Fluoride: Please tell us at this visit if you have well water or are exclusively using bottled water for your drinking supply.
Have your well water checked for fluoride.
GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Your baby now prefers his/her mother, babbles, enjoys mirrors, smiles at his/her reflection, and recognizes familiar voices.
Your baby can take an object in each hand and transfer an object between hands.
Your baby can now roll front to back and may also pivot.
Your baby may sit up briefly, leaning forward on his/her hands a rounded back.
Solids including vegetables, fruits and meats can be started.
Remember to introduce no more than one new food every three days. Avoid honey until your child is one year old.
In order to recognize specific allergies, start only one new food at a time for three consecutive days before another new food is introduced. Offer 1-2 tablespoons of solid food 2-3 times a day.
Continue to place your baby on his/her back for sleeping.
Remember to rotate your baby’s position in the crib.
Sleeping on the same side may cause the skull to become misshapen.
Place safety gates on stairs.
Lock up poisons, medicine and cleaning supplies.
Keep the poison control number handy, i.e. in your cell phone.
Make sure to read to your child at least once a day.
You can visit Reach Out & Read for reading tips, how to choose books appropriate for your child's age, other resources, and access the library's site here.
This is a good time to begin to the introduction of a drinking cup with water.
The first tooth usually erupts between 5 and 9 months of age.
Use a soft cloth or toothbrush to clean each tooth with water only as it comes in.
Fluoride varnish may be applied to erupted teeth at this visit.
Vitamins with fluoride may be prescribed at this time.
PREPARATION FOR VISIT
Your doctor will review milestone information with you during your visit.
You may download and print the Bright Futures Parent Handout for this age range here (click to access PDF).