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    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?

    Feeding Tips

    • 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.


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