Anticipatory Guidance 6 Month Checkup


  • Maintain consistent family routine

Development and Behavior

  • Promote language using simple words
  • Provide age-appropriate toys, remove small toys/pins/plastic pieces
  • Read books and talk about pictures/story using simple words
  • Use distraction for discipline


  • Introduce solids slowly, one at a time
  • No bottle in bed
  • Store breast milk in freezer
  • Store prepared formula (for daily use only) in refrigerator
  • Mash up table foods if given, no hot dogs cut into circles
  • Offer juice in cup during snack time

Routine Care

  • Clean mouth/teeth with soft cloth/toothbrush twice a day
  • Teething


  • Lead risk assessment
  • Do not use walker
  • Crib safety with slats ≤2-3/8”
  • Do not leave alone in bath water
  • Home safety for fire/carbon monoxide poisoning, stair/window gates, electrical outlet covers, cleaning supplies, and
    medicines out of reach
  • Keep hand on infant when on bed or changing on table/couch
  • Lock up guns
  • No shaking baby (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • Provide safe/quality day care, if needed
  • Sleep in crib on back with no loose covers or soft bedding
  • Use rear-facing car seat in back seat of car until child is at least 2 years old, or reaches the height and weight limit set by the car seat maker
  • Choking hazards


Last updated October 17, 2016