- You will be asked at your visit to complete a developmental and behavioral screening called the PEDS Test (Parents’ Evaluation of Development Status).
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.
- Your baby needs 4-5 servings of calcium per day.
- 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.
- 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.
- DO NOT USE IPECAC FOR ANY INGESTIONS INVOLVING PETROLEUM PRODUCTS. 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 only and a soft toothbrush.
Next Visit: 15 month checkup