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Developmental stage of a six-month-old baby

Dr. 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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Sheila Nov 11, 2016 02:32:44 PM ET

I have 3 kids under age 5 right now, plus 2 older ones and my baby is not yet 7 months. She wears size 12-18 clothes, size 3-4 diapers, and has two bottom teeth, but still teething. She went from rolling over to doing push ups to getting on all fours and finally independent crawling and sitting up very quickly. Less than a week later now she is pulling herself up on furniture and letting herself down. She is VERY aware of herself and things around her. If she sits on your laps she will look behind her to look at who is holding her first. I honestly think it is because of her older brothers! They adore her and pay lots of attention to her and play with her so I think she just wants to catch up. Contrastingly, she still has a hard time learning to eat. I think she is just focusing so hard on that skill she's neglecting the other. But I'm not worried. My other son aged 3 1/2 is extremely smart and physically skilled but lacking in verbal skills, and just now is learning to use longer sentences. In the end she will learn at her own pace!

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haley Feb 28, 2013 02:21:11 PM ET

My daughter turned 6 months and shes doing everything this lady posted she started crawling but didnt crawl long before she started pulling up! I have an almost 2 yr old tho so i think shes just tryin to keep up with her big sister :/

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Randee Dec 3, 2011 11:14:32 PM ET

My little girl just hit 6 months a few days ago. She eats about 26oz of formula and 1 1/2 things of gerber 2nd foods a day. She's 27.5 in long and at least 20lbs. She's been crawling since 5 months and is now pulling herself up on everything. When she's standing in my lap she'll hold my hands and take turns letting go of each and trying to balance. I'm blown away by how fast she's growing and learning! I'm ready for her to slow down! haha

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megan Mar 25, 2011 09:41:54 PM ET

I found everything intresting and my son was crawling by six months and walking by eight so all kids are diffrent i just think some kids wanta go lol

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Sania Ali Oct 6, 2010 08:29:01 AM ET

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Roma Jun 4, 2010 05:00:14 PM ET

My 5 month old baby,start solid food ,she always get eager for eating,but she does not like water i guess,she has started to observe the numbers and letters also,during breastfeed she also stare my dress and try to trap flowers on it.

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karina Apr 12, 2010 02:48:25 PM ET

The week before* my son turned 6 months he stared craawling and the week he turned it he was pulling his self up on EVERYTHING!!

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maryann Dec 17, 2009 02:34:13 AM ET

MY FIVE MONTH OLD WAS BORN JUNE, 25 2009 AT FIVE MONTHS HE CRAWLS and turn around on his stomach and pull his self up AND STAND UP IN HIS MOTION GLIDER holding on to the top with his face hanging down. my son is all over the place, he was always advance one month before his normal development stage for his age. he was always a very active baby. my son eats stage one baby food,and love it he always had a very big appetite from day one. he should be more than 17 pounds. he was 15 pounds at 4 months.

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chantelle Mar 26, 2009 09:56:43 PM ET

Wow that is awesome. I have twin girls that just turned 6 months old last sunday. One of which weighs 15 lbs 1 oz, height 26 inches and the other at 15 lbs 12.5 oz, height 24 inches. I have them on gerber 1st foods. I do 1 vegt. and 1 fruit around noon and the same around 6 or 7pm. They share that. formula, juice and water. They have not cut teeth yet therefor I haven't introduced gerber's 2nd yet. Should I? Neither are crawling nor pulling them selves up to reach furniture. One of them brings herself up on all fours now though so we think she will be crawling pretty soon.

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Amie Carnes Dec 8, 2008 07:30:00 AM ET

That's amazing that her baby is 6 months old and crawling and pulling up! My 6 1/2 month old is similar sized (18 1/2 lbs, 28 inches tall, size 12 month clothing and 4 shoes) All she does is sit unsupported and rolls all over. Occationally she will scoot a few inches here and there. I've seen her push up to all four very briefly, like a few seconds. She eats 1 to 2 jars of stage 2 baby food total a day, and breast feeds like 8 times daily, (today I pumped like 7 ounces so she's eatting like 56 ounces a day!) We are working on weaning off the night feedings. She hates veggies, will seem to only agree to eat apples and bananas and some fruit on the occation. I'm scared to offer her water as she seems very dependant on milk right now. She just cut her 2nd tooth (central incisor). We co-sleep and are working on stopping that as she is very active now and I'm worried she will roll of the bed. I have pillows propped on either side of the bed to prevent accident, but that will work for only so long! I appreciate the answer above, but feel it needs more! Unfortuantly I also know that each child needs their own advise, and the answer above is very broad. Thank you! It's good to compare!

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