What can I expect from my first pediatric appointment?

By Ruthie Friedlander

Babe should have their first “well visit” appointment between 3-5 days after birth. Considering bringing your partner or anyone who can support. Two people can help with stroller issues, waiting room shenanigans and help with driving, parking, public transport etc. Dress your baby in easy clothing, since the doctor will examine their body, and bring a change of clothes, diapers, wipes and all the goodies you’ll start to pack in your diaper bag. Remember also to refresh yourself on your family medical history, since you’ll likely be filling out a ton of paperwork. 

A nurse will likely handle the first part of the exam, like weighing your baby on a scal and measuring their height, width and head circumference. Remember, it’s totally normal if your babe loses weight post-delivery. They’ll generally gain it back within two or so weeks.

Next comes the pediatrician, who will peep your babe’s bod from head to toe. They’ll feel along babe’s neckline to check their collarbone, palm their head to check for a still-soft fontanel (the soft part of their skull responsible for brain growth), perform a reflex check, measure their pulse and look at their genitals. They’ll also ask you how feeding, sleeping, LIFE is going and whether you have any issues or concerns. Remember, they’re going to cover a lot of ground, so ask them to repeat anything you’re not sure of. You might also want to prep by making your own list of questions.

Following that first visit, your lineup of well-visits should include 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months. Trust us, the schedule will lighten up as they get older.