Baby’s first doctor’s appointment: Everything you need to know

Let's talk about something exciting—baby's first doctor's appointment! The first visit to the doctor is a significant milestone for your newborn, but it can be overwhelming for new moms. This visit usually takes place around day 4 after birth when moms are still recovering from childbirth and facing challenges like engorgement, breastfeeding problems, and general chaos. During this time, moms are super overwhelmed and need lots of support. It's important to keep in mind that the focus of the baby's first visit is feeding and weight loss. Today, we'll simplify the information to provide you with a guide specifically tailored for this initial appointment.


How will the doctor examine my baby?

During the appointment, a nurse will weigh your baby to monitor their weight loss or gain since birth. It's common for babies to lose a little weight initially, so there's no need to worry. The nurse or doctor will then conduct a thorough examination of your baby's genital area, eyes, skin, and head to check for any potential issues. They may also ask about your baby's sleeping and feeding habits to ensure their well-being.

Why is this appointment so important?

The baby's first doctor visit is crucial for identifying any health concerns early on. It allows the doctors to address any potential issues before they escalate. Additionally, this appointment presents an excellent opportunity for doctors to offer guidance on healthy practices for you and your baby. They may provide tips to help boost your baby's weight and ensure they are on a healthy growth track.

How to prepare for the appointment:


To make the most of the appointment and avoid last-minute stress, here are a few tips to help you prepare:

  1. Know your medical history: Familiarize yourself with your own medical history and your spouse's, as the doctor may ask related questions.

  2. Jot down your concerns: Take some time to write down any questions or concerns you have. Having them written down ensures you won't forget to address them during the visit.

  3. Arrive early: Plan to arrive at the doctor's office a little early. This will give you time to complete any necessary paperwork and avoid rushing.

  4. Pack a baby bag: Don't forget to pack a baby bag with essentials such as diapers, a change of clothes, and milk bottles. These items will help keep your baby comfortable during the visit.

Will the doctor provide parenting tips?

Absolutely! Your doctor is a valuable resource when it comes to taking care of your baby. They will offer essential tips, debunk common myths, and address any questions you may have. Here are some topics you can expect to discuss:

  1. Feeding guidance: Your doctor will provide advice on monitoring your baby's feeding schedule. Typically, newborns feed around 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period.

  2. Bathing and sleeping tips: Your doctor may advise against giving your baby regular baths and share insights on safe sleep practices, including co-sleeping at night.

When to schedule the next appointment:

After the first visit, you'll want to schedule appointments for the following months: 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. These regular check-ins are crucial for ensuring your baby grows up healthy and happy.

In a nutshell:

To summarize, your baby's first doctor visit is a comprehensive checkup that addresses feeding, weight loss, and potential health concerns. The doctor will provide essential information, and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions related to your baby's well-being. Remember, during this time, new moms are recovering from birth and facing various challenges, so it's important to offer them ample support. You've got this!


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