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What to Expect at Your Baby’s First Pediatrician Visit

Nervous about your baby's first pediatrician visit? Here's what to expect, from paperwork to meeting the doctor, plus tips for making the visit easier for you and your baby.

Your baby should have their first well-baby visit at the pediatrician's office three to five days after birth, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). After that, you'll be going in for checkups every few months over the course of the first year.

Since your baby's first pediatrician visit might be the first time your newborn leaves home, it's natural to feel some trepidation. But remember that this visit is often empowering and informative for new parents. Read on to learn what to expect during your baby's first pediatrician visit, from exams to vaccinations, as well as tips for timing and preparation.

There Will Be Paperwork

Be prepared to fill out paperwork when you arrive. Remember to pack the following:

  • Your ID and health insurance card
  • Information about your newborn's discharge weight
  • Any complications during pregnancy or birth
  • Your family's medical history

Knowing that your older child has asthma or your parents have diabetes, for example, focuses your pediatrician's attention on likely problems, says Christopher Pohlod, DO , assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Nurse Will Do Some Exams

A nurse will probably handle the first part of your baby's exam. They'll do the following:

  • Weigh your naked baby on a scale
  • Extend their limbs to measure height and width
  • Use a tape measure to determine the head circumference

According to the AAP, it's normal for babies to lose weight after birth (up to 10% of their body weight). But they'll generally gain it back within a couple of weeks.

You'll Get to Know the Doctor

The pediatrician will examine your baby, educate you about their health, and answer any questions. One of the biggest components of the first pediatrician visit is developing a relationship with your child's new doctor. They will be a source of information, support, and troubleshooting in the many years to come.

They'll Check Your Baby's Neck and Collarbone

At your baby's first pediatrician visit, a health care provider will feel along your baby's neckline to check for a broken collarbone during the physical exam. That's because some babies fracture their clavicle while squeezing through the birth canal.

If your pediatrician finds a small bump, that could mean a break is starting to heal. It will mend on its own in a few weeks. In the meantime, they may suggest pinning the baby's sleeve across their chest to stabilize the arm so the collarbone doesn't hurt.

They'll Check Your Baby's Head

A pediatrician will also palm your baby's head to check for a still-soft fontanel. They will do this at every well visit for the first one to two years.

Your baby's head should grow about 4 inches in the first year, and the two soft spots on their skull are designed to accommodate that rapid growth. But if the soft spots close up too quickly, it can lead to a condition called craniosynostosis, which is when the tight quarters can curb brain development, and your child may need surgery to fix it.

They'll Check Your Baby's Hips

The doctor will roll your baby's hips to check for signs of developmental hip dysplasia, a congenital malformation of the hip joint that affects 1 in every 1,000 babies. You can expect this exam starting at your baby's first pediatrician visit and every visit until your baby can walk.

"The exam looks completely barbaric," says Vinita Seru, MD , a pediatrician in Seattle. "I tell families what I'm doing so they don't think I'm trying to hurt the baby."

If your pediatrician feels a telltale click from the hips, they'll order an ultrasound. Luckily, when dysplasia is found early, treatment is simple: The baby wears a pelvic harness for a few months.

They'll Check Your Baby's Reflexes

To check for a Moro reflex, a health care provider startles your baby. For the first 3 or 4 months, whenever something startles your infant, they'll fling their arms out as if they're falling. It's an involuntary response that shows your baby is developing normally.

This exam starts at the first pediatrician visit and continues through the first four well-child visits. A health care provider might also check whether your little one grasps a finger or fans their toes after you touch their foot.

They'll Check Your Baby's Pulse

By pressing the skin along the side of the baby's groin, a health care provider checks for your baby's pulse in the femoral artery, which runs up from your baby's thigh. Your pediatrician wants to see if the pulse is weak or hard to detect on one or both sides as that may suggest a heart condition.

You can expect this exam at the first pediatrician visit and all baby well visits. Around 1 in 125 babies are diagnosed with a heart defect every year in the US. This check is a simple way to screen for problems, says Dr. Seru: "When a heart condition is caught early, it can increase the likelihood of a good recovery."

They'll Check Your Baby's Genitalia

Starting at the first pediatrician visit and every well-baby visit after that, a health care provider will check your baby's genitals to ensure everything looks normal.

In about 1 to 3% of babies with testicles, the testicles don't descend into the scrotum before birth. While the problem usually corrects itself by 3 to 4 months of age, your doctor will keep an eye on things to see if your baby needs surgical assistance in the future. They will also check for signs of infection if your baby has been circumcised .

In babies with vulvas, it's not uncommon to find labial adhesions. Although the labia should open up over time, adhesions can shrink the vaginal opening and make your baby more prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs) . "If we know that they're there when your baby has a high fever, we look for a UTI first," says Melissa Kendall, MD , a pediatrician in Orem, Utah.

They'll Ask About Your Baby’s Feeding Patterns

The doctor will want information about your baby's feeding patterns. You don't need to keep super-detailed records, but you should have a general idea of the following:

  • How often your baby is eating
  • How long they feed (if nursing)
  • How much they consume (if bottle-feeding)

This is an excellent time to raise concerns or questions about latching, formula brands, and other feeding issues.

They'll Check Your Baby’s Digestive System

You should have a general idea of how often you change your baby's diapers each day. If your doctor knows the consistency, frequency, and color of your baby's poop , they can better assess their digestive system and nutrient absorption.

They'll Ask About Your Baby's Sleeping Patterns

A health care provider will also probably inquire about sleeping patterns at your first pediatrician visit. They'll also make sure you're following safe sleep practices to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

They'll Review the Childhood Vaccination Schedule

Hospitals usually give babies their first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine shortly after birth, but if your baby was born at home or at a birth center, they might receive it at their first pediatrician visit.

Most vaccinations start when your baby is 2 months old, and a health care provider might review the vaccine schedule with you so you're prepared for the many vaccines your baby will receive in the months ahead.

There Will Be Time for Questions

You will cover a lot of ground during your baby's first pediatrician visit. Ask the doctor to slow down, repeat, or clarify information if needed. It's also wise to come prepared with any questions you have.

Here are some examples:

  • Is this behavior normal?
  • Is my baby eating enough?
  • Should their stool look like that?
  • When should I schedule the next appointment?
  • What should I expect in the next few days and weeks?

When you have a written list of talking points, you won't worry about your mind going blank if your baby starts to fuss, says Dr. Pohlod.

You'll Schedule Your Next Appointment

The lineup of well-baby checkups during the first year includes at least a half dozen more pediatrician visits.

Recommended Baby Checkup Schedule

Here is a quick-glance list of what ages the AAP recommends that your child be seen for well-child pediatrician visits through their second year:

  • 3 to 5 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old

At first glance, the recommended number of checkups may seem like a lot. But trust the process: This schedule was designed to closely monitor your baby's growth and development to ensure their health and well-being.

The checkups, depending on the age of your baby, will include measurements, sensory screening, and developmental health, which include social, behavioral, and mental health. It will also include vaccinations, oral health, and advice for parents and caregivers.

Frequent appointments with your baby's health care provider are also the best way to get personalized expert answers to your questions about your baby. Ultimately, it's important to be comfortable with your doctor, and seeing them frequently in the first year helps you develop a relationship you may have for years to come.

When you schedule your next appointment, ask about the office's hours of operation, billing policies, and how after-hours communication works. Keep the doctor's phone number handy, and be informed of what to do and who to contact in an emergency or when you have a question.

Tips for Your Baby's First Pediatrician Visit

Leaving the house with a newborn isn't easy, and it can be especially stressful when you're on a timetable (like when you're trying to make it to a scheduled appointment). But your baby's first pediatrician visit doesn't have to be super stressful. Here are some tips for smooth sailing:

  • Plan your time. Ask for an appointment during the least busy part of the day. You can also see if a health care provider has specific time slots dedicated to seeing newborns. Expect the visit to take about 25 minutes, but plan for waiting and setbacks as well.
  • Bring a support person. Consider bringing your partner or another caregiver to your baby's first doctor appointment. Two people can more effectively care for the baby, remember the doctor's advice, and recall questions you plan to ask.
  • Dress your baby with the exam in mind. Since the doctor will examine your baby's entire body, dress them in easy-on, easy-off clothing or even just a diaper and comfortable blanket if weather permits.
  • Be prepared, but pack light. Definitely bring a change of clothes, extra diapers, wipes, pacifiers, feeding supplies, and other necessities, but try not to overpack. Ultimately, "warmth, cuddling, loving, and reassuring voices are more helpful than a stuffed animal" at a newborn exam, says Brian MacGillivray, MD, a family medicine specialist in San Antonio.
  • Wait in the car, if you can. If you attend the appointment with another person, send them inside to fill out paperwork while you wait in the car with the baby. This limits your newborn's exposure to germs. Some offices even have systems in place that allow you to fill out the paperwork online, wait in your car, and receive a call or text when it's time to go in.
  • Keep your distance from others. If you must sit in the waiting room, have your baby face the corner. According to  Mary Ellen Renna, MD , a pediatrician from Jericho, New York, the chances of catching sickness are lower if you maintain a 3-foot radius from others.

AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits . American Academy of Pediatrics . 2023.

Weight Loss . The American Academy of Pediatrics . 2020.

Clavicular Fractures in Newborns: What Happens to One of the Commonly Injured Bones at Birth? . Cureus . 2021.

Facts About Craniosynostosis . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . 2023.

Developmental Dislocation (Dysplasia) Of the Hip (DDH) . American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons . 2022.

Moro Reflex . StatPearls . 2023.

A five (5) chamber heart (Cor Triatriatum) in Infancy: A rare congenital heart defect .  Niger Med J . 2013.

Undescended Testicles: What Parents Need To Know . American Academy of Pediatrics . 2022.

Periodicity Schedule . American Academy of Pediatrics . 2023.

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Baby's doctor visits: The 1-month checkup

At the 1-month checkup, the doctor will weigh and measure your newborn, do a complete physical, address any concerns you have, and ask questions about their eating and sleeping (among other things). Your baby may also get a shot.

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Do babies get shots at 1 month?

