Educational Materials for 6 Month Well Visit

The topics listed below are based on American Academy of Pediatrics national recommendations about the kinds of things that are important to discuss or get more information about for children your child's age.

Click on the info to get education and tips from pediatric health care experts about each topic.

How you and your family are doing:

How you balance taking care of yourself while being a parent More Info
Making sure you have somewhere or someone to turn to for emotional support More Info
Getting help for times when it may be hard to meet your family's basic needs, like food, clothing, and housing More Info
Issues related to childcare, such as a nanny, daycare or babysitters More Info
How tobacco, alcohol, or drug use in the home impacts my child More Info

How your child is developing:

Behaviors to expect in the next few months More Info
What your child is able to understand More Info
How your child communicates his needs More Info
How your child responds to new people or caregivers More Info
Why showing a picture book to or reading with your child is important More Info
Establishing consistent daily routines and their impact on behavior More Info
Sleep patterns and sleep routines More Info
Why the experts say no TV, and no digital media except for when communicating with family (including tablets, smartphones, computers) More Info
Fussiness, irritability and night waking More Info
Your child’s moods and emotions More Info
“Back-to-sleep” and crib safety - avoiding soft toys and bedding More Info
Tips for calming and relaxing your child More Info

How your child is eating and growing:

Understanding feeding time behaviors More Info
What to feed your child, what to avoid More Info
How much food your child needs, weight gain More Info
Vitamins your child may or should take More Info
Guidance on breast feeding More Info
Guidance on formula feeding More Info

Your child’s dental health – before teeth:

Fluoride for your child’s teeth More Info
Tips for brushing teeth or gums More Info
Why to avoid bottles in bed More Info

Your child’s safety:

Childproofing for a crawling baby More Info
Installing and using your child's rear-facing car safety seat correctly More Info
Preventing burns and how to change hot water heater temperature More Info
Preventing falls, safety issues with wheeled baby walkers More Info
Preventing choking, common hazards More Info
What to do if your child swallows poison and when to call the poison control center More Info
Bathtub, water and pool safety More Info