- Many babies at this age are sitting up, or are very close to doing so. Your child may also be rolling over both directions and, in fact, they may use this as a means to move across a room.
- Babies still like to put objects in their mouths. Their ability to grasp items and manipulate them is really improving and you may notice that they will transfer objects from one hand to the other.
- Your baby will be imitating more sounds and you’ll notice them turning in the direction of noises. Squealing, screaming, and happy vocalizations are frequent as the baby hears his or her voice and sees your reaction. Copy your baby’s sounds and faces to encourage him or her to talk to you.
- At this age breast milk, or formula, is still the most complete food for your baby.
- If you have not done so yet, now is the age to start solid foods for your child.
- We do, however, recommend that you try any new food for at least 3 or 4 days before advancing to the next new food so you can see if your baby has any adverse reaction to that new introduction. Vomiting or hive-like rashes may represent a food allergy.
- Feeding is obviously nutrition but it is also a socialization activity and even prepares him or her for speech as they learn to better manipulate their tongue.
- If your baby does not enjoy the experience at first, then stop and try again in a few days.
- Please review with your provider if an iron supplement and/or Vitamin D is recommended for your baby.
- Your baby probably has the ability to sleep through the night at this age. If they are not doing so then please refer back to the Four Month Visit handout link for resources on helping your child sleep better. You can access all of our well child visit handouts on our website, www.portlandpediatric.com.
- Since babies thrive on consistency try to keep your child on a schedule for naps and bedtime. This is really helpful in establishing good sleep patterns.
- With each new food you introduce to your child you may see changes with their stools. This may affect consistency, color, and odor. Some foods may lead to constipation. If your child develops hard stools, please contact us and we can help you manage this situation.
- Today we will give you a prescription for fluoride if you live in an area where water is not fluoridated. Even if your child does not have teeth yet, fluoride is important to the development of enamel of those teeth underneath the gum line. The fluoride should be given either a half hour before a feeding or two hours after.
6 Months: Appointment Schedule
At your child's six month well child visit, he or she will receive the following vaccinations:
- Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DaPT)
- Polio (IPV)
- Hemophilus influenzae type B (Pentacel)
- Pneumococcal conjugate (Prevnar)
- Rotavirus (Rotateq)
Notes and Resources
The following websites present information about starting solids with your child.
The first three links provide general “how to” information for beginning baby foods. The fourth link provides a chart for when to start many different foods and the last link gives lots of information about preparing baby foods yourself.
- University of Florida: Introducing Solid Foods
- Mayo Clinic: Solid Foods, How to Get Your Baby Started
- BabyCenter: Introducing Solid Food
- Wholesome Baby Food: Solid Food Charts
Download as PDF
The information about this well child visit is available as an interactive PDF and can be downloaded here.