- Continue your child on whole milk. He or she should get about 16-24 ounces (2-3 cups) of whole milk per day.
- Children are usually eating table food by this age.
- Juice is optional. Your baby does not need juice. If you give juice, give no more than 4 ounces a day. Give juice only in the cup, not the bottle.
- If you are still breastfeeding, you may continue to do so. Breastfed babies should take a vitamin supplement for as long as they are breastfeeding, either Tri-Vi-Sol with iron or Poly-Vi-Sol with iron, 1 ml (one dropper) daily.
- Your child should be using a sippy cup instead of a bottle now.
- Finish weaning your child off the bottle (if you have not already done so).
- Your child should continue to ride in a car seat facing backwards in the back seat of the car until 2 years old.
- Continue home childproofing: electrical outlet covers, poison prevention, choking prevention, drowning prevention.
- Normal development for children between 15 months and 18 months old:
- 10+ word vocabulary by 18 months old
- Gets better walking, using spoon or fork
- Understands simple commands. Points to body parts.
- Language development: Read to your child everyday, point to pictures in books. Talk a lot to your child. Teach body parts, animal names and sounds.
- Brush your child’s teeth with a toothbrush and either water or baby tooth and gum cleaner (without fluoride).
- Protect your child from the sun. Use sunscreen SPF 30 or higher, with UVA and UVB protection.
- Flu vaccines are available every fall for all children 6 months and older
- The first year that young children get the flu vaccine, they need two doses given at least one month apart to be protected.
Next Checkup: In 3 months when your child is 18 months old
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