MY TWELVE MONTH VISIT
What I Can Do Now
- I can babble and screech in my own little language and may even say “Mama” or “Dada” and one or two other words, especially ones only my family can interpret.
- I can drink from a cup.
- I can throw a ball. I may drop or throw things from the table on purpose.
- I can point with my index finger and I can bang two blocks together.
- I can pick up small objects and feed myself with my fingers.
- I can pull up to stand and walk holding on; I may even take a few steps alone.
- I can wave bye-bye and/or clap.
Help Me Learn to Eat Healthfully
- If I am breastfeeding, it is okay to start weaning me off now to whole milk. If I am taking formula you can let me have whole milk in a cup, please.
- Offer me a colorful palette of foods. Proteins, vegetables, whole grains and fruits should be included.
- Do not give me high sugar foods, such as desserts and candy or juice.
- I can eat many table foods in small pieces and practice with my cup and spoon. Please do not give me foods like hot dogs, grapes, nuts and popcorn because I may choke on them. Don’ let me run or play with food in my mouth.
- It is normal for me to gain weight a bit more slowly now. I am also becoming very picky about what I eat. If you are really concerned, talk to my doctor.
- I should still get 400 IU of Vitamin D daily.
Protect My Teeth
- Brush my teeth with a soft brush and a pea sized amount of toothpaste after meals.
- It is ok for me to drink unfiltered tap water (city water) to get the fluoride I need.
- Please do not put me to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. Do not allow me to carry a bottle or sippy cup with fluids other than water. These practices will harm my teeth.
Play and Learn with Me
- Hold me, cuddle me and talk to me. I love it! I may be reluctant to separate from my parents.
- Play pat a cake and peek-a-boo with me. Read to me. I love looking at pictures. Check out the Austin Public Library storytime events.
- Do not let me watch TV or play video games. Encourage me to play outside.www.naturerocksaustin.org
- I am getting more social now. Find opportunities for me to play with other children.
- I love to empty containers and drawers this is a fun game when we play together.
Keep Me Safe
- Please keep guns and bullets in a separate place and lock them up!
- Set water heaters to no more than 120°F.
- The back seat of the car is the safest for me. I should stay rear-facing until age two. Check the weight and height limits on my car seat. www.nhtsa,gov
- Make sure all electrical outlets at home have safety plugs. Make sure all medicines at home are locked up. I am very curious about these things and like to get into cabinets and taste everything. www.poisoncontrol.orgTexas Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222
- Keep a close eye on me at all times when I am near water, however, shallow. Keep toilets closed or use toilet locks to keep me from falling into them.www.colinshope.org
- Please do not let anyone smoke in the house or in the car. www.smokefree.gov
- Check to make sure smoke alarms are working. Change the batteries in the smoke alarms two times a year (when the time changes in the spring and fall).
- Sunglasses with UV protection and hats are good to protect my eyes from direct sunlight. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen on exposed areas.
- Bug-spray containing DEET is ok to use on me when mosquitoes are biting.
- Never shake me. Don’t swing or jerk me by my arms. It can dislocate my elbows.
Discipline and Sleep
- Praise me when I do good things.
- My new drive for independence is what helps me to learn, but I will begin to test limits. When I do something wrong, say “no” verbally, then remove me from the situation. Redirect me instead of saying “No” whenever appropriate. BE CONSISTENT about what is ok and not ok.
- Offer me an acceptable toy or activity in place of the unacceptable choice (“Here, have this ball instead of Daddy’s pen”).