- Ask for an update on your baby's health.
- Examine your baby.
- Recommend one or more immunizations for your baby: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough), Hib, polio, pneumococcus, Hepatitis B.
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Things you may want to discuss at this visit:
Your baby's growth and nutrition.
Your baby's behavior and development.
Your baby's sleeping habits.
Your plans for returning to work or school, and child-care arrangements.
Any other concerns you have.
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.
- Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle or prop it in his mouth.
- Establish a bedtime routine and put your baby to bed while she is still awake.
- Consider starting solid foods like cereal, then strained fruits and vegetables.
- Introduce only one new food at a time and wait a few days between new foods.
- Talk and sing with your baby.
Schedule an appointment for your baby's next visit, usually at 6 months of age.
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.
Last updated December 2, 2011