12 month handout


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  • Let your child feed himself.  Not only does it help him learn but he’ll enjoy it more. Toddler’s appetites typically vary from meal to meal. They tend to graze. Let him decide what and how much to eat from an assortment of healthy foods. Healthy snacks include fruits and veggies, applesauce, cheese, yogurt, and bits of whole grain bread or crackers.
  • In the next year, your child may become a “picky eater”. It is best to avoid food battles. Do not worry–toddlers won’t starve themselves.
  • Ideally, your child should be eating 3 small meals with 2 small snacks each day.
  • You can switch over to cow’s milk now. Limit milk to 2-3 cups a day.
  • Your child does not need to drink juice. Juice promotes tooth decay and a unhealthy weight.




  • New recommendations are for toddlers to ride in a rear-facing car seat until at least 2.
  • The crib should be at the lowest rung.
  • Be careful around water. Buckets and bathtubs are hazards.



  • This is a good time to start weaning the bottle.
  • Start using the cup regularly when your baby wants milk or water.   You can put water in the bottle to make it less interesting.
  • Bottles should not be given at bedtime.
  • One is a good time to get acquainted with a pediatric dentist.


  • Continue reading with your child. It is a great bonding time and promotes language and brain development.


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