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Sleep: At twelve months your child probably still takes two regular naps. Between twelve and fifteen months many babies will begin to take one long nap. Pillows, blankets, wedges, positioning devices, and bumper pads are no longer recommended. Please contact us if your child is having difficulties.
Feeding: Now that your child is 1 year old, start using whole milk instead of formula or breast milk. Babies need whole milk (instead of low-fat or skim) until they are 2 years old. Some babies have harder bowel movements at first with whole milk. Now is also the time to wean completely off the bottle and switch to the cup.
Table foods are best now. Baby food is usually not needed anymore. Most babies have 1 to 2 snacks each day. Cheese, fruit, and vegetables are all good snacks. Eggs may also be introduced at this age; the yolk first and then the whites after several days. Avoid hot dogs, peanuts, grapes, popcorn, until after age three. These foods cause choking. Babies do not grow as fast during the second year of life. Trust your baby’s appetite.
Development: At one year your child will usually follow a definite daily pattern. Many children love to use their new motor skills, crawling, cruising and walking to explore. Opening cabinets, pulling tablecloths and putting objects in the mouth are very common activities. At this age many children can utter a few words (ma-ma and da-da) and express complete thoughts with single syllable (“da” means “I want that”). Some children even begin to show a sense of humor at a year.
·Car Seat Safety: Always keep rear facing for at least two years. Some car seats can convert from a backward-facing infant seat to a forward-facing toddler seat. For more information you can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-800-424-9393 or check the link on our website.
·Avoid Choking and Suffocation: Avoid foods on which a child might choke. Cut food into small pieces. Store toys in a chest without a dropping lid.
·Prevent Fires and Burns: Practice your fire escape plan. Check your smoke detector. Replace the batteries if necessary. Put plastic covers in electrical outlets. Keep hot appliances and cords out of reach. Keep all electrical appliances out of the bathroom. Don’t cook with your child at your feet. Use the back burners on the stove with the pan handles out of reach. Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees F.
·Prevent Drowning: Never leave an infant or toddler in a bathtub alone — NEVER. Continuously supervise your baby around any water, including toilets and buckets. Infants can drown in a bucket that has water in it. Empty all water and store buckets turned over.
·Avoid Falls: Make sure windows are closed or have screens that cannot be pushed out. Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to climb. Attach heavy furniture to the walls.
·Prevent Poisoning: Poison Control 516-542-2323 or 800-222-1222. Keep all medicines, vitamins, cleaning fluids, and gardening chemicals locked away or disposed of safely. Install safety latches on cabinets. Keep the poison center number on all phones.
·Avoid Cuts: Remove or pad furniture with sharp corners. Keep sharp objects out of reach.
PHA Standard Immunizations: MMRV #1 (Measles, mumps, rubella, varicella)
Tylenol Dose: Next Visit: 15 months, 18 months, 21 months