- Is it time to check the smoke alarms again? Do they need new batteries?
- No matter how shallow the bath water is, an unsupervised infant can drown in it
- Keep baby rear-facing in the car seat until he is 20 pounds and 1 year of age
- Make sure the hot water heater is set no higher than 120oF to prevent burns
It is also a good time to ask about what concerns you have about your baby’s care. The next routine checkup is usually at 9 months of age. Things your baby may be able to do between now and then include:
- Able to self-feed some finger foods
- Make wet razzing sounds (some call these raspberries)
- Play peekaboo
- Imitate some sounds
- Turn head away when finished eating
- Sit unsupported
- Babble enthusiastically
- Respond to own name
- Show some anxiety when removed from parent
If your baby was born prematurely, a test looking for anemia (hematocrit or hemoglobin) may be done.
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
- HiB (Haemophilus influenza type B)
- Hep B (Hepatitis B)
- Flu shot -- Now recommended for babies over six months of age
Good luck, have fun, and don’t forget to schedule the nine-month visit.