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6 Months

IMMUNIZATIONS

Today’s immunizations include Pentacel (DTaP, Hib, & polio combined), Hepatitis B, pneumococcal  & oral Rotateq.

FEEDING

feeding

Continue breastfeeding or using formula. Advance your baby’s diet to include more solids, introducing a new food every 3-4 days and working up to 3 meals a day. Now is also the time to start introducing the sippy cup with water. It is not recommended to feed your child eggs/egg products, milk/dairy products or fruit juice at this age. Do not offer your baby foods that could cause choking like peanuts, sunflower seeds, raw vegetables, popcorn, grapes or hot dogs.

SAFETY

safety

  • Use an approved car seat. You may need to transition into a rear-facing convertible car seat if your baby is outgrowing the infant carrier. Your baby should continue riding rear-facing until around 2 years of age.
  • Serious injuries can occur from babies using TV stands, bookshelves, dressers and other furniture to pull themselves to standing; secure these types of items to the wall and remove tablecloths and table runners.
  • Remove all chemicals, cleaning fluids, insect/weed sprays, oils, guns, cigarette butts and matches from reach.
  • Medicines should all be kept in safety bottles and out of reach.  Be aware of medicine in purses and in others’ homes!
  • Stove controls may now be a hazard and candles should be kept in a high place.
  • Do not leave your baby unattended in or near the pool, tub, toilets or water of any kind.
  • Place plug guards in all electrical outlets.
  • Do not throw harmful objects such as razors or broken glass in the waste basket where your baby may reach it.
  • In case of accidental ingestion, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

DEVELOPMENT

Provide your child with a variety of toys: musical toys, floating water toys, pie pans, plastic ware and lids, measuring spoons and stuffed animals.  You are still their best entertainment. NO TV until at least 2 years of age.

PHYSICAL

We encourage exposing your child to many new sites, sounds and textures

development

  • rolls over both ways and may begin to crawl
  • supports weight on legs
  • transfers toys from one hand to the other
SOCIAL

We encourage engaging your baby in conversations and singing songs.

  • recognizes and may be afraid of strangers
  • may express displeasure when a parent leaves the room
LANGUAGE

READ, READ, READ. It doesn’t matter what, just read at least 15 minutes per day.

  • babbles a lot, squeals, laughs
  • may say “Ma”, “Da”, “Ba” as jargon

Next appointment is at 9 months of age!