Make the most of your Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit

What is the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit?
What happens in the first 18 months of life can affect the course of lifelong health, learning and behaviour.
The health care system in Ontario recognizes 18-months as a key developmental milestone for children. The Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit is an opportunity for parents to discuss their child’s development, which includes mental health, with their family physician or health care provider during a longer, in-depth visit.
Why use the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner?
Eighteen months is a significant milestone in your child’s life and a visit to your family physician or other health care provider at this time is important. To help prepare for this visit, the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner is a free tool that has been created to help you identify and prioritize questions and concerns for your health care team.
How does the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner work?
It’s easy! The Visit Planner will guide you through 5 main topic areas that experts in child development have identified as key areas of healthy child development: Physical Health, Safety, Parenting & Healthy Habits, Motor & Language Skills, and Social & Emotional Development.
The Visit Planner should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. For each topic you will be given a list of items from which you can choose one or all to become part of the list of items to discuss at your Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit. For each topic, you can learn more by clicking on ‘Why Is this Important?’. We also provide a list of suggested questions you may wish to ask your health care team during your visit.
To make sure you leave your visit with your most important questions answered, the Visit Planner helps you prioritize! Arrange the items you selected in whatever order you choose.
The 5 Topic Areas
Once completed, you can save your unique visit plan and return to it at any time to add notes or change the items you selected. You can download a pdf of your Visit Plan, print it, or save it to your phone or tablet.
We want to hear from you!
We want to know what you think about the Visit Planner. We welcome your feedback to help us continue improving the site. Please contact us at visitplanner@healthhq.ca. There is also a short survey available at the end of your visit. We look forward to hearing from you!
About DeLI
The 18-month Well-Baby Visit Planner was developed by the Division of e-Learning Innovation (DeLI), an educational research and development group within the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.
Our development team brings together expertise in instructional design, problem-based learning, evidence-based medicine, multimedia development, computer-based learning technologies, and research and evaluation to create high quality learning resources and leading edge technologies to support e-learning for both health care professionals (machealth.ca) and the public (healthhq.ca).