recognition of the parents.
Your baby creeps and crawls, pulls into a standing position and can sit alone without support.
Your baby may be shy with strangers.
Keep daily routines for your baby including scheduled times for feeding, napping and playing.
Continue to offer a healthy, balanced diet.
Table foods may now also be given to your baby.
Be patient with your baby as he/she learns to eat without help. Being messy 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.
Goals for the first year should be getting rid of the bottle and teaching your baby to feed himself/herself.
Remember that children should not be put to sleep with a bottle, or use the bottle as a pacifier, as the upper front teeth can become severely decayed. Avoid JUICE.
The best shoe for a child is one that fits the foot and gives the most freedom possible at the lowest cost.
Shoes should be flexible, flat, and well ventilated. Tennis shoes are excellent for this purpose.
Walking barefoot will not harm the baby.
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).