Find out what to expect at your newborn checkup

Newborn Visit

Name:____________________ Date Of Visit:____________________ Weight:____________________ Length:____________________

Head Circumference:____________________

Things the doctor will do at today’s visit:

  • Ask how things are going with your new baby.
  • Examine your baby.
  • Make sure that your baby received antibiotic drops or ointment for the eyes and a vitamin K shot.
  • Make sure that your baby has a newborn screening blood test.
  • Recommend an immunization for your baby: Hepatitis B.
  • Give you an opportunity to ask questions.

Things you may want to discuss at this visit:

How you are feeling since the delivery. ___________________________________________________________________ Your arrangements at home for the new baby. ___________________________________________________________________ Questions or concerns about breast-feeding or bottle-feeding your baby. ___________________________________________________________________ Sleep position and sleep habits. ___________________________________________________________________ Hearing tests for newborns. ___________________________________________________________________ How to deal with being tired or feeling sad. ___________________________________________________________________ Any other concerns you have.

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Things to keep in mind:

  • Always use a car seat , backward-facing in the back seat until your baby is at least 12 months old and weighs 20 pounds.
  • Always use your own seat belt.
  • Place your baby on his back to sleep.
  • Make sure your baby’s crib is safe.
  • Never leave your baby alone on changing tables, beds, sofas, chairs or other raised surfaces.
  • Set thermostat on hot water heater to 120 degrees F or below.
  • Install smoke detectors on every floor in your home and test them monthly.
  • You cannot spoil a newborn. Try to comfort your baby when he cries, by holding, rocking or cuddling him.
  • Rest whenever your baby is sleeping.
  • Realize that you may feel tired, overwhelmed or depressed.
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Schedule an appointment for your baby’s next visit, usually within one to two weeks after birth.



Based on health-supervision guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from Bright Futures, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

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