Can you believe your baby is finally one year old? The year has flown by, your baby is growing and developing every day, and it is time for your baby’s twelve-month well-baby checkup. So what can you expect at your baby’s twelve-month well-baby visit?
As in the past your baby will be weighed and measured, with their measurements being documented on their growth chart, and once again your doctor will let you know where your baby stands on the standard growth rate charts. Most babies will have tripled their birth weight by their first birthday.
Your baby will also be receiving their one year immunizations at this appointment. Your baby will be vaccinated for DtaP, Hib, polio, and MMR. If you wish for your baby to receive the varicella vaccine (chicken pox) they will also receive that vaccination at this appointment. Be sure to have plenty of Baby Tylenol on hand for after the shots, and if your doctor advises you to be sure to give your baby a dose of Tylenol before their immunizations.
Your doctor may also do a blood test for anemia at this visit. If your baby is at risk for lead exposure the doctor will do a lead exposure test as well.
Some of the questions you can expect your doctor to ask at this visit are:
How is your baby sleeping? One-year olds will typically be sleeping longer at night, and less during the day now. It is also normal for them to wake often during the night, and for you to have trouble getting them back to sleep as they are ready to play.
How and what is your baby eating? By one-year old babies are generally feeding themselves with their hands and drinking from a cup.
Does your baby pull up to stand? Your baby may even be standing on their own by now, and might have even taken their first steps.
How are your baby’s social skills developing? Your baby will probably be more comfortable with those that are familiar to them, and stranger and separation anxiety are still common at this age.
How many teeth does your baby have? Your baby may have two or three teeth by this age, and the doctor will more than likely discuss ways to ease teething with you.
At this visit your doctor may talk with you about ways to discipline your growing baby, as well as ways not to discipline them. Your doctor may also discuss with you several safety items, such as baby proofing your home, positioning your child’s car seat in a front-facing position if they weigh more than twenty pounds, and watching what your baby eats since hard food items can pose a choking hazard.