1-2 years

In this section you will find useful information to support you as a parent or carer of a child aged 1-2 years old.

Your child’s development

Born to move is an NHS app to help parents or carers with their newborn babies right up to pre-school. Born to move is about encouraging daily active play and interaction to help the learning and wiring of your baby’s brain at this critical early stage. It’s designed to give you friendly advice and tips to support your child to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically and build the foundations for a healthy, happy and confident baby.

Find fantastic information from Children’s Occupational Therapy Department at Poole Hospital on a wide range of developmental areas including development of fine motor skills, visual perception and good sleeping habits.

Dental care
It is encouraged that you should brush your baby’s teeth as soon as their first milk tooth is visible. For general dental care advice and how to care for your baby’s teeth click here

Healthier together provides useful information on teething and dental care.

For tips on making tooth brushing less stressful click here.

NHS dental care is free for children. To find an NHS dentist in your local area click here.


Nutrition and staying healthy

Looking after yourself and your family by eating well when you have had a baby is also very important. First Steps to Nutrition provides practical food and drink ideas for the whole family.

Click here for a visual reminder of portion sizes for your child.

The NHS and Henry provide advice and tips to help you support your toddler stay healthy and active.


Your child will be offered a seasonal flu vaccine from 2 years. Here are some vaccination tips for parents and the UK vaccination schedule.

Remember, you can speak to a member of the health visiting team by ringing your local hub in your area if you require further support
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