Six Month Visit
The baby will be very interactive and start babbling and vocalizing more. Babies love sitting on the parents' lap and listening to conversations .
Gross motor: Six month olds are beginning to balance themselves in a sitting a position. In the coming months, they will start crawling and getting into mischief.
Fine motor: Babies will be able to transfer toys and play with them more intently.
Now is the time to do serious baby-proofing. As your baby becomes more mobile, he/she will discover every little thing that drops on the floor. When sitting on someone's lap, he/she can lean forward and grab things. Cups of hot coffee and tea are especially dangerous.
He/she will also start to crawl in the coming months. Watch out for phone cords, extension cords, and any type of hanging object. Babies at this age can often propel themselves out of the stroller if they start kicking and aren't strapped in.
Always check the floor for anything that looks enticing. Don't put anything that could be a choking hazard on a coffee table. This is the time to learn how to do the Heimlich maneuver. Also, have babysitters and grandparents learn how to do the Heimlich maneuver.
Avoidance of illness:
The baby will be reaching out to people and more exploratory. Also, he/she will always mouthing things. Don't let the baby 'teethe' on anything that someone else has recently put in his/her mouth. When going to play groups, put any toy that has been mouthed, into a separate bin so it won't be picked up by another baby. You can also bring a collection of your baby's own toys.
Most six month olds will receive their third DTaP (diptheria, haemophilus, polio, pneumococcal and rota virus vaccines, plus a hepatitiis vaccine
Babies can start on solids around this time. See the article on "Infant Feeding Tips". All foods should be pureed and the same consistency as commercial baby foods. Parents can introduce new foods every day or two, slowly building up the baby's repertoire. Don't introduce more than one food at a time, and hold off new foods if the baby is sick or has diarrhea. Parents can make baby "goulash" in which they mix together several foods the baby has already had, just as carrots, potatoes and peas. Yogurt can also be started.
- Continue iron fortified formula. The baby should have a minimum of 16 ounces a day but not more than 32.
- Breast fed babies usually nursing 6-8 times through the day
Most babies will sleep through the night at this age. If your baby is having sleep problems, you can get ideas from one of the several excellent sleep references listed in the article on Sleep.