6 Months

Healthy Habits


  • Continue progression of solids and introduction of texture – a great way to start is to thicken the puree of a known fruit or vegetable or fork mash
  • harder textures like teething biscuits or “melts”  should be started when the baby is sitting well on their own – Avoid choke foods (peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, whole grapes and candy)
  • Start creating a “feeding schedule” – 3 meals with solids and 2 snacks that may be a combination of solids and breast milk/formula.  Most babies will still have an AM and night time feeding.  Overnight feedings should be decreasing in frequency
  • No honey or karo syrup
  • Start introducing a sippy cup – especially at meal time – it should contain no more than 3 ounces of breast milk/formula or water.  Avoid fruit juices
  • Some great tips on solid progression:  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx

Infant Care

  • some babies may have their first teeth – establish good oral hygiene by wiping mouth  with a washcloth or brushing once a day
  • Give opportunities for safe exploration and communication
  • Use distraction as discipline
  • Continue to provide opportunities to learn self soothing and self calming
  • The following link provides some great developmental information:  https://www.healthychildren.org/english/ages-stages/baby/Pages/default.aspx


  • Babbles reciprocally
  • Says “mama” and “dada”
  • Sits with support
  • Self-comforts
  • Grasps and mouths objects
  • Transfers objects between hands
  • Prefers parents to strangers
  • May see first tooth (usually the 2 central lower teeth come in first)
  • Most infants should now be sleeping through the night


  • Pediarix (DTaP, IPV, Hep B)
  • HIB
  • pneumococcal vaccine 13
  • Rotavirus oral vaccine