9 – 12 month contact - Better Lives Healthy Futures

9 – 12 month contact

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When your child is nine to twelve months old you will be offered another appointment with your health visitor, or a member of the team.

What happens at this visit?

At this visit we’ll check that your baby is growing and developing properly. We will offer to weigh and measure your baby.

It’s a good time to see what your baby can do, for example are they sitting, are they babbling, playing with toys, are they responding to their name? All babies develop differently, and this is a good time to talk about this should you have any worries.

We can also answer any questions you may have about things like brushing your baby’s teeth, feeding your baby, sleeping and keeping your baby safe.

Before we see you – please read the information below

To get the most out of the visit or get answers to some of your questions in advance, you may find it helpful to read the information below.

Your appointment

If you need to book or rearrange a visit, please contact us:

Health visiting Bradford: 01274 221223

Health visiting Wakefield: 01924 310130

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Safety

Don’t forget the importance of safety which means seeing everything at your child’s level, giving them age appropriate toys, supervising them, removing dangers and items that could cause harm.
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Development

There’s lots of research that shows the amazing speed a baby’s brain is developing.
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Bottle feeding

If you choose to bottle feed you may still want to give the first few feeds of colostrum (first milk) before going on to bottle feeding.
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Breastfeeding

There are many benefits to breastfeeding for both you and your baby and in the first few days you and your baby will still be getting to know each other.
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Infant feeding

Feeding your baby in the right way for you both can help get your baby get off to the best start in life.
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Immunisation and vaccinations

Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious infectious diseases.
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Baby blues

During the first week after having a baby, many women get what’s often called the ‘baby blues’. Women can experience low mood at a time when they expect to feel happy.
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Home safety

There are lots of things that you can do at home to protect your family.
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Car seat safety

Shopping for a car seat can be an exciting time, there’s a lot to choose from but it’s nice to imagine taking your new baby home in it for the first time.
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Play

Play is not just fun, it helps young children to learn.
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Nutrition and exercise

There’s lots of information about nutrition and exercise for adults or children
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Vitamins

Vitamin D helps keep bones and teeth healthy. It is needed to absorb calcium from the diet.
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Safety – online

As a parent or carer, it’s important to be aware of issues associated with internet, such as child abuse, cyberbullying, computer viruses, identity theft and more
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Oral health – teething and first teeth

Your baby’s teeth begin to come through at around the age of six months, but from three months onwards you will notice signs of teething
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Oral health – reducing tooth decay

Sugary food and drinks can cause tooth decay and pain, impacting on your child's health and wellbeing
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Oral health – brushing teeth

Regular brushing will help your child to avoid tooth decay
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Oral health – visiting the dentist

NHS dental treatment for children is free for children under 18
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Further information

Tiny Happy People

This BBC website offers a collection of learning activities and things to do with children aged 9-12 months.

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)

Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a condition where the ‘ball and socket’ joint of the hip doesn’t properly form in babies and young children. Find out more information about it here and in your red book.