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Well-Baby Visits

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No sooner do you bring your baby home from the hospital than his health care provider wants to see you. In fact, you'll be seeing a lot of this person. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all new parents take their children to at least nine checkups in the first three years. These "well baby," or health supervision, visits are important: They let your health care provider monitor your baby's growth and progress at regular intervals, ensure that your child gets the necessary immunizations on time, and provide reassurance about your baby's health and development. These appointments are the perfect time for you to raise questions and issues about your child and your family and to get help and information about what's ahead. Don't miss your scheduled well-baby checkups.

Most health care providers will have you and your baby come in two or more times in the first couple of weeks to check on feeding and other newborn "getting started" issues. These brief visits help ensure that everything is on track. However, the more regular, expanded visits start at about 1 month.

At each well-baby visit, you can expect the provider to conduct some routine checks and offer information, including:

    • Checking your baby's weight and height, to make sure he's growing steadily and gaining weight normally.
    • Measuring your baby's head circumference, to make sure it's growing normally. (This reflects brain growth.)
    • Sharing insights into your baby's development and checking with you about behavior and development.
    • Discussing breastfeeding issues.
    • Answering any questions you may have.

Click on your baby's age for what to expect at the corresponding well-baby visit:

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2 Years
3 Years



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