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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 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 to a new food (bloating or gas, vomiting or diarrhea, fussiness, rash). Breast milk and formula still provide most of your infant's nutrition.
Peeing and pooping. You may notice a change in your baby's poopy diapers once 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 average about 14 hours of sleep per day, including two or three daytime naps. Most babies this age usually "sleep through the night" for a stretch of at least 6 hours.
Developing. By 6 months, it's common for many babies to:
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. Perform a physical exam with your baby undressed while you are 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.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD