6th Month

The 6-Month Well-Baby Visit

Here’s what will happen at the 6-month well-baby visit, including the physical checkup, developmental milestones and shots. Just like that — wasn’t it just yesterday he was born? — your little one has clocked in 6 months. And so have you!

While there will be so much more to come, give yourself a pat on the back for the amazing progress you’ve both made. With this momentous half-year milestone comes another well-baby visit, and there will be lots to check on and check in about.

What’s in store at your baby’s 6-month checkup? There will be another round of immunizations — so be sure to bring along a soothing toy and your best distraction and comfort skills — and a chance to get all your questions answered on another truly exciting milestone: starting solids.

The physical checkup

Are those pearly whites beginning to push through — or is baby gumming on anything he can fit into his mouth? In addition to all the routine checks, at this visit your baby’s doctor will be looking at your little one’s gums for signs of teeth. While most babies get their first tooth at about 6 months old, some babies pop their first one as early as 4 months old and others celebrate their first birthday without a single tooth.

The pediatrician will show you how to brush new baby teeth and offer tips on managing teething symptoms, including drooling, fussiness and night waking. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that pediatricians screen moms for postpartum depression at the 6-month well-baby visit; symptoms often don’t appear until late in the first half of the first year or even beyond. Be sure to ask if you have any concerns about PPD or other mood disorders in you or your partner.

Developmental milestones

Your baby is full of personality these days, a personality all his own — and he’s busy socializing with you and just about anyone whose eye he catches.

The doctor will be checking for or asking about all of your little one’s latest skills, including:

  • Playing with toes
  • Bringing things to his mouth (maybe everything!)
  • Passing objects from one hand to another
  • Rolling over in both directions
  • Sitting up assisted with good head control (or even sitting on his own!)
  • Laughing
  • Interacting with the baby in the mirror (himself!)
  • Babbling (stringing together vowel sounds at first, then adding some consonants)
  • Holding a bottle — or, more likely, trying to help hold it — during feedings
  • Don’t forget, every baby is one-of-a-kind — and there’s a wide range of normal when it comes to development. Still, if you have any concerns about your little one’s milestones, make sure you check with your baby’s doctor.

Talk to the doctor too, if your baby isn’t laughing or squealing, isn’t smiling socially or otherwise expressing happiness or affection, doesn’t make vowel sounds, doesn’t respond to sounds around him or try to reach for things, and doesn’t roll over in either direction.

6-month shots

At 6 months, your baby’s due for additional doses of several immunizations. Remember, your little one needs all the recommended doses to be fully protected. These vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will include:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis)
  • Hib (haemophilus influenzae type b), depending on the vaccine given
  • IPV (polio) PCV13 (pneumococcal disease)
  • HepB (hepatitis B)
  • RV (rotavirus), depending on the vaccine given

It might also be time for your baby’s first flu shot. For protection during baby’s first flu season, he’ll need a second flu shot four weeks after his first one. The first dose “primes” the immune system, and the second one provides immune protection.

After that, the CDC recommends one shot at the start of each flu season to stay protected. If flu season hasn’t yet started, your baby should get immunized as soon as the year’s current vaccine becomes available.

Questions to ask your doctor

It’s time to take your baby’s taste buds to the next level. If your baby hasn’t started solid foods already, the doctor can offer tips for transitioning to solids.

Here are some questions that would be helpful to ask:

  • What kinds of food should I offer my baby when I introduce solids?
  • How do I introduce new foods? What if he spits the food out?
  • Do you recommend baby-led weaning (starting babies on table foods)?
  • How much breast milk or formula versus solid foods should I be feeding my baby?
  • How can I make sure he’s getting the nutrients he needs?
  • Do I have to worry about food allergies if they run in the family?
  • Are there any vitamin supplements I should be giving him?
  • Your baby’s next visit will be at 9 months — don’t forget to get an appointment on the books now!

Your Child’s Checkup: 6 Months

What to Expect During This Visit

Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:

1. Check your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on a growth chart.

2. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your baby is:

  • Feeding. Breast milk or formula is still all your baby needs. You can give iron-fortified cereal or puréed meats when your baby is ready for solid foods at about 6 months of age. Talk with your doctor before starting any solids.
  • Peeing and pooping. Babies this age should have several wet diapers a day and regular bowel movements. Some may poop every day; others may poop every few days. This is normal as long as the poop is soft. Let your doctor know if it gets hard, dry, or difficult to pass.
  • Sleeping. At this age, babies sleep about 12 to 16 hours a day, including naps. Most babies have a stretch of sleep for 5 or 6 hours at night. Some infants, particularly those who are breastfed, may wake more often.
  • Developing. By 4 months, it’s common for many babies to: turn when they hear voices smile, laugh, and squeal “coo” in response to your “coos” bring hands together in front of chest reach for and grasp objects have good head control when sitting hold up head and chest, supporting themselves on arms, while on tummy roll from front to back

There’s a wide range of normal and children develop at different rates. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your child’s development.

3. Do an exam with your baby undressed while you are present. This will include 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 infants from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your baby get them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.

5. Because postpartum depression is common, your baby’s doctor may ask you to fill out a depression screening questionnaire.

Looking Ahead

Here are some things to keep in mind until your baby’s next routine checkup at 6 months:


Breast milk or formula is still all your baby needs. Most babies are ready to eat solid foods at about 6 months, though some babies may be ready sooner. If your doctor recommends introducing solids: Share your family history of any food allergies. Start with a small amount of iron-fortified single-grain cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. You can also start with a puréed meat, another iron-rich food. Use an infant spoon — do not put cereal in your baby’s bottle. If your baby is pushing a lot out with the tongue, they may not be ready for solids yet. Wait a week or so before trying again. Wait until your baby successfully eats cereal from the spoon before trying other solids. Introduce one new food at a time and wait several days to watch for a possible allergic reaction before introducing another. If breastfeeding, continue to give vitamin D supplements. Breastfed babies may need iron supplements until they get enough iron from the foods they eat. Pay attention to signs that your baby is hungry or full. Do not give juice until after 12 months. Do not prop bottles or put your baby to bed with a bottle.

Routine Care

Many babies begin teething when they’re around 4 months old. To help ease pain or discomfort, offer a clean wet washcloth or a teether. Talk to your doctor about giving acetaminophen for pain. Clean your baby’s gums with a wet, clean washcloth or soft toothbrush. Sing, talk, read, and play with your baby. Babies learn best by interacting with people. TV, videos, and other types of screen time aren’t recommended for babies this young. Video chatting is OK. Continue to give your baby plenty of supervised “tummy time” when awake. Create a safe play space for your child to explore. Limit the amount of time your baby spends in an infant seat, bouncer, or swing. It’s common for new moms to feel tired and overwhelmed at times. But if these feelings are intense, or you feel sad, moody, or anxious, call your doctor. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your living situation. Do you have the things that you need to take care of your baby? Do you have enough food, a safe place to live, and health insurance? Your doctor can tell you about community resources or refer you to a social worker.


To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS):

Let your baby sleep in your room in a bassinet or crib next to the bed until your baby’s first birthday or for at least 6 months, when the risk of SIDS is highest. Always place your baby to sleep on a firm mattress on their back in a crib or bassinet without any crib bumpers, blankets, quilts, pillows, or plush toys. Avoid overheating by keeping the room temperature comfortable. Don’t overbundle your baby. Consider putting your baby to sleep sucking on a pacifier. Don’t use an infant walker. They’re dangerous and can cause serious injuries. Walkers also do not encourage walking and may actually hinder it. While your baby is awake, don’t leave your little one unattended, especially on high surfaces or in the bath. Keep small objects and harmful substances out of reach. Always put your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat. Never leave your baby alone in the car. Avoid sun exposure by keeping your baby covered and in the shade when possible. Sunscreens are not recommended for infants younger than 6 months. However, you may use a small amount of sunscreen on an infant younger than 6 months if shade and clothing don’t offer enough protection. Protect your baby from secondhand smoke, which increases the risk of heart and lung disease. Secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes is also harmful. Be aware of any sources of lead in your home, including lead-based paint (in U.S. houses built before 1978). These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.

Your Baby’s 6-Month Checkup

By 6 months, a baby is sitting up or getting ready to sit up and her back is straightening out. This is an enjoyable new perspective for your baby as she learns to play in more elaborate ways. Everything goes in her mouth — it’s her way of exploring.

Preparing for The Visit

Your baby will get a lot of immunizations at the 6-month checkup. Her thigh (or wherever your provider administers these shots) might be redder than before, and she may get a slight fever as a result. These reactions show that your baby is building up a strong resistance to some serious diseases. Be sure to bring her immunization card and your health-insurance card.

Tip: To help ease the pain from the shots, give your baby the infant version of acetaminophen. Your provider will be able to give you samples of this pain reliever. If you have your own, bring the bottle with you so that your provider can show you the correct dose for your baby’s age and weight.

At the 6-Month Visit, Your Provider Will Probably:

  • Weigh and measure your baby.
  • Give your baby the next round of immunizations.
  • Provide insight into your baby’s development, temperament, and behavior.
  • Help you teach your baby to form a good sleep pattern.
  • Review safety, as she can get into more things every day now and she’ll be on the move soon.

What Your Provider Will Want to Know

Has your baby seen another healthcare provider since the last visit? If so, why? What was the outcome of that visit, and were any medications or treatments prescribed?

Does your baby have any teeth yet? Some do and many don’t. Don’t worry either way. What kinds of sounds does your baby make: “ba,” “da,” or “ma”?

Does your baby “talk”? Describe any babbling, laughing, squealing, imitating, or “coughing” she does. Does she go back and forth with you, and try to imitate your speech?

How does your baby play with things? Does she put things in her mouth, drop them, or throw them? Does she pass things back and forth between her hands?

What can your baby do with her hands? Does she reach for things, take in small objects?

Can your baby sit up with support or by herself? Can she roll over both ways?

Can your baby bear weight on her legs when you hold her up?

Does she turn her head toward you when you enter a room, even before you say anything?

Has your child been ill? Report the details.

Talk It Over

  • Your baby may be ready or getting ready to start eating solid foods. Tell your healthcare provider about any food allergies, asthma, or eczema that runs in your family. Be sure you know how to proceed.
  • Talk over any sleeping problems your baby may be having. Your provider will be able to help.
  • If someone in your household or family has had tuberculosis or any other serious contagious disease, your provider will want to check your baby regularly to be sure he hasn’t been infected. Let your provider know as soon as you’re aware of it.
  • Remind your healthcare provider about any special issues identified at your child’s birth. They may need to be checked again, through a hearing test or blood test, for example. Get the birth records for review if your healthcare provider doesn’t have them.
  • Does your child need fluoride supplements? It will depend on your local water supply.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you’re too anxious to let your baby play on the floor or in a playpen, or if you don’t know how to play with your baby.
  • Discuss where to find materials on play, playgroups, parenting classes, or other community resources.

Speak Up!

Other issues may concern your healthcare provider.

Let your provider know if your baby:

  • Tends to use only one hand, favors one leg, or seems to tilt to one side when he sits or moves.
  • Moves in a way that worries or concerns you. Remember though, that bow legs and rounded feet are still normal at this age.
  • Doesn’t turn to sounds or doesn’t seem to hear well.
  • Crosses his eyes, or doesn’t seem to see well.
  • Doesn’t make any sounds or makes fewer sounds than before.
  • Appears pale.
  • Doesn’t roll over.
  • Shows no interest in toys or objects.
  • Gags on food, always chokes on liquids in a cup, or can’t keep food in his mouth.

What Happens at Baby’s Six-Month Checkup?

Baby’s six-month checkup is coming up. What questions, procedures and immunizations should I expect?

At six months baby is approaching lots of new milestones if he hasn’t already — teething, solid food and crawling — so you’ll talk about all of these at the mid-year check-in, says Preeti Parikh, MD. Here’s what else will happen:

Questions the doctor will ask

  • How are things going? Are there any concerns? Is there anything new going on?
  • Has baby started teething? (This can start as early as four months.)
  • Can he roll over and sit up?
  • Has he started to crawl?
  • Can he make identifiable consonant sounds?

Procedures the doctor will do

Weight check – The doctor or nurse will measure and weigh baby and plot weight, height, and head circumference on a growth chart that indicates the average height and weight for boys and girls. The idea is to check that baby stays within the same percentile range from checkup to checkup.

Physical – The doctor will check baby’s reflexes, joints, eyes, ears, mouth, heart, lungs, genitals and reflexes. She’ll also take a look at the shape of baby’s head and look at his soft spots (fontanels) to make sure they’re developing properly.

Vaccines baby may get – These come at the end, and are the same shots baby had at the two- and four-month checkups. Depending on the practice, some of the vaccines are given in combo shots.

