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Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC): When I am 6-8 Months Old

MN WIC Program

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I should go to my healthcare provider for a Child and Teen Checkup when I am 6 months old to see if I am growing and healthy.

If there is a history of allergies in your family, talk with your baby's doctor before starting any new foods.


  • I CAN...
  • Sit with support, by 8 months sit alone
  • Roll over
  • Try to put things in my mouth
  • Begin to chew in up and down munching movements
  • Show interest in your cup and reach for it (7 months)
  • Grasp and hold on things with my palms (8 months)

  • YOU CAN...

  • Watch for signs that I am ready for solids: I sit with support, hold my head up, reach for things, watch food and wait with my mouth open
  • Keep breastfeeding. Offer me pureed meats or other protein foods at 6 months
  • Give baby cereal with iron from a spoon - begin with plain rice cereal mixed thin with breastmilk or formula; later try oatmeal and barley
  • Give me new foods one at a time; wait 5-7 days before starting another new one
  • Try different food textures when I am ready; first smooth pureed foods, then mashed foods, and later ground or finely chopped foods
  • Offer cereals, vegetables, fruits and protein foods (mashed beans, eggs, cottage cheese, cheese or meats - no hot dogs or luncheon meats)
  • Teach me to drink from a cup by offering sips of breastmilk, formula or water. Avoid sipper cups with spill-proof lids

  • TO KEEP ME SAFE & HEALTHY...
  • Breastfeed me
  • Use an approved car seat in the back seat
  • Take me to my checkup on schedule
  • Put safety gates across the top and bottom of stairs; put baby locks on cabinets
  • Keep my shots up-to-date
  • Keep me far away from cigarette smoke, hot liquids and the hot stove
  • Keep a hand on me at all times when I am in water, never leave me alone near water, in a car or on a bed, couch, table or chair
  • Talk to me, read to me, and play with me; let me play on the floor and learn to crawl
  • Put me to sleep on my back in a safe sleeping area
  • Give me safe baby toys, nothing with small parts
  • Keep medicines and cleaning supplies out of my reach or locked up
  • Cover unused electrical outlets; keep electrical cords and cords from blinds or drapes out of my reach

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