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Your Child's Checkup: 1 Year (12 Months)
What to Expect During This Visit
Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your toddler's weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your child is:
Eating. By 12 months, toddlers are ready to switch from formula to cow's milk. Children may be breastfed beyond 1 year of age, if desired. Your child may be moving away from baby foods and may be more interested in table foods. Offer a variety of soft table foods and avoid choking hazards.
Pooping. As you introduce more foods and whole milk, the appearance and frequency of your child's poopy diapers may change. Let your doctor know if your child has diarrhea, is constipated, or has poop that's hard to pass.
Developing. By 1 year, it's common for many children to:
3. Perform a physical exam with your child undressed while you are present.
4. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it's important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your next routine visit at 15 months:
Routine Care & Safety
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD