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Pediatrician Lisa Dana answers the most common questions parents ask at their first well-baby visit.
Hi, I'm Dr. Dana, and today I'm going to be talking about the most common questions I get at the first newborn visit. Your first newborn visit will happen one to three days after you're discharged from the hospital. After I've examined the baby and made sure that they're healthy and gaining weight, I'll often address these questions from Mom and Dad.
1. When can my baby go outside?
You can take your baby out for fresh air walks as soon as you're home from the hospital. Fresh air walks around the block are great for both Mom and baby.
I do recommend avoiding the 2-year-old birthday parties until your baby is older and has a stronger immune system.
2. When can we travel by air?
I recommend postponing air travel until the baby is over 2 months of age and after you've had the two-month well visit. Of course, there are emergency situations where you do have to travel earlier. In those situations, make sure you talk to your doctor before taking off.
3. When can we start tummy time?
The answer is now. Babies love tummy time if you start it in the first few days of life.
Babies who start later often don't enjoy it quite as much. I recommend tummy time after every diaper change. Short frequent sessions are much better than one long tearful session.
4. When will I sleep through the night?
I love this question. I usually tell parents that sometime within the next 15 to 20 years they will get a nice restful sleep through the night. There's always something that keeps you awake when you have a new baby at home.
You can talk to your doctor about starting a sleep routine at the two-month visit.
It really will depend on the age and the weight and the health of your baby. But many babies are ready to do a sleep routine at around 2 months of age.
5. Does my baby need a vitamin?
Exclusively breastfed infants will need a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bone development. You can buy infant vitamin D at your local drugstore or pharmacy.
It may seem overwhelming with all these questions that come in these first few days of having a newborn. A nice tip is to go ahead and write down the questions before you come to your first doctor's visit. That way you can have all your questions answered and you won't be forgetting anything.