What the doctor will do at the 1-month checkup.

To prepare for your baby's 1-month checkup, learn what will happen at the visit. You may also want to consider the questions the doctor is likely to ask and jot down answers beforehand.

Your baby may get a hepatitis B shot . Most babies receive their first hep B shot at birth, the second at their 1 or 2 month checkup, and their third sometime between 6 and 18 months.

A nurse or medical assistant may administer the vaccine. This is usually done at the end of the appointment in case your baby gets upset (which could make the exam part of the visit difficult), and so you can have some privacy to comfort them.

Find out how to make shots less painful for your baby and more about the immunizations your baby needs .

Weigh and measure your baby

You'll need to undress your baby completely for weighing. The doctor weighs your baby, measures length and head circumference, and plots the numbers on a growth chart .

The chart enables you to see how your baby compares with other children the same age. But it doesn't matter whether they're in the 5th or the 95th percentile, as long as their rate of growth is steady from one visit to the next.

Do a complete physical

  • Heart and lungs: Uses a stethoscope to listen for a heart murmur or breathing problems.
  • Eyes : Checks for signs of congenital eye conditions and other problems. May also check for blocked tear ducts and discharge.
  • Ears: Looks for signs of infection and observes how your baby responds to sound .
  • Mouth: Looks for signs of thrush (an oral yeast infection) among other things.
  • Head: Checks the soft spots (fontanels) and the shape of your baby's head.
  • Body: Checks your baby's reflexes and muscle tone, and examines their skin for jaundice , rashes, and birthmarks .
  • Belly: Makes sure the umbilical cord stump has fallen off and the belly button is healing well. Presses gently on the abdomen to check for a hernia or any enlarged organs.
  • Genitals: Opens your baby's diaper and checks for signs of infection. If your baby is a boy, the doctor looks to see if his testes have descended into the scrotum. If your son was circumcised, the doctor examines his penis to make sure it's healing well.
  • Hips and legs: Moves your baby's legs around to look for problems in the hip joints.

Address any other concerns

At the 1-month check, your doctor will make sure that the results of your baby's newborn screening tests have been returned and are normal.

Your doctor may recommend giving your baby a vitamin D supplement of 400 IU daily.

They'll also address any noticeable health concerns ( diaper rash and cradle cap are common at this stage), ask you some questions (see below), and help you understand what's normal at this age.

Ask questions

  • How is your baby sleeping? Normal newborn sleep is still erratic this month, but most babies will sleep in two- to three-hour chunks during the day and night for a total of about 15 hours. By now one period of sleep may be a little longer than the others.
  • What position does your baby sleep in? To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) , put your baby to sleep on their back.
  • When, how, and how often is your baby eating? Most 1-month-olds eat every two to three hours. The doctor asks these questions to determine whether your baby is getting enough breast milk or formula to thrive, and to see if you have any concerns about feeding.
  • What are your baby's bowel movements like? Soft poops are best, but color can vary. Dry or pellet-like stools are a sign of dehydration or constipation , so tell your doctor if you notice this.
  • Does your baby quiet down, at least briefly, at the sound of your voice? This behavior tells you and the doctor two things: Your baby is beginning to recognize you, and they see you as a source of comfort and nurturing.
  • Is your baby awake for longer periods of time? There's no right amount of alert time, but a general trend toward longer periods of alertness is a sign that your baby's developing normally.
  • Do they make soft cooing noises when they're content and alert? It's still several months before they'll utter their first real words , but these happy baby sounds are the first step.
  • Have you noticed anything unusual about your baby's eyes or the way they look at things? At every well-baby visit, the doctor should check the structure and alignment of the eyes and your baby's ability to move them correctly.
  • Are they a little fussier at the end of the day? It's normal for 1-month-olds to fuss in the evening, especially between 6 p.m. and midnight. (This is often called " baby witching hour .") As your baby starts staying awake for longer periods during the day, they'll begin feeling more tired and irritable at night.
  • Are you giving your baby tummy time when they're awake? Start tummy time from day one – when your baby is awake and you're watching them, of course. Time on their tummy helps babies learn to push up, roll over , and eventually crawl . It also helps them avoid getting a flat spot on the back of their head. If you start it right away, your baby is less likely to resist it.
  • Does your baby hold their head up when placed on their tummy? Head control is an important developmental milestone. If your baby can't hold their head up at least briefly by now, tell the doctor.
  • How are you doing? Your baby's doctor will screen you for signs of postpartum depression and ask questions about sources of stress and whether you're getting support.

Learn more:

  • Your 1-month-old baby's development
  • What's in store at the 2-month doctor visit

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1 month old baby doctor visit

If you've never been a parent before, it's typical to feel clueless when you're face-to-face with your baby's pediatrician. And thanks to sleep deprivation, a steep learning curve, and the normal overwhelm that accompanies the newborn stage, trying to figure out what questions to ask a pediatrician at the one month visit is a substantial ask. I mean, weren't you just asking your OB-GYN and/or midwife about pregnancy?! How did this happen?!

I can tell you that, as a new mom, I felt embarrassed asking someone with a medical degree what I considered to be "stupid questions," like how to help my baby sleep through the night or if my baby's diaper rash was something more serious. I didn't want a physician judging my parenting choices, or thinking I was a dumb-dumb for not knowing the answers to what I thought were basic questions. Thankfully, the exact opposite turned out to be the case: my child's pediatrician was understanding , and provided me with a breadth of knowledge that helped me feel more confident when caring for my baby.

Romper spoke with Dr. Jessica Madden, MD, a pediatrician and neonatologist at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and founder of Primrose Newborn Care — a newborn home visiting service — via email. Madden confirmed that when it comes to your newborn, there's absolutely no such thing as a stupid question, and advised new parents to to ask their baby's doctors

"Is My Baby Gaining Enough Weight?"

1 month old baby doctor visit

One of the most important purposes of well-baby visits, according to Madden, is to determine if your baby's growth is on track. "If a baby is falling off of their growth chart at the one-month visit, they need to be evaluated," she says. "We need to find out if the problem is with caloric intake — low breast milk supply , or utilization of too many calories — undiagnosed congenital heart disease, or a problem with metabolism."

Madden says that if you have concerns about breastfeeding, you should absolutely ask your pediatrician about your baby's weight. "If there are any concerns from either parents or pediatrician that baby is not eating enough or there are breastfeeding issues, these need to be addressed ASAP and appropriate plan put in place," she tells Romper. "This might include having a lactation consultant to come to the home, frequent weight checks, or a supplementing plan."

"How Much Should My Baby Be Sleeping At Night?"

Most new parents have questions about what's normal for baby sleep , says Madden. "Parents often have questions about when their babies will sleep through the night, how much sleep they need, where they should sleep, and when they should consider sleep training."

Unfortunately, per Madden, if your baby is 1 month old, sleeping through the night probably won't happen any time soon. "Most babies do not sleep through the night until they are older than 6 months of age," she says. "Pediatricians define 'sleeping through the night' as any stretch of at least six hours. So if a baby goes to bed at 10 p.m. and wakes for a 4 a.m. feed, they are sleeping through the night."

"How Often Should My Baby Eat?"

1 month old baby doctor visit

Madden says she often learns that babies are not getting enough to eat after they have a related health problem. She wishes new parents would ask her how often their baby should be eating, especially if they were born early. "Any baby who is premature (less than 37 weeks gestation) will need to eat more frequently than a full-term baby," she says. "Many of the babies we have to re-admit to the hospital for jaundice and dehydration are late preterm infants."

"When Should My Baby Be Seen For A Fever?"

Another question that frequently comes up, says Madden, is when you should call a doctor if your baby has a fever . Her advice for new parents is to call if you are in doubt, adding, "Any fever greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in a 1-month-old baby is an emergency. A febrile newborn needs to be seen by a doctor no matter the time of day or night."

"Do I Have Postpartum Depression?"

1 month old baby doctor visit

While you may be focused on your baby during their doctor's visit, Madden notes that your baby's pediatrician can play an important role in helping you with any postpartum mental health concerns you might have. "You should share if you are worried about postpartum depression, as pediatricians can help you to get evaluated and treated."

Pretty Much Anything Else

When in doubt, parents should never hesitate to ask their baby's pediatrician about anything they have on their mind. 'You should ask any and all questions you have had and what you've been worried about, even if they seem silly or minor. Their job is to answer your questions and support you," Madden tells Romper. "Follow your intuition — if you are worried about your baby or notice a change in their behavior, speak up, ask and get help."

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety during pregnancy, or in the postpartum period, contact the Postpartum Health Alliance warmline at (888) 724-7240, or Postpartum Support International at (800) 944-4773. If you are thinking of harming yourself or your baby, get help right away by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or dialing 911. For more resources, you can visit Postpartum Support International .

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AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits

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Parents know who they should go to when their child is sick. But pediatrician visits are just as important for healthy children.

The Bright Futures /American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed a set of comprehensive health guidelines for well-child care, known as the " periodicity schedule ." It is a schedule of screenings and assessments recommended at each well-child visit from infancy through adolescence.

Schedule of well-child visits

  • The first week visit (3 to 5 days old)
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 2 years old (24 months)
  • 2 ½ years old (30 months)
  • 3 years old
  • 4 years old
  • 5 years old
  • 6 years old
  • 7 years old
  • 8 years old
  • 9 years old
  • 10 years old
  • 11 years old
  • 12 years old
  • 13 years old
  • 14 years old
  • 15 years old
  • 16 years old
  • 17 years old
  • 18 years old
  • 19 years old
  • 20 years old
  • 21 years old

The benefits of well-child visits

Prevention . Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.

Tracking growth & development . See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit, and talk with your doctor about your child's development. You can discuss your child's milestones, social behaviors and learning.

Raising any concerns . Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's pediatrician such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to talk with your pediatrician at the start of the visit.

Team approach . Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.

