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Six Months

Six Months

We will take your baby's measurements at every well child check. We will go over developmental milestones, feeding, and baby-proofing the house. Please fill out the developmental checklist by clicking the button below. 

Vaccines are due at this visit. See the vaccines page to read about each vaccine that will be administered.

Anticipatory Guidance

Daily Care

Your baby's motor skills are improving dramatically. They should be rolling over both ways, sitting with support, and picking things up with their hands. They are also very vocal; laughing, squealing, and blowing raspberries in response to you. We encourage lots of floor play and loving interactions with books and toys. Babies do not need any screen time at all.

Continue with breastmilk and/or formula. Some babies may be ready to attempt pureed foods. We recommend starting purees between 4-6 months of age. Start with vegetables; carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash. Go slow until you baby becomes eager for it. Introduce different foods at a pace of 1 per week or so.

It is also now safe to start some gentle sleep training strategies.

Your baby may start teething. We do not recommend putting any gels or tablets in your baby's mouth for teething. Teething toys and either Tylenol or Motrin for severe teething pain is what we recommend.

Safety

Continue to ensure your baby has a safe sleeping environment free from heavy blankets or pillows. You may move your baby to their own room if available. Keep a baby monitor on.

Monitor for signs of infection and call if your baby is coughing, breathing abnormally, or vomiting. Your baby has likely had a cold by now. Most of these are minor and do not require any treatment other than suctioning the nose with some saline.

Depending on the season, you may need to monitor for sun exposure. We recommend keeping your baby in the shade, putting UV protectant clothing, and a hat on your baby. If sunscreen is a must, keep the application as limited as possible.

Monitor the car seat and make sure your baby still appropriately fits. It is also time to start baby-proofing the house and your baby is very curious and likes to explore by putting things in their mouth. Make sure your baby has no access to toxic chemicals, medications, or choking hazards.

Never shake or throw your baby. If you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, angry, or anxious, please contact someone in your support system for help, and let us know as well.

Screening

Prior to the visit, please complete the developmental checklist by clicking the link above.

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