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What to Expect at Baby’s First Pediatrician Visits

Your new baby is here--now what? We're sharing what to expect at your baby's first few pediatrician visits.

Published November 23, 2017

by Tessy Kadavil

Board-Certified Pediatrician
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I know the feeling when you first find out that you’re pregnant, and you feel like you have TONS of time to prepare. Even if you read every book known to man and feel like you could do this with your eyes closed, once that baby is born, you realize there is much more to a newborn than the books can prepare you for. Cue your pediatrician! Having your pediatrician guide you through your baby’s first year is what we are here for. I want to give you an overview of what you can expect at your baby’s first pediatrician visits.

What to Expect at Baby’s First Pediatrician Visits

3 – 5 Days Old

The initial visit is usually when the baby is between 3-5 days old. However, we see some babies right after hospital discharge if there are concerns with weight or jaundice. Most newborns can be seen a little later if everything is sailing smoothly after birth.

That first pediatrician visit is usually just a talking session where your doctor will go over feedings, the count of dirty diapers, and how much sleep is expected from the newborn. There are no shots or blood work usually done UNLESS there is a concern for jaundice, and then we will check blood work that day.

2 Weeks Old

If all is well, the next visit will be when the baby is 2 weeks old, and we are looking to see if they are showing good weight gain. Most babies at 2 weeks old would have regained or surpassed their birth weight. We also perform a state-mandated newborn screen to rule out treatable thyroid, blood, and metabolic disorders.

2 Months Old

If mom and baby seem to be progressing normally, we will check back in around 2 months for the well-check and first set of vaccines. Typically, at the 2-month pediatrician visit, your little one is due for 3 injections and one oral vaccine. Most offices use combined vaccines to minimize the number of injections, and most also only carry preservative-free vaccines.

4 – 12 Months Old

After the 2-month visit, the schedule is 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and then one year. Vaccines are given at every one of those pediatrician visits except for the 9-month visit, where we will check hemoglobin and, if necessary, lead (if there are risk factors).

We are focusing on how the baby is growing at each one of those well-checks: height, weight, and head size. We will also go over all the milestones they should be hitting, making sure their physical exam is benign and—of course—answering all the questions that come up between visits.

Most pediatricians recommend following the CDC schedule for vaccines, especially for the first year of life.1 There are so many exposures, and their little immune systems constantly encounter new bacteria and viruses.

These first several pediatrician visits will go by quickly, so enjoy those growing babies!

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Tessy is a board-certified pediatrician who has been working with Texas Children’s Pediatrics for over 5 years. Her background includes a residency from USF in Tampa in 2009 and working… Read more

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