Babies should continue to drink breast milk or formula until 1 year of age.
If your baby has not already started solid foods, you can start with rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. Always feed your baby solid foods from a spoon. Avoid putting solid foods in the bottle. Initially, make the cereal more liquidy, but you can gradually thicken it by adding less liquid as your baby gets used to eating more solid foods. As you introduce new foods, try them for 5 days before introducing another new food in case your baby has a food allergy. After your baby is tolerating the rice cereal, you can try barley or oatmeal cereal. Also, with trying new foods, it is better to start with single ingredients, rather than mixed foods. Once your baby is tolerating cereals for 1 month, you can advance to yellow vegetables, green vegetables, and fruits. You can start meats when your baby is 7 to 8 months old. Do not give eggs or honey until 1 year of age.
Give vitamins if you are still breastfeeding and not giving any formula. If your water supply is not fluoridated, your baby may also need fluoride supplements.
Begin introducing your baby to a cup. You can put formula, breast milk, juice or water in the cup and gradually get your baby used to using it. If you give your baby juice, limit the juice intake to 4 ounces/day to limit the sugar consumption and help prevent tooth decay. Try to wean your baby off all bottles by 1 year of age.
Try to place your baby in the crib when he or she is drowsy, but still awake. Do not put your baby in bed with a bottle. Try to establish a good bedtime routine to help your child learn to fall asleep on his or her own and to sleep through the night. This may include something like reading a book, listening to music, and turning the lights off. Keep the routine the same every night, so your baby knows what to expect.Try to avoid rocking your baby until he or she is completely asleep. This will help your baby learn to fall asleep on his own and be more likely to sleep through the night. When babies awaken in the middle of the night, they frequently need the same surroundings to help them fall back to sleep. So if your baby is used to being rocked to sleep, he will need to be rocked again when he wakes in the middle of the night. If you help your child learn to fall asleep independently, he will be more likely to put himself back to sleep on his own.
Many babies may develop their first tooth at this time. You may notice your baby drooling a lot and chewing on her fingers.
ALL children 6 months of age and older should receive a Flu vaccine every fall!
The DTaP, Hep B, Hib, PCV13 are given as shots, but the Rotavirus vaccine is given by mouth.
Your baby may get a fever and be fussy for 24-48 hours after the immunizations. There may also be some soreness, redness and swelling at the sites of the immunizations. Acetaminophen may be given to help make your baby more comfortable.
For more detailed information about each vaccine, click on the above links.
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