  • Pneumococcal (PCV)
  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • Polio vaccines
  • Rotavirus vaccine (If baby has been receiving the Rotarix version, he won’t receive a third round of the RV vaccine. But if he’s been receiving the RotaTeq version, he will get this third dose. It all depends on what pharmaceutical company your doctor works with.)
  • Hepatitis B

Recommendations the doctor will make

• It’s time to start introducing solids if you haven’t already. Start with one pureed food a day. Baby cereal, fruits or vegetables are all good first foods. If you do try something new, do it early in the day so you can watch for a reaction and have time throughout the day to call the doctor should baby get sick.

• Introduce water in a sippy cup. Water is important to help with digestion and to provide fluoride.

• Start brushing baby’s teeth if you haven’t already.

• Continue with vitamin D supplements if baby is on breast milk only.

• Talk, read and sing to engage baby and aid in development.

• Baby-proof the house, since baby will start crawling between six and nine months.

• Depending on the season, baby is now eligible for a flu shot. Ask the doctor when is the right time to administer one.

Expert: Preeti Parikh, MD, New York City-based pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics

Checkup Checklist: 6 months old

Happy half-birthday to your beautiful baby! By 6 months, most babies have doubled their birth weights. Your 6-month checkup will cover a lot, so get your questions ready!

✅ Immunizations

At the 6-month visit, your baby may receive the third doses of the following vaccines​.

  • Rotavirus vaccine Diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenza type B vaccine (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
  • Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV)

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend the seasonal influenza vaccine (flu shot) for children 6 months of age and older as soon as it becomes available. So, if your pediatrician has the influenza vaccine available, be sure to add that one to your checklist.

Note: Infants and children up to 8 years of age who are getting their flu shot for the first time may need two doses, given at least four weeks apart. Be sure to follow up with your baby’s second dose if they get their first one at this appointment.

✅ Screenings

Dental health check:

Your pediatrician may apply fluoride varnish after your baby’s first tooth appears. Most babies begin to cut teeth around 6 months of age.

Maternal depression:

Your pediatrician will ask you how you are feeling. If you are having postpartum issues with breastfeeding, anxiety, or sadness, or anything else, please feel free to discuss it with your baby’s pediatrician.

✅Feeding & development

Your pediatrician will measure and weigh your baby to make sure their growth is on track, observe their development and behavior, and perform a physical exam.

Questions your pediatrician may ask

  • Have you started giving your baby solid foods?
  • Is your baby rolling over or able to sit up briefly?
  • Has your baby first tooth started to come in?

Questions you may have

  • What’s the best way to treat diaper rash?
  • When do babies start to crawl?
  • How can I help in my baby’s language development? Share books with your baby. Here’s how.
  • What should I do if my baby doesn’t like trying new foods​?


Questions your pediatrician may ask

  • Have you childproofed your home?
  • Do you know what to do in a choking emergency?

Once baby is eating solid foods, remember to only give very soft, small bites of finger foods.

Questions you may have

  • How can I reduce my baby’s chances of developing RSV and bronchiolitis?
  • What should the babysitter know about feeding the baby now?

Here’s what caregivers need to know about feeding children.

✅ Communication T​ips

Never hesitate to call your pediatrician’s office with any questions or concerns—even if you know the office is closed. If your pediatrician is unable to see you but believes your baby should be examined, they will advise you on the most appropriate place for your baby to receive care and how quickly your baby should be seen.

Baby’s 6-Month Checkup: What to Expect

Congratulations! Your baby is halfway through their first year. They may be squealing, cooing, and making noises that almost sound like words. Get ready for some more big changes. Your baby will be sitting and crawling soon. If you haven’t already, be sure to safety-proof your home before your baby gets moving.

Here’s what to expect at your baby’s 6-month checkup. You Can Expect Your Baby’s Doctor to:

Measure your baby’s weight, height, and head circumference.

Give your baby a yearly flu shot, either at this visit or any of the next few checkups in the autumn months.

Questions Your Baby’s Doctor May Ask

  • Is your baby rolling back and forth?
  • Is your baby sitting up on their own or with a little help?
  • Has your baby started teething?
  • Does your baby pass objects from one hand to the other?

Feeding and Nutrition Questions You May Have

  • What solid foods is my baby ready for now?
  • What foods should and shouldn’t I give them?

Tips on Feeding Your Baby

  • When your baby is ready to move on from infant cereal, try vegetables, meat, and fruits.
  • Puree, mash, or cut food into tiny pieces. Do not give your baby raw fruits or vegetables just yet.
  • Give baby one new food at a time.
  • Wait 2 to 3 days to see if baby has a reaction before trying a new food.
  • Don’t give your baby cow’s milk, honey, seafood, peanuts, or tree nuts right now. If you decide to offer egg, start with the yellow part first.
  • Your baby’s poop may change color or consistency, depending on what they eat.
  • Try using a sippy cup.