More information

Back to School, Back to Doctor

Recommended Immunization Schedules

Milestones Matter: 10 to Watch for by Age 5

Your Child's Checkups

  • Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (periodicity schedule)

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What to Expect at Baby’s One Month Checkup

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This past month with baby has probably been joyful, exhausting, confusing and completely surreal. And this is why your pediatrician will want you and your little one to come in for a one-month checkup—to ensure everything is on track with their development so far. Baby’s one-month checkup is an opportunity for your pediatrician to assess how your newborn is adjusting to life outside of the womb—as well as how you and the entire family is adjusting to its newest member. But what specifically should you expect from baby’s one month checkup? Here’s what to know and how to best prepare.

What Happens at the One-Month Checkup?

“The one-month visit has a strong focus on how baby is growing and developing since coming home from the delivery hospitalization, and how the parents and family are adjusting to their new little one,” explains Elizabeth Cilenti , MD, MPH, a pediatrician with Northern Virginia Family Practice. To ensure baby’s growth is on track, your pediatrician will do a thorough physical assessment of baby, as well as ask you several questions about their behavior, sleeping habits, feeding habits and overall development. Here’s what you can expect:

Physical screenings at the one-month checkup

During each of baby’s checkups, your pediatrician will measure baby’s height, weight and head circumference. All three of these measurements factor into baby’s percentile chart . This chart indicates the average height and weight for boys and girls, and is a tool used by pediatricians to ensure baby’s growth and development are healthy and on track, says Preeti Parikh , MD, a pediatrician in New York City. “Don’t worry too much about the numbers,” she says. “What really matters isn’t baby’s percentile—it’s that baby stays within the same percentile range from checkup to checkup.”

Along with checking baby’s growth, Parikh and Cilenti note the pediatrician will also listen to baby’s heart and lungs and palpate the abdomen. They’ll also check baby’s genitals, eyes, ears, mouth, the shape of baby’s head and fontanelles (the soft spots on baby’s head) to ensure they’re developing properly. Your doctor will also check to see whether baby’s umbilical cord stump has fallen off and how its healing. “During an exam, I’m also assessing baby’s muscle tone, movements, developing head control, eye contact and reflexes like grasping and startling,” Cilenti adds. “ I’ll also put baby on their belly to see if they’re lifting their head. All of this looks like I’m ‘playing’ with the baby, but it gives me a lot of information.”

As for any screenings to expect, “By the one-month visit, your doctor should’ve received the results of your newborn blood-spot screen done at the hospital,” Cilenti says. “This visit is a great time to confirm they’ve received the results and that they’re all normal.”

Developmental assessment at one month

At one month old , baby’s senses, including smell and vision , are still developing. While there may not be too many milestones to look for yet, your pediatrician may walk you through what to expect in the coming months. They’ll also ask some questions about how everyone’s adjusting to their new norms, notes the American Academy of Pediatrics . Some topics that may come up:

  • How you’re adjusting to baby’s arrival and needs
  • If you’re starting to get used to baby’s cries and able to decipher when and why they happen
  • How the entire family is doing and feeling overall with the new baby
  • If you feel safe and comfortable
  • How your postpartum recovery is going, physically and mentally
  • Whether baby has tummy time to counteract flat head syndrome
  • How often you have skin-to-skin contact with baby
  • How well you’re bonding with baby

Cilenti notes your pediatrician may also ask about your mental health and overall well-being as a new parent, as well as screen you for postpartum mood disorders .

Nutrition check-in at the one-month checkup

During baby’s first month, most of your time is probably spent ensuring baby has enough breast milk or formula to eat. You may also have lots of questions about whether baby’s eating enough, often enough and whether they’re gaining enough weight. “I often find that parents ask a lot of questions about nutrition and feeding at this visit and usually give me most of the information I need in that format,” Cilenti says. But, while your pediatrician will likely learn a lot from your questions, they may have a few of their own. Below, some things your pediatrician may ask:

  • Does baby eat breast milk or formula?
  • How often does baby feed? How many times in a 24-hour period?
  • How much does baby eat at each feeding (if measurable)?
  • Does baby drink from a bottle ? How’s it going?
  • What’s baby’s overall daily feeding routine like?
  • Have you been able to spot some of baby’s feeding cues and get acquainted with their eating patterns?
  • Are there any issues with feeding at the breast or the bottle?
  • How many dirty diapers does baby have per day due to stool and/or urine?

Another aspect of baby’s diet your pediatrician will want to ask about is their vitamin D intake. According to the AAP , vitamin D is an important part of building bone and overall health during the first few years of life. The org notes that infants need vitamin D shortly after birth—and approximately 400 international units daily. At the checkup, your pediatrician may recommend a vitamin D supplement or drops to add to baby’s diet, Parikh says.

Sleep check-in at the one-month checkup

Your one-month-old is probably spending most of their time sleeping, and one of the most important aspects of sleep during baby’s first year of life is safety to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). According to the AAP, the safest way for baby to sleep is flat on their back with nothing in the crib except a fitted sheet (so no bumpers , toys or blankets). Some questions your pediatrician may ask about baby’s sleep, according to Parikh and the AAP include:

  • What position does baby sleep in, and where do naps and nightly sleep happen?
  • How often does baby sleep, and for how long?
  • Have you been able to spot baby’s sleepy cues?
  • Do you have any questions about swaddling and what baby should wear to bed/
  • Do you have questions about safe sleep practices?

Child safety check-in at the one-month checkup

Considering how important babyproofing and overall safety is when bringing home baby, it’s likely your pediatrician will ask you some questions on the subject, Clienti says. Along with safe sleep, she notes that your pediatrician may also ask about:

  • Car seat safety
  • Avoiding falls and burns around baby and with baby in your arms
  • Seasonal safety issues (such as water and sun safety during the summer)
  • Your return-to-work plan, if applicable, and options for childcare

Do Babies Get Shots at the One-Month Checkup?

According to Cilenti and the AAP, baby will get their second dose of the hepatitis B vaccine at either their one- or two-month checkup . “Some practices give it separately at the one-month checkup, others combine it with other vaccines at two months,” Cilenti says.

Wondering what to expect once baby receives the vaccine? Cilenti says the hepatitis B vaccine can cause some soreness at the injection site and potentially a fever . However, if it happens, it’ll usually stay under 101 degrees Fahrenheit. “If a baby under 2 months old has any fever over 100.4 at any time, you should call your pediatrician’s office,” she adds.

Questions to Ask at the One-Month Checkup

It’s likely you have many questions for your pediatrician as you learn the ropes of life with baby. According to Parikh, one of the best ways to prepare for baby’s one-month checkup is to write down any and all questions as they come to you. This way, you’ll remember to ask all of them. Below, experts share some questions that may be helpful to ask:

  • Are my baby’s growth and weight gain on track?
  • How can I tell if baby is developing normally?
  • What are some developmental milestones I should be looking out for?
  • What are some signs my one-month-old baby is having trouble feeding? Sleeping?
  • How regularly should baby be pooping and peeing?
  • What should I do if baby gets constipated or gassy ?
  • Is it safe to give baby gripe water or gas drops ?
  • What should I do if baby’s cries become too much for me to handle?
  • How do I handle colic ?
  • How can I make sure baby’s crib and sleep environment is safe?
  • Where can I learn infant CPR ?
  • How can I treat baby’s cradle cap ?
  • What do I do if baby spits up ?
  • Why does baby have acne , and how can I take care of their skin?
  • When is it safe to take baby outside ?
  • What are your recommendations for finding a support system for new parents?
  • Is there anything else I should know or be doing?
  • If my baby feels warm, what’s the best way to take their temperature, what is considered a fever and what should I do if my baby has a fever?

How to Prepare for the One-Month Checkup

Cilenti says parents should bring an extra change of clothes and diapers and wipes just in case there’s a long wait at the doctor’s office and baby has a blowout.

Caring for a newborn can be overwhelming. Remember that even after baby’s one-month checkup, your pediatrician is there to help. Don’t hesitate to flag any questions or concerns that come up before baby’s next wellness visit, which will be at 2 months old .

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

Elizabeth Cilenti , MD, MPH, is a pediatrician with Northern Virginia Family Practice. She completed her medical degree and residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and her master’s degree in public health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Preeti Parikh , MD, is a pediatrician with Westside Pediatrics, located in New York City, as well as a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree from Rutgers University and completed her pediatric residency at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Your New Baby's Well-Child Check-Up Schedule (and What to Expect)

Danis Copenhaver, MD


Well-baby visits are a staple of every new parent’s life. From the day they are born throughout their first year, your baby will have several wellness visits to ensure that they are healthy, happy, and reaching developmental milestones. 

Well-baby visits are vital for immunizations, healthcare, and support from your pediatrician. At Juno Pediatrics, we love establishing relationships with parents that last throughout their baby’s childhood. From newborn through adulthood, Juno is there for every step along the way. 

In this guide, we will explore new-baby visits in-depth, including what to expect, when to schedule them, and how to give your little one the best care possible.

What Are Well-Baby Visits? 

Also known as well-child check-ups, these appointments are pivotal points in their development and healthcare. From the day your baby is born, doctor’s visits will become a regular part of your life. A baby’s first year is filled with trips to the pediatrician where parents can ask questions, get advice and address any concerns they may have. 

In addition to spotting any issues or developmental warning signs, parents can seek out advice on common concerns, such as how to soothe teething, when to expect their baby to start walking, weaning, and breastfeeding. 

Bear in mind that well-child visits are different from additional doctor’s appointments you may need. For example, if your baby falls ill, is injured or you are concerned about something, you can schedule additional evaluations outside of their well-visit schedule. 

Well-Baby Visit Schedule 

Each baby receives a well-baby check-up at 2-5 days,1 month, 2 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months from their birth date. You can, of course, also schedule additional appointments to address any concerns with your pediatrician. 

Remember that well-visits aren’t just for your baby — they are meant to help you, too! There are many parenting milestones you will reach your baby’s first year. From feeding to sleeping, walking to teething, the team at Juno Pediatrics is here to help you nurture your little one every step of the way. 

The First Check-Up: 2-5 Days

The first visit is also important to establish a baby’s feeding habits. All babies lose weight after birth, and it is critical to make sure that the baby is within a healthy range of weight loss and maintains adequate hydration while they learn to eat. Sometimes, a newborn needs assistance with latching onto the breast or learning to take a bottle, which the doctor can address and assist with.

