Weight: Height: Head Circumference:
Sleep: At six months all babies should be sleeping through the night, in a crib and in a room separate from the parents. A bedtime routine is usually helpful at this age, especially if your child does not want the crib.
Feeding: Many babies have successfully taken cereals, fruits and vegetables by this age. If this is the case, your baby may be ready for meats and three meals a day.
A typical schedule may be: 8:00 AMBottle or Nursing
Cereal + Fruit (2 tbsp each)
12-1:00 PMBottle or Nursing
Meat and Veg (2 tbsp each)
4:00 PMBottle or Nursing
6-7:00 PMBottle or Nursing
Cereal + Fruit or Veg (2 tbsp each)
8-10:00 PMBottle or Nursing (some babies may give up this feeding)
Six months is the age at which Fluoride in a multi-vitamin is begun. You need a prescription for this.
Development: At six months you will probably see your child rolling, sitting with support, passing objects from hand to hand and raking with his hands. You should begin to hear some babbling and your child should be turning to your voice. Strangers and separation from parents may begin to cause anxiety. Be sure to provide toys that make sounds (and show the pieces making the noise), along with toys and books which have colorful pictures and different textures.
· Avoid choking and suffocation by keeping cords, ropes, and strings away from the crib. Pillows, blankets, wedges, positioning devices, and bumper pads are no longer recommended. Keep all small and hard objects out of reach. Use only jarred foods at this age.
· Prevent fires, burns and scalding injuries. Cover all outlets. Never eat, drink, or carry anything hot while near or holding the baby. Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees (F). Install smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors. Check food temperatures carefully, especially after microwaving.
· Car Safety: Use an approved infant safety seat, rear facing and never in the front.
(Parents should always wear their seat belts.)
· Avoid falls by installing safety gates to guard stairways. Lock doors to dangerous areas. Check drawers, furniture and lamps to make sure they cannot fall over. Never step away when the baby is on a high surface. Do not put your baby in a walker.
· Prevent poisoning by locking up medicines, vitamins, cleaning supplies, chemicals, and paints (and placing pocket books out of reach).
Poison Control 516-542-2323 or 800-222-1222
PHA Standard Immunizations: Pentacel #3, Prevnar #3, Rotavirus #3
Next Visit: 8 months, 10 months, 12 months
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