WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR CHILD: THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. It may be time for your child's next checkup. This is a time to share your child's amazing accomplishments with his doctor. He's changed a lot since you were there last. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect if you visit the doctor this month:
History: be ready to discuss any issues that have come up since your last appointment.
Measurements: prepare your baby book for new height, weight and head-circumference measurements.
Developmental and behavioural assessment: be prepared to explain your child's developmental milestones. Remember that all children develop at different rates. Do not worry if your child hasn't hit all the 'normal' marks.
Immunisations: vaccines may include MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), chicken pox and flu jab (if seasonally appropriate). Click here for more information on the MMR jab
Guidance: expect a brief preview of things to look for before your next visit.
Physical examination: expect a head-to-toe examination. Feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have.
Questions and answers: before your appointment, be sure to jot down your questions. Use this time to ask for advice and settle any concerns.
2. Your child is learning how to express her feelings. What could parents possibly enjoy more than knowing that the intense love they feel for their child is truly returned? Each day she's discovering new ways to express her feelings. You'll witness new, intense displays of affection, excitement and pleasure. Keep on hugging and kissing your bundle of joy and take great pleasure in each and every little hug you get back. Now you'll believe that your 4am lullabies were appreciated.
3. Your toddler learns by playing. You've seen the nature videos - baby animals playing constantly while their mothers stand back and watch. This type of interactive play teaches them about the world in which they live. Similarly, your little one is learning how his world works. Watch closely as your now-mobile toddler moves from one toy to another, trying to figure out what each one does. He'll likely enjoy toys that enable him to stack, nest and hide objects. Other favourites are sure to include pull-along toys that will follow him on his journeys. Watch his face light up as he works out each new skill. He'll look to you for approval and encouragement. Offer both frequently and take time to enjoy his explorations and discoveries.