Some babies become jaundiced , a condition caused by too much bilirubin in the bloodstream. This is a yellow substance produced by red blood cells as they break down and accumulate in the baby’s skin.  This will be closely monitored with physical exams and bloodwork if necessary. If your baby had feeding issues or jaundice at birth, you may have daily visits from birth until their condition improves.

If you have a home birth, then your baby should visit the doctor one to two days after entering the world.  This is important because an infant needs vital exams within the first 48 hours of life. Certain tests that were not done at your home birth will be done at this visit, including taking a sample of the baby’s blood for a Newborn Screen. This metabolic screening during this early check-up ensures that your newborn’s body systems are all functioning as they should.

Depending on how your baby is growing and feeding, you will have a weight check between your first and second well-child visits. At this exam, your pediatrician will take your baby’s measurements and start to build their health record. They will address subjects like regular feedings, sleep schedules, and skills like diaper changing and swaddling. 

This visit is the perfect time to establish a connection with your baby’s doctor. They are here for you, so don’t hesitate to ask all your questions, share any concerns and be honest about how you’re feeling. 

Many new parents struggle in the early days, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, your pediatrician can help. 

The Second Visit: 1 Month

Your baby will grow rapidly throughout its first four weeks of life. You don’t have to schedule this well-visit on the exact 1-month date but aim to make it during the milestone week. 

From birth, babies will typically gain 1 ounce every day for the first 30 days. By the time they reach 1-month old , most will have gone through two small but rapid growth periods and gained at least 2 additional pounds. 

During their 1-month well-visit, the doctor will begin by checking your baby’s vital signs and taking their measurements. Then, the doctor will check in with you and how you’re feeling. They can offer tips and suggestions on how to nurture your baby’s development through play, tummy time and reading. 

Through feeding, playing, cuddling, and rest, your baby will develop according to their own body. If they have a condition that will affect their health and development, the pediatrician will discuss this in detail and give you advice on what to look for. 

The Third Check-Up: 2 Months

At the 8-week mark, your baby will be far more alert than when they were born. The average 2-month old is more visually engaged and able to look at an object for several seconds as well as watch you when you move. 

At the beginning of this and every visit, your baby’s vital signs measurements will be taken and documented. Your pediatrician will review how they are eating, voiding, stooling, and sleeping.  In addition, your pediatrician will review their development and milestone and give you guidance on what to expect for the next two months before their next checkup

This visit is also the time to start immunization. At the 2-month well-visit, your infant will obtain 4 vaccines and be protected against 8 serious bacterial and viral diseases. 

The following vaccines are administered at the 2-month visit, and comprises the first set of their primary series:

Hepatitis B

Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis (DTaP) 

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) 

Pneumococcal (PCV)

Polio (IPV) 

Rotavirus (RV)

Be sure to voice any concerns or questions you have about vaccines and immunization with your pediatrician. Many parents who never second-guessed immunization can become anxious after they have a baby. They will discuss everything you need to know, listen to how you feel and answer your questions. 

At Juno Pediatrics , we are committed to providing the highest level of care and protection, and toward that goal, we ensure that all of our patients are vaccinated on schedule and on time.  You can find more on our approach to pediatric vaccines on our website . Your pediatrician will be there to answer any and all questions along the way.

The Fourth Check-Up: 4 Months

Four-month-olds are smiling, cooing babies, reaching for toys and your hair, looking around, and holding their heads up with more stability. 

The care assistant will take your baby’s vitals and measurements, as usual, review how the child is doing, answer your questions, and let you know what to expect in the coming two months.  Additionally, at this visit, we will start discussing introducing solid foods to your baby, a fun new adventure!

Your infant will also receive his second set of vaccines, the exact same one they received at the 2-month visit.  This is the second of three of their primary series vaccines.

The Fifth Check-Up: 6 Months

The half-year mark is a major milestone in a baby’s life. Their personality will have emerged and begun to shine through as they engage more with you, their family, and the world around them. By this age , they may begin to sit on their own, enjoy looking at their reflection in mirrors and show emotional responses to others. 

Your pediatrician will take your baby’s vitals and measurements as usual, then discuss some of the 6-month-old milestones to expect. If you are worried about your baby’s development, the doctor will listen intently and offer reassurance and guidance.

If your baby is not mobile, does not sit up or hold things, does not laugh or smile, or does not respond to its caretakers, then make sure you bring these issues up with your doctor. 

The final 4 vaccines of the primary series will be administered at this visit by the pediatrician. During flu season, your baby is eligible to receive its first influenza vaccine. This is administered to children in 2 doses roughly 1 month apart. 

The Sixth Check-Up: 9 Months

A 9-month-old is curious, adventurous, and always interested in the world around them. They will be eating solid foods 2-3x a day in addition to breast milk and formula and are starting to express their independence. At this stage , most babies are very vocal and have some ability to move. 

They will have a range of emotional expressions from deep frowns to big, happy smiles. They can also express anger and frustration more clearly, so it will be easier to differentiate their cries and understand their feelings. 

Your pediatrician will ensure the baby’s growth is on par with their sex and age. Then, they will begin to discuss their oral hygiene, as your baby may have a tooth erupted. . If you are concerned about any developmental delays, they can be addressed during this time.

Lack of emotional response, limited eye contact, infrequent mobility, and poor motor skills can indicate an issue that the doctor should know about. They can address these concerns and, if need be, refer you and your baby to a specialist. 

Bear in mind that every baby is unique, and some children reach milestones later without having any major conditions.

The Seventh Check-Up: 1 Year

As you celebrate your child’s first year of life, your pediatrician will offer advice on how to nurture them through late infancy into early toddlerhood. Over the next year, they will experience many changes to their cognitive, mental, and emotional development.

Your baby’s personality will emerge even more from this point forward, especially as they become more mobile, taking first steps, and communicative, saying first words and phrases.

At the 12-month-old check-up , your baby will undergo a blood test that checks lead level and hemoglobin screening, which checks for anemia . 

The 1-year mark is also time for babies to receive the following vaccines:

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

Chickenpox (varicella)

Hepatitis A 

Their final boosters of DTaP and Hib vaccines will be given at their 15-month check-up, and their final Hepatitis A vaccine and PCV vaccine will be completed at the 18-month visit.

Your Baby’s Health Journey Starts Here

At Juno, we provide comprehensive healthcare for the entire family. Our medical team includes board-certified pediatricians who take the time to listen to your experiences, hear your concerns, and ensure your baby gets the highest quality care. If you are looking for a long-term practice to nurture your baby, schedule an appointment with Juno Pediatrics today .

Doctor Visits

Make the Most of Your Child’s Visit to the Doctor (Ages 1 to 4)

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Young children need to go to the doctor or nurse for a “well-child visit” 7 times between ages 1 and 4.

A well-child visit is when you take your child to the doctor to make sure they’re healthy and developing normally. This is different from other visits for sickness or injury.

At a well-child visit, the doctor or nurse can help catch any problems early, when they may be easier to treat. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions about things like your child’s behavior, eating habits, and sleeping habits.

Learn what to expect so you can make the most of each visit.

Well-Child Visits

How often do i need to take my child for well-child visits.

Young children grow quickly, so they need to visit the doctor or nurse regularly to make sure they’re healthy and developing normally.

Children ages 1 to 4 need to see the doctor or nurse when they’re:

  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old (1 year and 3 months)
  • 18 months old (1 year and 6 months)
  • 24 months old (2 years)
  • 30 months old (2 years and 6 months)
  • 3 years old
  • 4 years old

If you’re worried about your child’s health, don’t wait until the next scheduled visit — call the doctor or nurse right away.

Child Development

How do i know if my child is growing and developing on schedule.

Your child’s doctor or nurse can help you understand how your child is developing and learning to do new things — like walk and talk. These are sometimes called  “developmental milestones.”

Every child grows and develops differently. For example, some children will take longer to start talking than others. Learn more about child development .

At each visit, the doctor or nurse will ask you how you’re doing as a parent and what new things your child is learning to do.

Ages 12 to 18 Months

By age 12 months, most kids:.

  • Stand by holding on to something
  • Walk with help, like by holding on to the furniture
  • Call a parent "mama," "dada," or some other special name
  • Look for a toy they've seen you hide

Check out this complete list of milestones for kids age 12 months .

By age 15 months, most kids:

  • Follow simple directions, like "Pick up the toy"
  • Show you a toy they like
  • Try to use things they see you use, like a cup or a book
  • Take a few steps on their own

Check out this complete list of milestones for kids age 15 months.

By age 18 months, most kids:

  • Make scribbles with crayons
  • Look at a few pages in a book with you
  • Try to say 3 or more words besides “mama” or “dada”
  • Point to show someone what they want
  • Walk on their own
  • Try to use a spoon

Check out this complete list of milestones for kids age 18 months . 

Ages 24 to 30 Months

By age 24 months (2 years), most kids:.

  • Notice when others are hurt or upset
  • Point to at least 2 body parts, like their nose, when asked
  • Try to use knobs or buttons on a toy
  • Kick a ball

Check out this complete list of milestones for kids age 24 months . 

By age 30 months, most kids:

  • Name items in a picture book, like a cat or dog
  • Play simple games with other kids, like tag
  • Jump off the ground with both feet
  • Take some clothes off by themselves, like loose pants or an open jacket

Check out this complete list of milestones for kids age 30 months .

Ages 3 to 4 Years

By age 3 years, most kids:.

  • Calm down within 10 minutes after you leave them, like at a child care drop-off
  • Draw a circle after you show them how
  • Ask “who,” “what,” “where,” or “why” questions, like “Where is Daddy?”

Check out this complete list of milestones for kids age 3 years . 

By age 4 years, most kids:

  • Avoid danger — for example, they don’t jump from tall heights at the playground
  • Pretend to be something else during play, like a teacher, superhero, or dog
  • Draw a person with 3 or more body parts
  • Catch a large ball most of the time

Check out this complete list of milestones for kids age 4 years . 

Take these steps to help you and your child get the most out of well-child visits.

Gather important information.

