Educational Materials for 12 Month Well Visit

The topics listed below are based on American Academy of Pediatrics national recommendations about the kinds of things that are important to discuss or get more information about for children your child's age.

Click on the info to get education and tips from pediatric health care experts about each topic.

Your child and family:

Behaviors to expect in the next few months More Info
Ways to guide and discipline your child More Info
Why having consistent guidance and discipline strategies between parents, family members and care providers are important More Info
Time-outs More Info
How you balance taking care of yourself while being a parent More Info
How to make time for other relationships More Info
Getting help for times when it may be hard to meet your family's basic needs, like food, clothing, and housing More Info
How tobacco, alcohol, or drug use in the home impacts my child More Info

How you and your family are doing:

Establishing routines for your child:

Importance of your family eating meals together More Info
Importance of outside family activities that involve playing, walking, running or playing chase More Info
Why the experts say no TV, and no digital media except for when communicating with family (including tablets, smartphones, computers) More Info
Ways to read to your child that promotes his language development More Info
How your child responds to new people or caregivers More Info
Importance of your child pointing to let you know what he wants More Info
Sleep routines and sleep habits More Info

Your child’s feeding and appetite changes:

Feeding time strategies, such as teaching your child to use a cup and to feed himself More Info
Nutritious foods and how much/what kinds of food your child eats More Info
Giving your child choices between 2 options More Info
How your child’s appetite might change from day to day More Info

Your child’s dental health:

Your child’s first check up with a dentist More Info
Brushing your child’s teeth, not letting them do it themselves More Info
Finger sucking, pacifiers or use of bottles and their impact on your child’s teeth More Info

Your child’s safety:

Preventing injuries indoors and outdoors More Info
Why plastic bags, latex balloons or small objects such as marbles should be kept away from your child More Info
How to secure heavy items (such as furniture or televisions) so that your child can’t pull them over More Info
The danger of dangling telephone, electrical, blind or drapery cords in your home More Info
Installing and using your child's rear-facing car safety seat correctly More Info
Bathtub, water, and pool safety More Info
How to safely enjoy time in the sun and prevent sun damage More Info