Well-child visit: 18 months 

This is probably your ninth well-child appointment, so you’re basically a well-child professional at this point. Baby might have a few immunizations in store for him, and his healthcare provider will continue to track his growth, development, and milestones.

At the appointment

If you’re on a typical schedule for immunizations, this appointment would be at the end of the range where Baby would get his last hepatitis B vaccine, third polio vaccine, and fourth acellular pertussis, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.

The milestones your healthcare provider will be looking for at this visit might include knowing the name of a favorite book, laughing with people, running, walking up stairs, speaking several words, using a spoon and cup well, pointing to a body part, stacking blocks, and “helping” around the house.

Questions to ask 

Baby‘s next well-child visit will be his two-year visit, so this is your last chance to get in all your questions before the, uh, wonderful twos strike. Your child might soon start showing signs that it’s time to start potty training and becoming a little more independent. Don’t hesitate to ask your healthcare provider for information about health and wellness as well as advice about behavior. Some questions might include:

  • How can I help expand Baby‘s vocabulary?
  • Should I keep trying to introduce foods that he doesn&;t like?
  • How do I teach him to get along with others?
  • When should Baby move to a front-facing car seat?
  • What’s the best way to start potty training? 

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Sources
  • “AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits.” HealthyChildren.org. American Academy of Pediatrics. December 18, 2015. Web.
  • “Well-child visits.” MedlinePlus. U.S. National Library of Medicine. February 5, 2015. Web.
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