One Year-Old Checkup


  • You can change your child to whole milk now instead of formula.  Your child should get about 16-24 ounces (2-3 cups) of whole milk per day.
  • Children are usually eating mostly table food (instead of baby 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.

Sippy Cup:

  • Your child should be using a sippy cup instead of a bottle now.
  • Finish weaning your child off the bottle soon.

Car Seat:

  • 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 1 year and 15 months of age:
  • Says “dada”, “mama”, and a few other words (3-5 words)
  • Understands simple commands
  • Walking.  Feeds self with hands, experiments with using spoon


  • 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 Vaccine:

  • 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 15 months old

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