- Your baby is likely mobile by now so continue to keep up with safely measures in your house to keep up with your baby’s explorations – get down on your hands and knees to try to catch possible hazards that are at “crawling level”
- Never leave infant unattended – childproofing basics are provided in the following link:https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Childproofing-Your-Home.aspx
- Poisoning with household items can occur very quickly – make sure to keep household cleaners, laundry detergent (pods), and all medications out of reach of children – the following link has some very helpful information and guidelines: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Keep-Your-Home-Safe-From-Poisons.aspx
- Poison Control – 1-800-222-1222 or http://georgiapoisoncenter.org
- Avoid too much sun (wear hat and use SPF 30+/PABA free sunblock, test on small area before applying all over)
- Start dental hygiene with cleaning teeth with a warm washcloth as soon as they are visible – the American Academy of Pediatrics establishing a dental home between 6-12 months of age.
- Your baby may be making great strides towards table foods but likely eats a combination of purees, soft foods and finger foods.
- Work towards a feeding routine of 3 meals and 2 snacks – try to incorporate as much protein and calcium in your baby’s diet to keep up with their rapid growth. Foods like pureed meats and broken down dairy products like yogurt and cheese are helpful. They will still likely have a first AM and PM feeding and have formula/breast milk as part of their “snack”.
- Babies need to navigate different textures to in order to get used to them. Touching, licking and spitting out foods are part of that process and not always a sign that they do not like the food. Be safe and supervise but allow them to experiment with safe textures and avoid choke foods like hot dogs, whole nuts and hard candy.
- Volume of liquids (breast milk or formula) will decrease as solids increase – the average volume of breast milk/formula may be closer to 30oz/day as solid intake increases
- Start sippy cup if not already begun
- a sample menu with amounts is provided in the following link: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Sample-One-Day-Menu-for-an-8-to-12-Month-Old.aspx
- Model talking, sing read play simple games (pat-a-cake and peek-a-boo)
- Give opportunities for exploration (playpen or floor time)
- Form playgroups to stimulate socialization
- Use distraction as discipline
- Consistency is the key to bedtime success – at this age, a baby should be able to self soothe and fall asleep in their own space. At times, they will cry out for reassurance. They will generally settle on their own but if they need some comfort, leaving them in their space and using non-verbal cues like patting them on their back should do the trick. Allowing them to come into your bed or inconsistency in your response to their crying will lead to waking issues overnight. The following link is a great summary for ensuring sleep success : https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Getting-Your-Baby-to-Sleep.aspx
- Sit, stand, crawl, cruise, finger feed
- Responds to name, “no”, “where is mama/dada”, “bye-bye”
- Uses “mama/dada” nonspecifically
- Stranger anxiety
Catch up on any immunizations that have not been given at previous visits