1 Year Review
- Parental Wellbeing
- Baby's Teeth
- Encourage Your Child's Development
- Ages and Stages Questionnaire
Looking after yourself is important for you and for your family. Modern life brings a lot of pressures on relationships, mental health and finances. We want to be able to help you with any problems you might have and will ask how things are going.
You might be keen to make healthy lifestyle changes for you and your family. Maybe you want to eat better, stop smoking or be more active – we can support you to take the first steps to make a change.
Once children's baby teeth start coming through it is time to start brushing them! Dentists like to meet your baby and see their teeth around now if they have not already had an appointment. You can find out when to expect teeth to come through, tips on teething and choosing toothpaste *here*.
All babies are different and your child will be developing at their own pace. You can really help your child’s progress. Spending with you talking and playing is the most important way to encourage them to try new things and learn new skills.
You can find out about toddlers development on the developmental milestones page *here*.
*Click here* to read about toddlers communication development.
If your child has a dummy now is a good time to work on getting rid of it. This is because it can;
- Slow down speech and language development.
- Affect how the teeth grow.
Some tips for stopping dummy use are:
- Choose a good time when your child is well and not facing other changes like starting nursery.
- When your child is upset spend time comforting them and working out why.
- Keep the dummy just for bedtimes.
- If your child does have their dummy in and tries to talk to you, ask them to take it out to speak.
Sometimes babies can get comfort from another item like a teddy or blanket instead of a dummy.
Once you have decided to stop using the dummy keep going. Comfort your baby when they miss their dummy, it can take a bit of time to adjust.
Check you have removed all the dummies in the house so your baby doesn’t ‘find’ one.
If your child is having less than 500ml of formula milk each day we recommend giving your child vitamin supplements. This is because in formula has added vitamins, if they have less than this your child should take a multi-vitamin instead. Ask your pharmacist’s advice on suitable vitamins. You might be eligible for free Healthy Start vitamins; you can find out more *here*.
This may be the first time you've received an Ages and Stages Questionnaire. This is a tool used by the Healthy Child Programme. It helps us think together how your child is doing in 5 areas of development. These are:
Communication - How they talk to you and let you know what they want.
Gross motor skills - How they crawl or walk.
Fine motor skills - How they use their fingers and hands to hold and move things.
Problem Solving - How they work things out.
Personal & Social - How they play and understand you.
Take time to look at the questions and think what your chid can do – you may need to try out some of the activities if you are not sure.
You just tick the box beside the question to say if they can do this
- All the time.
- Some of the time.
- Not doing this yet.
All children are different so don't worry if they have not started doing everything on the form - that's normal.
If you need any help filling in the form please call 0300 300 0123 and one of our Just One Number staff will be happy to help you. You then send the form back to us and our Healthy Child Programme team will look at it. We will call you to talk about the questionnaire if there are;
- Things you are worried about.
- Your child is not doing lots of things yet.
We can make an appointment to see you and your child if that would be helpful. Some appointments might be by video call and some face to face.
If you are happy and everything is going well for you and your chid we will send you another form when you child is around 2 and a half years old for you to fill in. You can find out more about the 2 year review *here*.
Getting your baby weighed and measured and recording it in the red book around now is a good idea. Look at our information on how to self-weigh and record it *here*.
As your child is starting to get bigger and more active it is important your home is safe for them. There is lots of information on how to look for dangers in the home and make it safer *here*.
We want to make sure our services for Norfolk families are the best they can be – we are always pleased to hear your thoughts on what we are doing well and what we could do better.
Video appointments are new, so we would love to hear from you about how your appointment went. *Click Here* to let us know.