During the first two years of your child’s life you have an average of 10+ doctors’ appointments. Some of those appointments are for the basic vaccinations and others are for when your baby gets sick. As hard as we try to prevent such occurrences it is bound to happen. I find it important that after my sons first shots to expose him to germs as to help build up his immune system.
Make important decisions beforehand
I also find it important that you do research and decide on what is the best choices for you and your family. Whether you decide to give your child vaccines or not. Whether you decide to give them all at once or spread them out over days to weeks. That is all up to you and I cannot and will not advise you to do so one way or the other. What works best for one family is not always the best for another.
When you go to the doctors it is always best to be prepared. I found it best to decide on important medical decisions such as vaccines, circumcision, etc. while I was pregnant so I already had a plan in place for once my son was born. Trying to make important decisions when you are hardly getting any sleep is not always the best thing to do so if possible make some of these decisions before your child is born.
7 ways to prepare for taking baby to the doctors
When going to the doctor try to do these things to make it go so much smoother.
Pack your diaper bag the night before and leave it by the front door
If you are getting vaccines
- Be sure to include the shot record in the diaper bag so you won’t forget it.
Before you head to the doctors have a list of questions that you want answered.
- If you wait until the appointment you are liable to forget some of the questions you may had. I write my questions down then stick it in the diaper bag so I won’t forget the questions or the list.
Feed your baby before you leave, if possible.
Be prepared to undress your little one
- They will ask you to so they can check their weight as well as to do a physical examination. I wouldn’t suggest dressing them in the most difficult outfit possible as it will just frustrate you trying to take off and then put back on.
Be sure to bring your babies health insurance card and any paperwork you may have received prior to the appointment.
- When we left with Rama from the hospital they gave us his test scores and blood work in a seal envelope to give to his pediatrician.
Bring the baby book if you have one.
- It will make it so much easier to keep track of everything and fill it in. Once you hear your baby’s height and weight you can enter it in their book instead of waiting till you get home. I tend to forget to fill out the baby book by the time I get home. Which is why it is still filled with blank spots.
Be prepared for less stress
Taking you baby to the doctor doesn’t have to be stressful if you are prepared. Going to the doctors unprepared and expecting it to go easily is not always the best way to go. Especially with a newborn something always seems to come up at the last minute such as spit up. What are some things you plan to do to have your baby’s appointment go smoothly?