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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your baby is:
Feeding. If you haven’t already, it’s time to introduce solids, starting with iron-fortified single-grain cereal or puréed meat. Let your doctor know if your baby has had any reactions (such as throwing up, diarrhea, or a rash) to a new food. Breast milk and formula still provide most of your baby’s nutrition.
Peeing and pooping. You may notice a change in your baby’s poopy diapers after you introduce solids. The color and consistency may vary depending on what your baby eats. Let your doctor know if stools become hard, dry, or difficult to pass or if your baby has diarrhea.
Sleeping. At 6 months, infants sleep about 12 to 16 hours per day, including two or three daytime naps. Most babies sleep for a stretch of at least 6 hours at night.
Developing. By 6 months, it’s common for many babies to:
There’s a wide range of normal, and kids develop at different rates. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your child’s development.
3. Do a physical exam with your baby undressed while you’re present. This includes an eye exam, listening to your baby’s heart and feeling pulses, checking hips, and paying attention to your baby’s movements.
4. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect babies from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your next routine visit at 9 months:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
These age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.
From the moment parents greet their newborn, they watch the baby’s progress eagerly. But how can they tell if their child is growing properly?
Your baby’s range of sounds and facial expressions continues to grow, and your baby is also imitating sounds, which are the first attempts at speaking.
When they’re around 9 months old, babies can begin feeding themselves. Find out which foods are safe, healthy options and which should not be served to little ones.
Is your baby is ready for solid foods? Learn how and when to get started.
Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.
Your infant will learn to sit during this time, and in the next few months will begin exploring by reaching out for objects, grasping and inspecting them.
Building a relationship with your child’s doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
Your baby is working on all five senses, understanding and anticipating more and more. How can you stimulate your baby’s senses?
Your baby is growing in many ways. Here’s what to expect this month.
At this age, kids are learning to roll over, reach out to get what they want, and sit up. Provide a safe place to practice moving and lots of interesting objects to reach for.
By this age, your baby should be on the way to having a regular sleep pattern, sleeping longer at night, and taking 2 or 3 naps during the day.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Find out if your baby is ready for solid foods, and if so, what to give, how to give it, and which foods to avoid.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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