Bring any medical records you have to the appointment, including a record of vaccines (shots) your child has received.

Make a list of any important changes in your child’s life since the last doctor’s visit, like a:

  • New brother or sister
  • Serious illness or death in the family
  • Separation or divorce
  • Change in child care

Use this tool to  keep track of your child’s family health history .

Ask other caregivers about your child.

Before you visit the doctor, talk with others who care for your child, like a grandparent, daycare provider, or babysitter. They may be able to help you think of questions to ask the doctor or nurse.

What about cost?

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must cover well-child visits. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get well-child visits at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to find out more.

Your child may also qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Learn about coverage options for your family.

If you don’t have insurance, you may still be able to get free or low-cost well-child visits. Find a health center near you and ask about well-child visits.

To learn more, check out these resources:

  • Free preventive care for children covered by the Affordable Care Act
  • How the Affordable Care Act protects you and your family
  • Understanding your health insurance and how to use it [PDF - 698 KB]

Ask Questions

Make a list of questions you want to ask the doctor..

Before the well-child visit, write down 3 to 5 questions you have. This visit is a great time to ask the doctor or nurse any questions about:

  • A health condition your child has (like asthma or an allergy)
  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • How to help kids in the family get along

Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • Is my child up to date on vaccines?
  • How can I make sure my child is getting enough physical activity?
  • Is my child at a healthy weight?
  • How can I help my child try different foods?
  • What are appropriate ways to discipline my child?
  • How much screen time is okay for young children?

Take a notepad, smartphone, or tablet and write down the answers so you remember them later.

Ask what to do if your child gets sick. 

Make sure you know how to get in touch with a doctor or nurse when the office is closed. Ask how to get hold of the doctor on call — or if there's a nurse information service you can call at night or during the weekend. 

What to Expect

Know what to expect..

During each well-child visit, the doctor or nurse will ask you questions about your child, do a physical exam, and update your child's medical history. You'll also be able to ask your questions and discuss any problems you may be having.

The doctor or nurse will ask questions about your child.

The doctor or nurse may ask about:

  • Behavior — Does your child have trouble following directions?
  • Health — Does your child often complain of stomachaches or other kinds of pain?
  • Activities — What types of pretend play does your child like?
  • Eating habits — What does your child eat on a normal day?
  • Family — Have there been any changes in your family since your last visit?

They may also ask questions about safety, like:

  • Does your child always ride in a car seat in the back seat of the car? 
  • Does anyone in your home have a gun? If so, is it unloaded and locked in a place where your child can’t get it?
  • Is there a swimming pool or other water around your home?
  • What steps have you taken to childproof your home? Do you have gates on stairs and latches on cabinets?

Your answers to questions like these will help the doctor or nurse make sure your child is healthy, safe, and developing normally.

Physical Exam

The doctor or nurse will also check your child’s body..

To check your child’s body, the doctor or nurse will:

  • Measure your child’s height and weight
  • Check your child’s blood pressure
  • Check your child’s vision
  • Check your child’s body parts (this is called a physical exam)
  • Give your child shots they need

Learn more about your child’s health care:

  • Find out how to get your child’s shots on schedule
  • Learn how to take care of your child’s vision

Content last updated December 22, 2022

Reviewer Information

This information on well-child visits was adapted from materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by: Sara Kinsman, M.D., Ph.D. Director, Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health Maternal and Child Health Bureau Health Resources and Services Administration

Bethany Miller, M.S.W. Chief, Adolescent Health Branch Maternal and Child Health Bureau Health Resources and Services Administration

Diane Pilkey, R.N., M.P.H. Nursing Consultant, Division of Child, Adolescent, and Family Health Maternal and Child Health Bureau Health Resources and Services Administration

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The First-Week Well-Baby Visit

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Your Baby’s 1-Month Health Check


Your baby's first health checkup will be about one month after you bring him home from the hospital. Your provider will check his weight and height, and offer you advice on how to handle minor illnesses or concerns at home and when to call the doctor.

You're still getting used to life with your baby, so give yourself as much time for this checkup as you can. Bring along whatever you need to keep your baby warm, fed, and contented, and make sure to bring a copy of your newborn's hospital record, if you have it.

At This Visit, Your Provider Will Probably:

Weigh and measure your baby to make sure he's growing at a healthy rate.

Check that his umbilical cord stump has fallen off and the belly button is healing well. If your baby son was circumcised, your provider will check that this is healing as well.

Give your baby a hepatitis shot if he didn't get one at the hospital or at a previous doctor's visit.

Address any health concerns that he or she notices, such as cradle cap or diaper rash.

Ask you about your baby's sleeping, eating, and elimination patterns.

What Your Healthcare Provider Will Want To Know

Has your baby seen another healthcare provider since the last visit? If so, why? What was the outcome of that visit, and were any medications or treatments prescribed?

Does your baby hold her head up when you put her on her tummy?

Does she quiet down, at least briefly, when she hears you or when you pick her up?

Does she sleep a little longer during some part of the day or night?

Does she have longer periods when she's alert?

Does she follow you with her eyes, and study your eyes and face when you're close?

Does she respond to your voice or other sounds?

Is she put to sleep on her back? Are her bedding and room appropriate?

Does she watch a mobile above her?

Is she a little fussier at the end of the day? All of these behaviors are expected at this time.

If you are breastfeeding, are you taking any medication or supplements?

Are there any special stresses or changes at home?

Talk It Over

You no doubt have many other concerns. Now's the time to discuss them with your provider. Here are a few common issues:

How is your baby eating and sleeping? Let your provider know how often your baby eats.

Talk about how siblings and other family members are adjusting.

Ask about crying management and comforting techniques. Your baby should respond to being held. Discuss pacifier use as well.

New parents always have questions. Your healthcare provider is there to help, so don't be shy. For example, you should speak up if the following situations apply to you:

People are giving you advice that confuses you or is contradictory.

Your baby doesn't respond to sounds, especially your voice.

Your baby isn't moving both hands and feet equally.

Your baby has a puffy or runny eye.

Your baby doesn't focus on your face when she is alert.

You're having a hard time comforting your baby.

You're feeling blue, or having a hard time sleeping or eating.

You're going back to work soon, and you're not sure how you're going to manage it.

Your baby doesn't stay awake for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Although every baby is different and reaches developmental milestones at unique times, it's always reassuring to discuss any issues or concerns about your baby's development with your provider.

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As a parent, you want to give your baby the best possible care. An important part of keeping your baby healthy is regular visits to the doctor. As you navigate a work-life balance, scheduling baby doctor visits ahead of time can help manage time and plan ahead. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about baby and infant checkup schedules.

What is the typical baby checkup schedule?

As a first-time parent, there are so many questions pertaining to your infant's health and well-being. Being a responsible parent, you’ll want to make sure that you keep up with important doctor visits according to the age of your newborn. Infant checkup schedules start at birth and continue from there. You’ll be back at the doctor’s office 3-5 days after delivery for a checkup and again for the following milestones at a minimum; 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months.  

What occurs during the 1-month checkup doctor visit?

Every month your tiny human will be growing and developing at a rapid pace. It’s important to make sure you and your physician schedule appointments for baby checkups to monitor development.  For your 1-month baby check-up, your doctor should take measurements and perform a physical exam, developmental surveillance, and a behavioral assessment. Your baby may also get a Tuberculosis test. It’s important to make sure your baby is free and clear of anything that can harm them. With discussion, your physician can start to give your newborn vaccinations.  The hepatitis B vaccine may occur during your baby’s first-month or second-month checkup.

What occurs during the 6-month checkup doctor visit?

It's been 6 months, and your tiny human is developing so fast! Their little personality is starting to shine through. As you watch them start to smile, giggle, roll around, and maybe even start sitting up and down on their own, you’ll fall more in love daily. You and your baby have reached a new milestone, your baby’s half birthday!  During a 6-month checkup, your baby’s exam should include all the usual stuff, such as:

  • Measurements
  • Development assessment
  • Second and third round of vaccinations
  • Up to this point, your tiny human has begun the vaccination process to help protect them from unwanted diseases and should continue to receive these shots during their 6-month baby checkup. Vaccinations include:
  • Rotavirus vaccine (RV)
  • Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV)
  • Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)

Vaccinations may have side effects which your physician should go over so you know what to expect. Some side effects may interrupt much-needed sleep. If you hit any sleeping obstacles, try a weighted swaddle or blanket to calm and comfort your baby.

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What occurs during the 9-month checkup doctor visit.

You’ve reached the 9-month milestone, and you’re exhausted from chasing a crawling baby all day. A 9-month-old is more mobile and adventurous as they discover new foods, facial expressions, and start to connect with the world around them more. To make sure your baby is developing accordingly, you and your physician should discuss your baby’s development. Through a series of questions your doctor can find out what they need to know about their growth and behavior. As a parent, record milestones so you can provide the most accurate information for your doctor. At your 9-month checkup your doctor may have you play with your bundle of joy to see how they behave and how they are able to move around. The physician wants to see if your baby is developing at a normal rate. The idea of this is to see if your baby should receive more testing for any possible developmental delays. If there are developmental delays, your baby may receive more of these screenings to see if they are at a higher risk for developmental problems because of preterm birth, low birth weight, or a sibling who is on the autism spectrum disorder.  

What occurs during the 1-year checkup doctor visit?

Congratulations, your baby is celebrating its 1st birthday! Such a huge milestone! Your baby is now a toddler. They are learning to talk, listen to commands, and even walk.  During your 1-year physician visit, your baby should undergo regular measurement taking, behavior tests, and a physical exam. In addition, the vaccination process will continue. Expect your baby to get their final dose of Hep B, Hib, their fourth dose of PCV, third dose of IPV, the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and one dose of Hep A. Your baby may also get a lead screening test, TB test, and an oral health examination.

What occurs during the 18-month checkup doctor visit?

At 18 months, it’s time for another milestone checkup. A routine physical and mental developmental exam should be performed. In addition, an Autism screening test should be done. At 18 months a toddler's reaction to certain things is more heavily examined. As a parent, the doctor will have plenty of questions for you as well. While we all hope our child is perfectly normal, it’s critical to bring up any concerns you may have. By 18 months, developmental delays should be easier to identify.

