Six Month Old Visit

Diet

Babies are usually eating 24-32 oz a day of formula. If nursing, they are usually doing 4-6 sessions a day . Most children are eating solids foods three times a day. You can advance to stage 2 foods or start table foods that are soft, cooked and are able to swallow whole.

You can try whole milk yogurt. You can try a sippy cup with water or ½ juice ½ water.  Limit juice intake to 4 oz a day.

Elimination

Infants are usually having less bowel movements than they were. Stools should still be soft. If having hard stools, add some prunes into their diet.

Environment

You should dress your child with one more layer than you are wearing. In the summer, it is fine to use sunscreen on infants less than 6 months old. You always want to avoid direct sunlight with infants.

Sleep

Most children are sleeping a through the night at this point. Sometimes they sleep longer or shorter.  Overall infants need 14 hours of sleep a day. This is the time to start putting your child down to sleep, awake but drowsy. You want the child to self soothe to get to sleep, not use feeding or rocking to get to sleep.

Development

Infants are usually babbling now.  They are much more interactive and awake.  They are learning sit with their hands stretched out.  They are working on their pincer grasp and transferring objects from one hand to the next.

Child often will start to experience stranger anxiety at this age.

Safety

Infant car seats usually go up to 20 lbs. Child should be rear facing in the back seat until 1 years old and 20 lbs. Consult the guidelines on the car seat label.

Please use smoke detectors in your house. Check the batteries monthly.

Health Tips

Immunizations may be given today. The vaccines are the same ones given at 2 and 4 months. Your baby may have a fever and be fussy for 24 hours after the vaccines.  You may give Tylenol every four hours to help with the discomfort. The injection site may get red or swollen. Ice can help.

Next appointment is at 9 months.