Baby at Six Months

As your baby gets older you will see them changing - along with their needs. This section will provider next-step child safety tips, car seat information, swimming, teething, and sleep and comfort needs.

Safe Sleep for your Baby: Resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada

Speech and Language Development: Ontario Ministry of Health resources

Using a Rear Facing Car Seat: Resources from Transport Canada

Well Baby Information: Rourke baby record

Swimming with your Baby - City of Ottawa classes

Baby Teeth are Important: Ottawa Public Health

Treating Fever in Babies: Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Immunization schedule tool - Public Health Agency of Canada

CANimmunize app - look for this app in your phone's app store

Reducing the pain in childhood vaccinations

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Next-step" safety tips (as baby grows and develops):

  • Never use a baby walker. Walkers are dangerous and don't help babies learn to walk.
  • Open doors cautiously. Babies can be hidden behind them. When you close a door, make sure baby's fingers are not in the way.
  • Never leave baby in the care of small children.
  • Keep unsteady furniture out of reach. It can be pulled over easily.
  • Due to the risk of suffocation, never use ribbons, chains or strings to attach a pacifier.
  • Beware of electrical outlets; all outlets should have a plastic cover.
  • Never leave baby alone in the bath. Not even for a few seconds.
  • Never leave baby near a fire, over door, electric iron, kettle, or fan.
  • Keep the crib sides up. Baby can easily topple out at this age.
  • Never place baby's highchair near a stove, electric appliance, plants, or in a high traffic area.
  • Keep babies away from stairs. Stairs are dangerous.
  • Unplug electric appliances when not in use and keep cords out of baby's reach as they can bite them or trip over them.
  • Avoid play areas with sharp-edges tables and furniture, or cover table corners.
  • Avoid feeding infants hard-to-swallow foods such as nuts, raw carrots, orange segments, candies, chips, gum, grapes, raisins, and hot dogs, as these can choke a young child.

(Information containing safety tips as above sourced from: Ontario Medical Association's Committee on Accidental Injuries)

 

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