Developmental stage of a six-month-old babyDr. Christine Wood, M.D
Q I'm trying to find out what stage my 6 month-old son should be at. At the present moment he eats 1 1/2 jars of baby food (stage 2) and drinks an 8 oz bottle of formula a serving (2). He is 19 lbs and stands 30 in tall. He wears size 12m clothing and 4 shoe. He has already mastered crawling and pulling up on household items. My question is he ahead of his age group and what is our next step? Where should we go from here?
A Your son does seem like he is developmentally advanced for his age, if he is already crawling and pulling up on furniture at 6 months. Usually at this age, they are eating solids 2 to 3 times a day with stage 2 foods. The average intake at a sitting is about 1 to 2 jars. Babies are all different, and their appetites will vary from meal to meal. Try to recognize his signals for being full and hungry. If he is enjoying eating and seems to want more than usual, that is fine. If he pushes the spoon away and closes his mouth, consider him done, even if it's less than he normally takes. Formula intake is at around 16 to 24 ounces in a day. Offer water in a cup at times. I usually wait on juices. It is better that he get used to water before the juices. When he can pick up little objects between his thumb and forefinger, you can experiment with a few finger foods, like bananas, cut up in small pieces.Dr. Christine Wood is a practicing pediatrician in Southern California. She attended the University of Detroit for her undergraduate degree in chemistry and received her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her pediatric resid
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