Playtime Questions You May Have

How should I play with my 6-month-old?

Playtime Tips

Play peek-a-boo!

Place toys just out of reach on the floor to encourage crawling.

Read to your baby every day and give them board books to “read” on their own and explore.

Give your baby things they can manipulate — like stacking cups, blocks, pots and pans, and squeaky toys.

Baby Safety Tips

Your baby may soon be propelling themselves around, so continue child-proofing your home:

  • Create a baby-proof safe area where they can move and explore to their heart’s content.
  • Keep older children’s toys — ones with small parts — away from the baby.
  • Put padding on the sharp corners of furniture.
  • Secure electrical cords out of reach.
  • Make sure baby won’t be able to grab or try to pull up on unsteady furniture.
  • Anchor bookcases and TVs to the wall so your child can’t pull them over and hurt themselves.
  • Put safety locks on reachable cabinets.
  • Keep all medications and chemicals out of reach, in locked cabinets.
  • Your baby is getting more social every day.

Soon they’ll be babbling and saying their first words. Just think about how far your baby has come in half a year, and there’s still so much more to come!

Well-Baby Care: 6-Month Visit

The article presents safety tips for parents and caregivers of six-month-old children, as well as expected stages of physical and social development.

What should I know about a well-baby check for my six-month-old child?

Congratulations. Your infant is now 6 months old and developing into a little person. He or she is learning new motor skills and discovering the world around him or her. Developing hand-eye coordination is a big step for your baby, and starts with hand-to-mouth motions. Your baby is not necessarily hungry when he or she puts things into his or her mouth. He or she is exploring new objects. It is important to provide your child with a variety of safe, age-appropriate, and lead-free materials to see, touch, and put in his or her mouth. He or she will enjoy simple, safe, brightly colored toys such as balls and blocks the most. Placing your child on his or her stomach on the floor or in a playpen is essential for developing visual and motor skills, such as reaching and grasping objects. Alternating positions — stomach, back, and sitting up — will keep your child from getting bored.

Six-month-olds are able to play by themselves for short periods of time. Play is the work of the child and becomes more complex, more thematic, and lasts longer as he or she grows older. Playing allows your infant to learn and practice new motor skills. You will notice your child repeating activities over and over as he or she figures out how things work and learns to think for himself or herself. Your infant will also explore feelings through play. By playing with your baby, you will strengthen your relationship and enhance the quality and duration of playtime. However, be aware of over-stimulation or “overload,” which can overwhelm your infant, causing your child to “tune out.” At this time, it is important to sit back and let your infant lead the play activity.

Mealtime is another learning experience. Your infant is now ready for three meals of solid foods a day. One cereal and two vegetable or fruit servings each day is recommended. Each meal should also include breast milk or formula. He or she most likely will take another bottle in the evening. It is normal for your baby to decrease the amount of breast milk or formula at each feeding as his or her intake of other foods increases. He or she can begin feeding himself or herself soft foods such as mashed potatoes or cooked carrots. It will be messy, but fun. Meats can be introduced at 8 to 9 months of age. Peel any skin from foods, as it can cause choking.

Your infant is also becoming more vocal — babbling, laughing, and squealing. Your child also enjoys smiling in a mirror and you reading to him or her.

Please refer to the safety information below:

  • The car seat should be rear-facing and placed in the back seat.
  • NEVER leave an infant in a vehicle in any weather.
  • Gate any open stairway. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home.
  • Install a carbon monoxide sensor.
  • A playpen is a safe environment in which to play.
  • DO NOT place your infant in a walker.
  • It is unsafe at any age and at any speed.
  • Keep medicines and poisons in locked cabinets.
  • If a poison is swallowed, call the POISON CONTROL CENTER toll-free at 800.222.1222.
  • Keep poisonous house plants out of reach.
  • Cover electrical outlets.
  • Eliminate home hazards: Dangling cords Pot and pan handles on the stove Hot liquids Table cloths Small objects that can be swallowed

Doctor visit: The 6-month checkup

What the doctor will do

Weigh and measure your baby

You’ll need to undress your baby completely for weighing. The doctor weighs your baby, measures length and head circumference, and plots the numbers on a growth chart. The chart enables you to see how your baby compares with other children the same age. If her percentiles have changed a little bit, don’t worry – she’s just settling into her own growth pattern.

