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Ages & Stages

Checkup Checklist: 6 Months Old

​​​​​Happy half-birthday to your beautiful baby! By 6 months, most babies have doubled their birth weights. Your 6-month checkup will cover a lot, so get your questions ready!

✅ Immunizations

At the 6-month visit, your baby may receive the third doses of the following vaccines​.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend the seasonal influenza vaccine (flu shot) for children 6 months of age and older as soon as it becomes available. So, if your pediatrician has the influenza vaccine available, be sure to add that one to your checklist.

Note: Infants and children up to 8 years of age who are getting their flu shot for the first time may need two doses, given at least four weeks apart. Be sure to follow up with your baby's second dose if they get their first one at this appointment.

✅ Screenings

  • Dental health check: Your pediatrician may apply fluoride varnish after your baby's first tooth appears. Most babies begin to cut teeth around 6 months of age.

  • Postpartum depression: Your pediatrician will ask you how you are feeling. If you or your partner are having postpartum issues with breastfeeding, anxiety, or sadness, or anything else, please feel free to discuss it with your baby's pediatrician.

✅Feeding & development

Your pediatrician will measure and weigh your baby to make sure their growth is on track, observe their development and behavior, and perform a physical exam.

Questions your pediatrician may ask

Questions you may have

❓ Did you know
It may take 10–15 times of giving your baby a food to try before they learn to like it. Be patient! 


Questions your pediatrician may ask

Questions you may have

✅ Communication t​ips

Never hesitate to call your pediatrician's office with any questions or concerns—even if you know the office is closed. If your pediatrician is unable to see you but believes your baby should be examined, they will advise you on the most appropriate place for your baby to receive care and how quickly your baby should be seen.

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The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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