The sooner any problems are diagnosed, the better chance the child will have at possibly overcoming any challenges. At an 18-month checkup your toddler should also receive more vaccines including Hep B, DTaP, IPV, and Hep A, if they have not received them in prior baby checkups. Other tests your toddler may receive are hematocrit or hemoglobin test to check for anemia, a lead screening test, TB test, and possibly an oral health examination.

What occurs during the 2-year checkup doctor visit?

Happy 2nd birthday! This 2-year checkup is like most of the checkups that your baby has gone to. The usual developmental surveillance, psychosocial/behavioral assessment, autism screening, and measurements are to be expected. Your baby will still be receiving vaccines which include the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4). This vaccine is in two doses and is given 8 weeks apart.

What baby checkup appointments are the most important?

All baby checkups are equally important. Your baby develops so fast that it’s important to monitor their health and developmental progress every step of the way. Staying on top of any health issues that may arise can help protect your baby’s health and well-being.

Are baby checkups mandatory?

Baby checkups are not mandatory nor required by law, but they are critical to your baby's health and development. Falling behind on your infant’s checkup schedule could lead to you and your physician missing certain health and/or developmental problems.

How should you prepare for baby checkups?

Preparing for checkups is an ongoing activity. In between the time you leave your last checkup and return for your next, track any developmental milestones or concerns. Having an accurate timeline and helping your doctor identify any issues can aid in proper development. Before heading to the doctor, dress your baby or toddler in clothes that are easy to take on and off. Bringing a diaper bag with the following items can also be helpful:

  • Change of clothes
  • Diapers, wipes, and burp cloths
  • A blanket to cover the exam table
  • A toy for distraction
  • A pacifier or a bottle
  • A List of questions and concerns for your physician
  • A list of your skills thus far
  • Record of sleep
  • Diaper changes and feeding schedules
  • And finally, make sure you have your insurance information.

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While it’s a no-brainer that you take your baby or toddler to the doctor when they’re sick, it’s also important to bring your child to the pediatrician for regularly scheduled visits when they are feeling just fine! Enter: The well-child visit. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that each kiddo goes to the doctor within days of birth, then almost monthly, then annually for must-have screenings and assessments. Here’s what to expect at childhood checkups—and when to expect them .

In the first few years of life, you’ll get to know your child’s healthcare provider very well.

Typical child well visit schedule:

  • Within 3 to 5 days of birth
  • Annually after 3 years

What to Expect at the Newborn Well-Child Visit

Congrats! You just brought your baby home from the hospital…now pack up the diaper bag and head to their very first visit to the pediatrician! (Still haven’t secured your baby’s pediatrician? Use our guide to help you find the perfect doc .) All newborns need a first-week checkup within 3 to 5 days from birth.

What to bring to Newborn Well-Child Visit

Beyond your sweet babe, you may need to bring all your hospital paperwork, which should contain info about your baby’s discharge weight and/or any possible complications that occurred during pregnancy or birth. Some hospitals and practices use online charts that multiple providers can access, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll want to have that information on hand. (If you’re unsure, just ask!)

Newborn Well-Child Visit Vaccines

If your little one did not receive the Hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine while at the hospital, they should receive the first HepB vaccine dose now.

Newborn Well-Child Visit Screenings

Your baby’s pediatrician will likely tackle the following screening measure and exams:

Your baby will be measured and weighed to ensure they’re growing as expected.

Baby’s head, ears, eyes, and mouth will be examined.

Baby’s skin will be looked at for birthmarks or rashes.

The doctor will review the results of two newborn screenings your baby received shortly after birth: hearing and blood test results. (Rescreening may be done.)

If your baby did not have their hearing screened at the hospital—or if they were born at home or a birthing center, their hearing will be screened .

The pediatrician will press gently on your baby’s tummy to check organs and for an umbilical hernia.

They’ll also move your baby’s legs to check for dislocation or other issues with their hip joints.

Your baby’s genitalia will be examined for signs of infection, such as tenderness or lumps.

What to Expect at Baby Well-Child Visits

During the first year of your baby’s life, they will visit the pediatrician every month or so for a well-child checkup. All first-year well-visits entail the following:

Baby’s weight and height will be recorded.

The pediatrician will check on your baby’s developmental milestones.

Baby’s heart rate and breathing will be checked.

The doctor will examine your baby’s skin.

They’ll also press on Baby’s belly to detect enlarged organs or an umbilical hernia.

Baby’s legs and hips will be checked for dislocation or other joint problems.

Baby’s genitalia will be inspected for signs of infection.

Beyond the screenings listed above, you can also expect:

Your little one may receive the HepB vaccine, though sometimes this occurs at Baby’s two-month checkup.

Mom will be screened for postpartum depression. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends moms be screened for postpartum depression (PPD) during well-child visits at 1, 2, 4, and 6 months of age.

If your baby is breastfeeding or consuming less than 27 ounces a day of vitamin-D containing baby formula, the pediatrician will offer advice about vitamin D supplementation .

Possible questions about feeding, sleep, number of wet and dirty diapers, and other 1-month milestones

Beyond the screenings listed above, you can expect:

Baby is set to receive the following vaccinations: RV, DTap, Hib, PCV13, and IPV.

Mom will be screened for postpartum depression .

Possible questions about feeding, sleep, number of wet and dirty diapers, tummy time , and other 2-month milestones

Your bub will likely receive the following vaccinations: RV, DTap, Hib, PCV13, and IPV.

Mom will be screened for postpartum depression.

Blood may be drawn to screen for anemia , which is a condition marked by a low supply of healthy red blood cells.

If your baby is partially or completely breastfed, the doctor will offer advice about introducing an iron supplement . 

Possible questions about sleep regression , babbling, Baby’s gums, teething, starting solids soon, when/how to introduce allergens , and other 4-month milestones

Your baby will likely get the following vaccinations: DTap, Hib, and PCV13. If your bub received the PedvaxHIB vaccine, they don’t require a 6-month Hib shot. If your Baby received the RotaTeq (RV5) vaccine, they’ll get their third dose now.

If your baby’s 6-month well-visit falls during flu season, they should get the recommended flu shot —with the second dose four weeks later. If it’s not flu season, your pediatrician will advise you when to return to get this important vaccine.

Fluoride varnish may be applied if your bub’s first tooth has popped through (most babies start cutting teeth around this age).

Possible questions about starting solids, introducing nuts , teething, and sleep, and other 6-month baby milestones

If your baby hasn’t yet received their third HepB and IPV shots, they may get them now. Technically, babies can get either of these vaccines between 6 and 18 months, and many doctors opt to give them during the 9-month checkup.

Your baby’s pediatrician will conduct a more formal developmental screening than usual, asking several questions about your little one’s growth and behavior. The doc may even ask if they can observe you and your little one playing together. All of this is to see whether your baby is developing at an expected rate or further testing is needed.

Possible questions about pointing, babyproofing , sippy cups, constipation, and other 9-month baby milestones

Baby will likely receive the following vaccinations: Hib, PCV13, MMR, VAR, HepA (second dose around 6 months later). Your little is eligible for all these vaccines at their one-year checkup, but that doesn’t mean they’ll occur all at once. For example, babies should receive Hib, PCV13, MMR, VAR vaccines between 12 and 15 months. And you have until 23 months to tick the HepA shot off your list.

Your baby may be screened for anemia .

Based on your little one’s risk, their hearing, vision, blood pressure, and/or their blood lead levels may be tested.

Possible questions about crawling, walking, talking, transitioning to whole milk , and other first-year baby milestones

During Baby’s first year, doctor appointments were coming at you in rapid succession. But now that you’ve got a toddler on your hands, the time between well-visits widens. Between 15 months old and your bub’s third birthday, you’ll be back at the pediatrician’s office just five times for checkups. Here’s what you can expect at every well visit: 

Your toddler’s weight and height will be recorded.

The pediatrician will check on your tot’s developmental milestones.

Your toddler’s head, ears, eyes, and mouth will be examined.

Toddler’s heart rate and breathing will be checked.

A skin examination will likely occur.

The doctor will press on your child’s belly to feel organs and for an umbilical hernia.

Your toddler's genitalia will be looked at for signs of infection, such as tenderness or lumps.

Depending on which vaccines your child got at their 12-month visit, they may be due for Hib, PCV13, MMR, VAR, which are all recommended between 12 and 15 months.

Your toddler may be checked for anemia.

Based on specific risk factors, your toddler may have their vision, hearing, and/or blood pressure checked, too.

If your tot has already received a fluoride varnish on their teeth, a second application may occur .

Possible questions about sleep, motor skills, social skills, eating, talking, and constipation, and other 15-month milestones

Depending on which immunizations your kiddo got during their last well visit, they may be due for HepA with a second dose about 6 months later and/or DTap

Based on your child’s risk factors—or possible concerns—your tot’s pediatrician may screen for anemia or lead poisoning, do a blood pressure check, and/or conduct a hearing or vision test.

In addition to regular developmental surveillance and screening, all 18-month-olds need a formal screening for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at their well-child visit. There are several screening tool options, but the 23-point questionnaire called the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers–Revised with follow-u (M-CHAT-R/F) is the most common screening tool used in pediatric offices.

Possible questions about sleep, eating, motor skills, play habits, potty training, tantrums, and other 18-month milestones

Once your tot is 2 years old, they can get the nasal spray version of the flu shot. (Your toddler is still too young to get their annual jab—or FluMist—at the local pharmacy.)

The AAP recommends all children get screened for autism spectrum disorder at both their 18- and 24-month well-child visits. ( Learn about early autism signs. )

Your child’s doc will likely start using BMI (body mass index) to screen for overweight and obesity in children beginning at 2 years old.

Your child’s doctor may order tests for anemia, lead, high cholesterol, and/or tuberculosis if needed.

