Baby's First Checkup: What to Expect
This may be your first big "trip" away from home with baby. Everything is still so new, and you probably have many questions. This is a great time to talk to your baby's doctor!
Here's what to expect at your baby's first checkup.
You Can Expect Your Baby's Doctor to:
- Measure your baby's weight, length, and head circumference
- Examine your baby's eyes and test reflexes as part of a complete physical exam
- Give a hepatitis B vaccine if your baby didn't get it at the hospital
Questions Your Baby's Doctor May Ask
- When is your baby nursing and how often?
- What are baby's bowel movements like?
- How many wet diapers is baby having?
- How is your baby sleeping?
- What position does baby sleep in?
- Have you noticed any problems with your baby's eyesight or hearing?
Questions You May Have About Feeding
- How often should my baby be eating?
- How do I know if she's getting enough?
- Be sure to breastfeed every 2 to 3 hours or formula feed about 1½ ounces every 2 to 4 hours. At this age, you will need to wake up baby to feed her if she has been sleeping for more than 4 hours.
- If your baby seems satisfied after feeding, then she's probably getting enough.
- Another way to tell if your baby is eating enough is the number of diapers that are soiled. By day 4 of life you should expect 5 to 6 wet diapers and 4 to 5 poopy ones a day.
- Once your milk is in, your baby's poops should be soft and yellowish and may appear to have seeds in it.
- If you are having difficulties with nursing, ask your pediatrician to refer you to a lactation consultant.
Sleeping Questions You May Have
- Can I put my baby on an adult bed or sofa to sleep?
- How can I prevent SIDS?
Sleep Safety Tips
- To reduce the risk of SIDS, always put your baby to sleep on her back.
- Put your baby in a safe crib, not on a bed, sofa, chair, waterbed, or cushion.
- Keep stuffed toys, pillows, and fluffy bedding out of the crib.
- You may swaddle, but do not place loose blankets in the crib with your baby.