Story by: Norton Children’s Reviewed by Tara R. Chernecke, APRN pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Group, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine on December 26, 2023
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Congratulations on your baby’s first pediatrician appointment! This milestone marks the beginning of your baby’s health care journey. To ensure a smooth and productive pediatrician visit, it’s important to come prepared with the right items. Pack your diaper bag and be prepared for a successful visit with your pediatrician at Norton Children’s Medical Group.Here is a checklist of things to bring and important considerations for your baby’s first visit with a pediatrician:Documents, paperwork, health care information
Having these documents ready will streamline the check-in and insurance process. Additionally, providing your health insurance information is crucial for accurate billing and record-keeping. Many pediatrician offices will have new patient forms that you’ll need to fill out. Contact the clinic ahead of time to find out if there are any specific forms to complete before your visit.
Your baby would have received immunizations in the hospital. It’s a good idea to bring immunization records, if available, to any new pediatrician visit.
Bringing a list of questions or concerns will help you make the most of your time with the pediatrician and ensure all your worries are addressed. The pediatrician also can offer parenting advice, tips and best practices.
Having a well-stocked diaper bag is essential, including items for changing, feeding and soothing your baby. It ensures you’re prepared for diaper changes and other unexpected situations. Accidents can happen, and having a change of clothes can save you from any unexpected messes. If your baby is formula-fed or you’re using a breast pump, bring the necessary supplies. This is especially important if the appointment falls around feeding times.
Note: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies not use a pacifier until they are 1 month old, after breastfeeding is well established.
Even though your baby is a newborn, a familiar item like a blanket can help comfort them in an unfamiliar environment.
It’s important for the pediatrician to know about any medications your baby is taking to ensure accurate medical recommendations.
Remember, your baby’s first pediatrician appointment is an exciting step in their development. By coming prepared with the items on this checklist and being proactive with your questions and concerns, you’ll set the stage for a positive and informative experience that benefits both you and your little one.