Possible questions about sleep, potty training , motor and language development , and other 24-month milestones

Plan for all of the basic well-visit screenings at the 30-month (or two-and-a-half year) checkup. If your toddler is up to date on vaccines and feeling good, not much else happens at this checkup! But just because there’s nothing “big” happening at this well visit, doesn’t mean it’s not important. Remember, these checkups are how doctors track your child’s development. It’s a time to ask questions about your child’s 30-month milestones . And these visits ensure that your toddler is getting the care they need to stay healthy!

While visual acuity screening (seeing details of letters or symbols from a distance) is recommended to begin between the ages 4 and 5, cooperative 3-year-olds can easily be tested, too.

Your child’s blood pressure will be checked.

Again, your child may be checked for anemia, lead, and/or tuberculosis, if needed.

Possible questions about sleep, speech and language development, motor skills, and other 3-year milestones

Well-Child Visit Vaccine Schedule: Birth to 2 Years

The first two years are prime for protecting your child against numerous diseases and infections. Here’s the rundown of the recommended vaccine schedule for your little one’s earliest years:

Vaccines at 1-month checkup: HepB vaccine. Sometimes this occurs at Baby’s two-month checkup, instead.

Vaccines at 2-month checkup: RV, DTap, Hib, PCV13, and IPV

Vaccines at 4-month checkup: RV, DTap, Hib, PCV13, and IPV

Vaccines at 6-month checkup: DTap, Hib, PCV13, flu shot. While all 6-month-olds should receive their annual flu shot, your baby’s 6-month checkup may not occur during flu season. If that’s the case, your baby will receive the vaccine later. Regardless, your child may need a second dose of the flu vaccine four weeks after the first. Also, if your Baby received the RotaTeq, (RV5) vaccine, they’ll get their third dose at 6 months.

Vaccines at 9-month checkup: HepB, IPV (though they can be given as early as 6 months and as late as 18 months)

Vaccines at 12-month checkup: Hib, PCV13, MMR, VAR, HepA (second dose ~6 months later). Your baby is eligible for all these vaccines at their one-year checkup, but that doesn’t mean they will all occur at once. For example, babies should receive Hib, PCV13, MMR, VAR vaccines between 12 and 15 months. And you have until 23 months to tick the HepA shot off your list.

  For a more in-depth look at the recommended vaccine schedule for children, please check out our soup-to-nuts vaccine guide .

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): 1st Week Checkup Checklist: 3 to 5 days old
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Recommended Vaccinations for Infants and Children, Parent-Friendly Version
  • Nemours Children’s Health: Hearing Tests
  • Incorporating Recognition and Management of Perinatal Depression Into Pediatric Practice, Pediatrics, January 2019
  • AAP: Where We Stand: Vitamin D & Iron Supplements for Babies
  • AAP: Checkup Checklist: 4 Months Old
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  • AAP: Checkup Checklist: 9 Months Old
  • AAP: Checkup Checklist: First Birthday (12 Months Old)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Important Milestones: Your Baby By Fifteen Months
  • AAP: How Pediatricians Screen for Autism
  • National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations: Pharmacist Administered Vaccines, Updated August 2022, Based on NASPA Analysis of State Pharmacy Practice Laws   
  • CDC: About Child & Teen BMI
  • Nemours Children’s Health: Your Child's Checkup: 2 Years (24 Months)

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What to Expect During This Visit

Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:

1. Check your toddler's weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on a growth chart .

2. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your child is:

Eating . By 12 months, toddlers are ready to switch from formula to cow's milk . Children may be breastfed beyond 1 year of age, if desired. Your child might move away from baby foods and be more interested in table foods. Offer a variety of soft table foods and avoid choking hazards.

Pooping. As you introduce more foods and whole milk, the look of your child's poop (and how often they go) may change. Let your doctor know if your child has diarrhea, is constipated , or has poop that's hard to pass.

Sleeping. One-year-olds need about 11–14 hours of sleep a day, including 1–2  naps .

Developing. By 12 months, most toddlers:

  • call parents  "mama" and "dada"  or another special name
  • understand “no” (pause briefly or stop when you say it)
  • wave bye-bye
  • enjoy pat-a-cake and other social games
  • can put something in a container, like a block in a cup
  • look for things that someone hides
  • pull to stand
  • walk while holding onto furniture ("cruising")
  • pick things up with their thumb and pointer finger

Talk to your doctor if your toddler is not meeting one or more milestones, or you notice that your toddler had skills but has lost them.

3. Do an  exam with your child undressed while you are present.

4. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it's important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.

5. Order tests. Your doctor may check for lead , anemia , or tuberculosis , if needed.

Looking Ahead

Here are some things to keep in mind until your child's next checkup at 15 months :

  • Give  whole milk (not low-fat or skim milk, unless the doctor says to) until your child is 2 years old.
  • Limit the amount of cow's milk to about 16–24 ounces (480–720 ml) a day. Move from a bottle to a cup . If you're breastfeeding, you can offer pumped breast milk in a cup.
  • Serve 100%  juice in a cup and limit it to no more than 4 ounces (120 ml) a day. Avoid sugary drinks like soda.
  • Include iron-fortified cereal and iron-rich foods (such as meat, tofu, sweet potatoes, and beans) in your child's diet.
  • Encourage self-feeding . Let your child practice with a spoon and a cup.
  • Have your child seated in a high chair or booster seat at the table when drinking and eating.
  • Serve 3 meals and 2–3 scheduled  healthy snacks a day. Don't be alarmed if your child seems to eat less than before. Growth slows during the second year and appetites tend to decrease. Let your child decide how much to eat. Talk to your doctor if you're worried.
  • Avoid foods that can cause choking , such as whole grapes, raisins, popcorn, pretzels, nuts, hot dogs, sausages, chunks of meat, hard cheese, raw veggies, or hard fruits.
  • Avoid foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat and low in nutrition.
  • Babies learn best by interacting with people . Make time to talk, sing, read , and play with your child every day.
  • TV viewing (or other screen time, including computers) is not recommended for kids under 18 months old. Video chatting is OK.
  • Have a safe play area and allow plenty of time for exploring .

Routine Care & Safety

  • Brush your child's teeth with a soft toothbrush and a tiny bit of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) twice a day. Schedule a dentist visit soon after the first tooth appears or by 1 year of age. To help prevent cavities, the doctor or dentist may brush fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth 2–4 times a year.
  • Never spank or hit your child. When unwanted behaviors happen, say “no” and help your child move on to another activity. You can use a brief time-out instead.
  • Continue to keep your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat until your child reaches the weight or height limit set by the car-seat manufacturer.
  • Avoid sun exposure by keeping your baby covered and in the shade when possible. You may use sunscreen (SPF 30) if shade and clothing are not protecting your baby from direct sun exposure.
  • Install safety gates and tie up drapes, blinds, and cords.
  • Keep locked up/out of reach: choking hazards; medicines; toxic substances; items that are hot, sharp, or breakable.
  • Keep emergency numbers, including the Poison Control Help Line number at 1-800-222-1222 , near the phone.
  • To prevent drowning , close bathroom doors, keep toilet seats down, and always supervise your child around water (including baths).
  • Protect your child from secondhand smoke , which increases the risk of heart and lung disease. Secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes is also harmful.
  • Protect your child from gun injuries by not keeping a gun in the home. If you do have a gun, keep it unloaded and locked away. Ammunition should be locked up separately. Make sure kids can't get to the keys.
  • Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about your living situation . Do you have the things that you need to take care of your child? Do you have enough food , a safe place to live, and health insurance ? Your doctor can tell you about community resources or refer you to a social worker.

These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.

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2-Month-Old Baby: Feeding, Sleep, and Milestones by Month

R eaching two months old is a significant milestone not only for your baby but also for you as a parent. You have survived the first months home with a newborn, and you are starting to grow your parenting legs. With each new month, you may wonder what comes next in your baby’s growth and development. This article will help you understand the new 2-month-old milestones they will achieve, how much they should eat and sleep, and what activities you can do with a 2-month-old.

What Developmental Milestones Should My 2-Month-Old Baby Meet?

Each month, your baby will learn more and more skills, propelling them along their developmental path. As your 2-month-old grows, these are some of the developmental milestones they should be reaching: 1

  • Holding their head up when on their tummy
  • Moving both arms and legs equally
  • Briefly opening and closing their hands
  • Watching others as they move or walk around
  • Focusing on your face or a toy for several seconds
  • Making sounds other than crying, such as cooing
  • Calming down when talked to or when picked up
  • Smiling at you when you talk or smile at them
  • Responding to loud noises

What Should My Newborn’s Feeding Schedule Look Like?

At the 2-month-old milestone mark, your baby will start to have a more predictable feeding schedule than they did as a newborn. They will still eat every two to four hours during the day, but it will be more predictable and can include a longer stretch between feedings at night. 2-month-olds typically eat 4 to 5 ounces of formula or breast milk with each feeding. 2

Signs of Hunger

For most 2-month-old babies, their hunger cues are similar to that of a newborn. These include: 3

  • Putting their hands to their mouth repeatedly
  • Turning their head toward the breast or bottle nipple
  • Puckering, smacking, or licking their lips
  • Clenching their hands

Many babies will cry when they are hungry, but this is also a late sign of hunger. As your baby grows at the 2-month-old milestone, you will become better able to recognize their hunger cues to avoid reaching this late-stage hunger cue. 3

Signs of Fullness

While your baby has started to space out the length between their feedings, it is essential to monitor them for signs of fullness and for signs that they are getting enough to eat. Some signs of fullness include: 3

  • Closing their mouth when presented with the breast or bottle nipple
  • Turning their head away from the breast or bottle nipple
  • Pushing the breast or bottle away
  • Relaxing their hands

Your newborn will feed more frequently when they are going through a growth spurt, and it can be hard to know if they are getting enough to eat. The best way to determine this is to check their diaper. Your baby should have a minimum of five to six wet diapers a day and poop on a regular schedule. Some babies will poop several times a day, while others may go a few days in between poops. As long as your baby is having their normal number of wet and poopy diapers a day and gaining weight appropriately, you know they are getting enough to eat. 2

What Should My Newborn’s Sleep Schedule Look Like?

