What's the baby up to?
Month 13 Milestones
By the end of this month, your toddler might be able to:
Pull up to standing position
Get into a sitting position
Cruise (move from place to place, always holding on)
Clap hands (play pat-a-cake)
Indicate what he wants in ways other than crying, perhaps using a word or two
In the next 12 months your child will grow taller and heavier:
The average growth in height is between 7 – 12 cm.
The average weight gain is between 1,5 – 2.5 kg.
Ask your doctor to check your toddler's development if:
She is not babbling, pointing, or making other gestures by 12 months.
She's saying no single words by 16 months.
She isn't using two-word spontaneous phrases by 24 months.
There is a loss of language or social skills at any age – so if her language use goes backwards.
Other stuff to think about
If you're the type that does things by-the-book (you know who you are), you'll want to know that it is recommended that your toddler goes for routine medical check-ups at around 12 months, 15 months, 18 months and 24 months.
The doctor will look at:
Your toddler's growth in height and weight. The measurements are recorded on a growth chart to monitor if your toddler is growing at the average rate.
The doctor will examine your toddler's ears, eyes, throat, genital area, lungs, heart and reflexes.
The way your toddler crawls, walks and sits will also be examined.
He will ask questions about your toddler's diet and eating habits and also his speech and language skills.
He might also ask to check your toddler's immunisation chart.
The visit is not a test if you are a good parent or not, so don't be intimidated by the doctor. Make sure to ask about anything that might be of concern to you – make a list so you remember to ask it all when you have the chance.
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