The first few days after having a baby can be a whirlwind of emotions, learning new things, and visits from family and friends. There are so many things you can’t plan when a new baby arrives. From the random blow out diapers while at the grocery store to breast milk soaked shirts, organizing a well planned day is pretty much unheard of when you have a newborn. However, there is one event you will need to prepare for in those first few days after delivery and that is baby’s first trip to the pediatrician. Below are some helpful tips to help you make sure you are ready for the big day.
Pick a doctor before you deliver
While many hospitals will help you choose a pediatrician after delivery, most moms find it easier to choose one before you have the baby. You have enough to deal with after the baby is born, so researching pediatrician options ahead of time is one task you can check off the never ending list of things to do.
Diapers, people! You really can’t pack enough. Remember those blow outs mentioned above? Those will happen when you least expect it. Plus, they will check your baby’s weight and that has to be done while the baby is naked. You’ll want an extra diaper to change into after. Don’t forget the wipes either! A blanket is another good thing to pack as doctors’ offices can be very chilly. You can also never have enough hand sanitizer.
Download a helpful app on your phone to help you keep track of feedings, diaper changes, and baby’s sleeping schedule. The Lansinoh Baby App is a must have on your iPhone or Android device. Your doctor will ask how many wet and dirty diapers your little one is having to ensure baby is getting enough to eat. The Lansinoh Baby App is easy to use and you can even print off all of the stats you input to bring to the doctor. Another bonus is that it’s free!
Don’t forget to schedule your next visit with your pediatrician upon leaving. Shots are normally right around the corner at two months. Ask for an appointment card or a phone call reminder so you don’t forget.
Consult with the doctor
Most importantly, ask questions and be honest! It is okay to have what seems like a million questions about your new baby. Writing them down beforehand too can help you from not having to remember them all at once. There is so much to learn with a new baby and don’t ever think your question is too dumb or silly to ask. Don’t know how to bath your baby or when you should change a diaper? Ask! The nurses and doctor are there to tell you and show you how to care for your baby. Plus, chances are they have already been asked the question before.