The U5 check-up is due to take place when your baby is between six and seven months old. At this point your child is already half a year old and has changed quite a bit. The tiny infant who could barely move has grown into an active, curious little creature. From day to day your child will become more independent. That's why the U5 check-up is all about movement. Among other things, your paediatrician will want to see how mobile your child is so that they are well prepared for the next developmental steps, such as crawling and then walking.

Your doctor will again measure your baby's height, weight and head circumference and palpate the fontanelle. There is also an eye test and a motor skills test that checks how well your child can perform certain movements. Your doctor will also examine how your baby responds to you and how they behave with strangers.

Some children already have their first teeth at the U5, while others are just beginning to teethe or are still waiting. Whenever that may be, as soon as the first teeth appear, dental care plays an important role. That's why your doctor looks closely at your child's mouth. If there are any abnormalities, you will be referred to a dentist for your baby.

The U5 is a good time to look at your child's vaccination record and check that all immunisations are current. If necessary, you can make a new appointment for any missing vaccinations right away. If you are unsure or have questions about the benefits or safety of individual vaccinations, you can also bring these up at the U5 or any other check-up.

At the U5 examination, your paediatrician will also give you tips on how to best prevent accidents with your child and how to get them used to regular sleeping times. You will also receive information on how to help your baby learn to speak more easily. Another issue addressed at the U5 check-up is nutrition. Some babies are still fully breastfed at six months. However, experts advise that by six months at the latest, parents should gradually replace a baby's milk meals with what are known as complementary foods.

Use the appointment to again go through all your questions that have come up since the U4 or anything else that may be on your mind. The best thing to do is make an appointment for the next check-up while you’re there. The right time for the U6 is when your baby is ten to twelve months old.