Preparing for a Well Visit?

Two Month Visit

Your baby attempts to look at you and smiles more regularly. He or she can also demonstrate different types of crying, for hunger, discomfort or fatigue. He or she can hold his or her head up momentarily. Your baby will receive his or her first set of vaccines at this age.

Four Month Visit

Welcome to the age of discovery! Your baby is now demonstrating good head control, and is beginning to roll and reach for objects. He or she babbles spontaneously, smiles often and is able to sleep in five (5) to six (6) hour stretches. Start reading to your baby now, so they can hear the different word pronunciations. Your baby will receive his or second set of vaccines at this age.

Six Month Visit

Your baby can interact with you socially. How fun! He or she is starting to babble more specifically, saying “eh,” “ah,” and “o.” He or she should be able to quietly entertain themselves before being picked up. Your baby now recognizes familiar faces, and can recognize when a face is a stranger’s. He or she should be able to sit without support. If starting to crawl, they usually crawl backwards!  Introduce your baby’s first sippy cup now. Your baby will receive their third set of vaccines at this age.

Nine Month Visit

Your baby gets nervous with strangers, a phenomenon known as “stranger danger.” He or she is now using a wide variety of repetitive consonant and vowel sounds. Your baby is starting to point at objects, and should be a pretty good crawler. He or she is beginning to pull up to a stand. At this age, play a fun game like peek-a-boo or pat-a-cake! As your baby becomes more mobile, remember to install outlet covers and ensure that your home is fully baby-proof.

Twelve Month Visit

Congrats on celebrating your baby’s first birthday! At this time, he or she can imitate most of your activities. Your little one can also wave bye-bye. Stranger anxiety is at its peak, so your baby will have a very strong attachment to his or her parents. Your baby will practice feeding themselves with their hands and with a spoon. He or she can also imitate sounds and vocalizations, and can actually speak 1 or 2 single words! Your baby should be able to bang two blocks together.

Fifteen Month Visit

Your baby is really on the move now with walking. He or she can understand and follow simple commands, and can point or grunt to indicate what he or she wants. Your baby can say two to three words with meaning, and can scribble if you give him or her a pencil. He or she will bring an object over to show you, and can hand you a book when he wants to hear a story. Start weaning your baby from the bottle to prevent dental cavities.