Your baby should continue having breast milk or infant formula until he is 1 year old. Most bottle-fed babies now take 6 to 8 ounces of formula 4 times a day. Encourage your baby to drink formula and juice from a cup now. This is a good time to begin weaning from the bottle. We encourage you to wean him by one year of age.
Your baby may prefer table food. He may want to try to feed himself. If you feed him food from the table, do not add extra salt. He may be able to handle soft chunks of food such as soft potatoes, cooked green beans, soft diced carrots, etc. You can continue to add meats to your baby’s diet.
By now your child probably has 1 or more teeth. After meals and before bedtime, try to wash off the teeth with a clean cloth. You should also continue fluoride drops if it is not in the water.
DEVELOPMENT AND DISCIPLINE
Babies are starting to crawl and pull themselves up to stand. They love to bang things together to make sounds. They may start to say “dada” and “mama.”
At this age, babies learn what “no” means. Say “no” calmly and firmly and either take away the item that your child should not be playing with or remove him from the situation. If your child continues to do what you told him not to do, you can put your baby in a playpen for 1 minute without any toys or attention from you.
Give your baby a choice of toys to play with and talk about to him about the ones he chooses. During play you can give lots of kisses and hugs. Peek-a-boo is a favorite game.
A regular bedtime hour and routine are important. Babies enjoy looking at picture books. You may want to read one regularly with your child. A favorite blanket or stuffed animal may help your baby feel secure at bedtime. If your baby wakes up a lot at night, ask us for advice. Do not put your baby in bed with a bottle.
CAR SEAT SAFETY
If your child reaches 20 pounds and is still riding in an infant seat, it may be time for a new car seat. He should be placed in a car seat that will fit backwards in the car until two years of age. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing new or converting old car seats for your child.
- Avoid candy, hot dogs, peanuts, etc. that can cause choking in your baby.
- Store toys in a chest without a dropping lid.
- Put plastic covers in unused electrical outlet.
- Keep curling irons and electrical cords out of reach.
- Use care around stoves and other hot items.
- Never leave your baby alone in a bathtub.
- Always supervise your baby around water, including toilets and buckets.
- Never leave your baby alone around steps, open windows, or other places that he can fall from.
- Keep sharp objects out of the way.
- Keep medicines and chemicals safely locked away or disposed of safely.
- Keep the number handy for the Poison Control Center: 1-800-222-1222
Your baby may need the following immunizations if not already done:
- HEPATITIS B – This vaccine may be given at either the 6 or nine month visit.
CALL OUR OFFICE IF:
- Your child has a reaction to his vaccine.
- Your child gets a fever that lasts longer than 48 hours.
- Your child gets an illness that needs medical attention.
- Your child is in an accident where you suspect a broken bone or he has bleeding that cannot be quickly controlled.
- Other questions about your child’s health.