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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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