Many parents ask, “When do babies start sleeping through the night?” and for most babies, that will not happen until around three months or later. Sleeping through the night is typically seen as sleeping for six to eight hours without waking. Babies under three months of age cannot go that long in between feedings, so waking up during the night is expected. 4

As your baby grows out of the newborn stage, they will develop a new sleep schedule. Most babies at the 2-month-old milestone will sleep about 14-17 hours a day, split into two to three daytime naps and a longer stretch of sleep at night. 5 Many breastfed babies can sleep four to five hours in between feedings at night, while many formula-fed babies will sleep five to six hours in between nighttime feedings. 6 Don’t be alarmed if your baby wakes more frequently throughout the night than is expected; it is completely normal for a 2-month-old to wake multiple times a night as they continue to develop their sleep schedule.

Even though your 2-month-old will start to have a more predictable sleep schedule, some babies will still struggle or only sleep when held. To help your baby adjust to sleeping in their crib, try putting them down in their crib just before they fall asleep. This will help them adjust to sleeping without being held. 11

What Should My 2-Month-Old Baby’s Daily Schedule Look Like?

Even at two months, your baby’s daily schedule is dictated mainly by their nap and feeding schedule. Their feeding and sleeping schedule may be more predictable than it was as a newborn, but that doesn’t mean they will stick to a strict schedule. Trying to have a strict daily schedule can lead to stress and frustration. Your baby’s preferred sleep or feeding times may change daily as they grow, and that’s okay!

What To Expect at Your 2-Month-Old Baby’s Well-Child Visit

At their 2-month-old milestone, your baby will have a well-child visit with their pediatrician. At this visit, your pediatrician will monitor their weight gain, perform a physical and developmental exam, and discuss any immunizations your child may need. 7

Monitoring your baby’s weight will be a primary focus during these well-child visits. While many parents want to know the average weight for a 2-month-old, that is a difficult number to nail. Every baby is born at a different rate and will have their growth patterns. Most babies will gain about 1 ounce daily, but that can vary. Your doctor will monitor your baby’s weight to make sure they are growing at a steady rate. 13

Many parents have heard of the two-month vaccines but may be unfamiliar with what vaccines those are. The vaccines a baby receives at two months old include: 8

  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Rotavirus vaccine
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenza type B vaccine (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Inactivate polio vaccine

Concerns to Mention to the Doctor

While this may seem like a ton of vaccines to receive simultaneously, it is perfectly safe for your baby to receive these at their 2-month-old milestone visit. Many of these vaccines are combined to reduce the amount of shots needed and are typically given in three intramuscular shots (usually the thigh) and one as an oral vaccine. Please speak with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the vaccines your baby may receive. 8

Your baby’s well-child visit is the perfect time to bring up any concerns you may have about their feeding, development, or overall health. Some concerns you would want to notify your pediatrician about are: 9

  • Your baby is having trouble feeding or is not able to eat enough
  • They don’t react to loud noises
  • They aren’t able to follow objects or faces with their eyes
  • They seem stiff or floppy in their arms, legs, or both

Are There Any Health Concerns I Need To Watch Out for in My 2-Month-Old Baby?

Young babies are more susceptible to illness because their immune systems have not had the time to develop fully. Some common illnesses you will want to watch for in your baby include: 7

  • Diarrhea or vomiting that causes dehydration
  • Increased irritability that is accompanied by a fever or rash
  • Skin irritations
  • Respiratory infections such as a cold
  • A fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not common and indicates that your baby needs to be seen immediately by their doctor

What Are Some Milestone Activities I Can Do With My 2-Month-Old Baby?

As your baby enters their second month, they will be more awake. A 2-month-old’s wake window can be as long as two hours. 12 This longer period awake will give you and your 2-month-old plenty of time to work on their developmental milestones. Some fun activities you can do with your baby include: 1

  • Shaking a rattle next to their head and seeing if they look for the sound
  • Mimicking your baby’s sounds
  • Having your baby look at themselves in the mirror
  • Encouraging supervised tummy time with toys at eye level in front of them
  • Talking to your baby as you feed, change, and bathe them
  • Cuddling and holding your baby

Safety Tips for Your 2-Month-Old Baby

Having a newborn and keeping them safe from danger can seem overwhelming. At this age, babies cannot move around by themselves, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t safety measures that need to be implemented. At this age, safety is geared toward keeping the environment around your baby safe. This can include: 10

  • Not drinking hot liquids while holding your baby
  • Using a playpen to keep them in a safe area
  • Not using baby walkers
  • Use toys that do not come apart, don’t have sharp edges, or aren’t smaller than your baby’s mouth
  • Setting your water heater to less than 120 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Not leaving your baby unattended with siblings or pets
  • Not leaving your baby alone in a place where they can fall, like a couch or bed

The second month of your baby’s life is filled with growth. It is such a fun time watching them meet their 2-month-old milestones, thrive, and develop new daily skills. Your baby has grown much over the first months of their life, and some of the most exciting parts are yet to come!

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How to claim 15 hours free childcare including how to get your code

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Applications are now open for eligible working parents of 2-year-olds to receive 15 hours free childcare, starting from April 2024.

It’s the first step in our promise to expand the 30 hours free childcare scheme for working parents from when their child turns nine months until they start school.

From April 2024 , eligible working parents of 2-year-olds will be able to access 15 hours childcare support.

From September 2024 , 15 hours childcare support will be extended to eligible working parents with a child from 9-months-old.

From September 2025 , 30 hours for eligible working parents with a child from 9-months-old up to school age.

We’re making the  biggest investment by a UK government into childcare in history, doubling the amount we expect to spend over the next few years from around £4 billion to around £8 billion each year.

How do I apply? 

You need to meet our eligibility criteria before you can claim 15 hours free childcare.

You apply online here on Gov.uk .

You’ll need to make sure you have the following information to hand before starting the application:

  • your national insurance number (or unique taxpayer reference if you are self-employed)
  • the date you started or are due to start work
  • details of any government support or benefits you receive
  • the UK birth certificate reference number (if you have one) for your child.

You may find out if you’re eligible straight away, but it can take up to 7 days.

Once your application has been approved, you’ll get a code for free childcare to give to your childcare provider.

Applications are open from now until 31 March. If you miss the deadline you won’t be able to start using the new entitlements from 1 April. We encourage all parents to apply as soon as possible once they have receive their code.

What if I’m already registered for Tax Free Childcare?

Parents must reconfirm that they are still eligible for Tax-Free Childcare every 3 months.

As applications are now open for the new free hours entitlement, when eligible parents reconfirm they will receive a code which will also enable them to access the new offer.

To provide reassurance to parents with reconfirmation windows in late February and March, we’re taking additional steps to ensure every parent is able to give their code to their provider in good time.

If your reconfirmation window opens on or after the 15 February, HMRC will send you a letter with a temporary code before this date.

The letter will also explain how to use your code to claim your free place in April. Where possible, please wait for your letter to arrive. You don’t need to contact HMRC.

Before your letter arrives, you can speak to your provider and use your eligibility for Tax-Free Childcare to demonstrate your eligibility for the new free hours entitlement, as the eligibility criteria are the same. You can do this by showing your provider:

  • Proof of your Tax-Free Childcare eligibility (this can be a screenshot from your childcare account , or simply showing your account to your provider)
  • When your reconfirmation window is (you can get this from your childcare account )
  • Your National Insurance number, and
  • Proof of your child’s date of birth, for example your child’s birth certificate, to show they turn 2 on or before 31 March 2024.

However, you must wait for your code (either via letter or through your regular childcare account) to formally confirm your free place.

Do I need to wait for my reconfirmation window to add another child to my account?

A parent who is already using the childcare service for another child can add a new child to their account at any time.

Your reconfirmation cycle for your current Tax-Free Childcare will not affect this.

What happens once I receive my code?

You’ll need to take the code to your childcare provider, along with your National Insurance Number and your child’s date of birth.

Your childcare provider will process the code to provide your free place.

Your local authority can provide support for finding a free place in your area.

If I receive a code in a letter from HMRC, does this make my code on my childcare account invalid?

We’re taking these additional steps as a small number of childcare providers are operating earlier deadlines to process codes.

If you are aware of your childcare provider’s deadline, and your reconfirmation window opens before this deadline, you can continue to use the code accessed via your childcare account, even if you have received a letter with an alternative code. Both codes will be valid.

Do I still need to reconfirm if my window opens on or after 15 February? 

If your reconfirmation window opens on or after 15 February, you will receive a letter with a temporary code which can be used straight away to claim your free place.

However, once your reconfirmation window opens, you will still need to reconfirm via your Childcare Account and share this digital code with your provider.

This is because you will need to continue to reconfirm via your Childcare Account to ensure your eligibility doesn’t lapse.

What happens if I lose the letter with my code?

Your letter from HMRC should arrive by 15 February. If you haven’t received a letter by 15 February, or if you lose the letter including your code after it has arrived, you should contact HMRC.

Please wait for your letter to arrive before contacting HMRC.

My child turns 2 after 1 April. Why aren’t I entitled to free childcare? 

You can only apply for the first phase of the new working parent entitlement if your child is already 2-years-old or will have had their 2 nd birthday on or before 31 March 2024.

Children who are born on or after 1 April will become eligible later in the year:

Parents are only able to claim the entitlements from the term after because this gives local authorities and childcare providers enough time to prepare.

How are you making sure there will be enough childcare places for eligible parents?

To make sure there are enough places available, we’re investing over £400 million in 2024-25 to increase the hourly rates paid to local authorities.

For 2024-25, national average hourly rates paid by the government will be £11.22 for children under 2-years-olds, £8.28 for two-year-olds, and £5.88 for three- and four-year-olds.

Start-up grants will also be available for new or returning childminders who have:

  • completed their registration on or after 15 March 2023;
  • [for returning childminders] registered at least 12 months after the cancellation of a previous registration.

Childminders will receive grants of:

  • £600 for those who choose to register with Ofsted.
  • £1,200 for those who choose to register with a childminder agency.

You may also be interested in:

  • Budget 2023: Everything you need to know about childcare support
  • Before and after school childcare: Everything you need to know about wraparound care
  • Free childcare: How we are tackling the cost of childcare

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