Do a complete physical

  • Heart and lungs: Uses a stethoscope to listen for any abnormal heart rhythms or breathing problems.
  • Eyes: Checks for signs of congenital eye conditions and other problems. May also check for blocked tear ducts and discharge.
  • Ears: Looks for signs of infection and observes how your baby responds to sound.
  • Mouth: Looks for signs of thrush (an oral yeast infection) and any new teeth, among other things.
  • Head: Checks the soft spots (fontanels) and the shape of your baby’s head. Also checks to see if your baby’s head is developing a flat spot.
  • Body: Checks your baby’s reflexes and muscle tone, and examines his skin for rashes. Also assesses your baby’s muscle control when sitting upright as well as how he interacts, reaches, and grabs things.
  • Belly: Presses gently on the abdomen to check for a hernia or enlarged organs.
  • Genitals: Opens your baby’s diaper and checks for signs of infection.
  • Hips and legs: Moves your baby’s legs around to look for problems in the hip joints.

Give your baby her shots Your baby will receive the hepatitis B, DTaP, polio, pneumococcal, and Hib vaccines (combined in two or three shots) and rotavirus vaccine (given orally). He’s also due for his first flu shot if it’s flu season. An assistant may administer the vaccines. This is usually done at the end of the appointment so you can have some privacy afterward to comfort your baby. Address any other concerns The doctor will address any other concerns (such as childproofing your home before your baby crawls) ask you some questions (see below), and help you understand what’s normal at this age.

Questions the doctor may ask:

  • How’s your baby sleeping? At 6 months your baby will probably be sleeping about 14 to 15 hours in a 24-hour period.
  • Does your baby seem ready for solid food? Four to 6 months is the recommended age to start your baby on solids – that is, the mushy cereal that passes for baby’s first solid food. The doctor can help you decide how to begin, if you haven’t already. Be sure to tell the doctor about any food allergies that run in your family. If you’ve already started, let the doctor know if your baby gags on food or spits up a lot. He may have a treatable digestive problem called reflux.)
  • What are your baby’s bowel movements like? As your baby starts eating solids, his bowel movements will get harder and smellier. But in general, your baby’s stools should still be fairly soft. Dry or pellet-like stools are a sign of dehydration, or constipation. Tell your doctor if you notice this.
  • Can your baby roll over or sit up? At 6 months many babies can roll over both ways (front to back and back to front) and sit without support, although some need a little more time to master these skills. If your baby hasn’t learned to roll over at least one way, tell your doctor.
  • Has your baby started teething? Some babies get their first tooth as early as 6 months – or even earlier. Your baby may suffer from red, swollen, and tender gums while his teeth are erupting. Your doctor can suggest ways to soothe your baby’s gums. Once the first tooth shows up, the doctor will recommend that your child drink fluoridated water or take fluoride drops.
  • What sounds does your baby make? At this age your baby’s language skills include babbling, squealing, laughing, imitating others, and coughing. He’s probably also making identifiable sounds such as “ba,” “da,” or “ma.” If your baby doesn’t make any sounds or is “talking” less than before, tell the doctor.
  • Is your baby interested in the world around him? By now your baby should be well into exploratory play, putting objects in his mouth and banging, dropping, or throwing things. Tell the doctor if your baby doesn’t seem interested in toys or other objects.
  • How are your baby’s fine motor skills? Your baby probably reaches for and grabs things, and he may also use his hands to sweep small objects toward him and transfer things from hand to hand.
  • How are your baby’s gross motor skills? Your baby should be able to bear weight on his feet when you hold him up. Bowed legs and rounded feet – arched up instead of flat for walking – are still normal at this age, but if your baby moves in a way that worries you, favors one leg, seems to tilt sideways when he moves, or tends to use only one hand, let the doctor know.
  • Have you noticed anything unusual about your baby’s eyes or the way he looks at things? At every well-baby visit, the doctor should check the structure and alignment of the eyes and your baby’s ability to move them correctly. By 6 months, your baby should be able to control his eye movements and should no longer appear cross-eyed at times.
  • How is your baby’s hearing? If your baby doesn’t turn toward sounds, be sure to tell his doctor. The sooner potential hearing problems are investigated, the sooner they can be treated.

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