For any mom who has brought something as beautiful as a newborn into this hectic world, congratulations are in order. That's just the first step and from here on out, it's also important to take the newborn to every doctor appointment and to make sure to ask any questions and be as well-informed as possible.
We understand that you may have more questions than you know what to do with and that you sometimes worry about forgetting to ask the right things. That is why we recommend writing the questions down on a piece of paper or on the notepad in your smartphone. Writing them down could potentially help you feel less stressed since the whirlwind of questions is no longer in your head; instead, they are written down. Now, you no longer have the weight on your shoulders from worrying that you might forget to ask something important.
To help you out and get you started, we have compiled a list of 25 questions that you, as a new mom, should prepare for the pediatrician. You can print this list out and have it handy as well. You can also write or add your own questions to the list as well. It is a very good idea to be prepared now so that it is one less thing you have to get ready the day of the appointment.
25 How Many Ounces?
You always want to ask the pediatrician if your baby has lost or gained any ounces. There is a healthy number of pounds that your little one should be putting on. After your son or daughter’s first two weeks of life, they should start gaining one ounce a day for their first month. Then, they should gain about a pound or two a month until they are six weeks old.
If your baby is gaining too much, especially if he or she is bottle fed, there is the chance that your baby is overfeeding. But if they are not gaining enough, there is the chance that your little one is not getting enough milk. This is a very important question to ask.
24 How Often Should I Feed My Baby?
There is so much varying information out there that tells you how often you should feed your baby. But there are things it depends on such as age if the baby is gaining or losing too many ounces, and if you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding your little one. The only person that is going to be able to give you the most reliable answer and not an “on average” kind of estimate is your baby’s pediatrician. They know more about your child than the internet does.
23 If Breastfeeding: What Should I Do To Keep My Supply Up?
If you are a first-time mom and breastfeeding, you may have a lot of questions about your supply like what diminished your milk supply and what can help boost it. While there are hundreds of thousands of articles out there telling you what to do, it is always best to leave it up to your child's doctor or a lactation consultant. They may be able to give you the proper information without misleading you. Plus, asking the doctor can lead to more questions that you didn’t even realize you had.
22 If Formula Feeding: How Much Formula Should I Be Using?
Just like with asking how often you should feed your baby, you should consider asking the pediatrician how much formula you should be giving your child. Every baby is different and may need specific instructions depending on the baby’s age, how many ounces they are, and if they need to be fed more or less formula depending on their pounds and ounces. The internet is very helpful for somethings, but when it comes to keeping another human being alive, we recommend on always going to someone who has been trained and is very knowledgeable about what you are trying to ask them.
21 Should I Feed On Demand Or Create A Schedule?
When it comes to whether or not you should feed your newborn on demand or create a feeding schedule, that is best left up to your pediatrician to decide. Every mom has their own preference, but your baby’s pediatrician knows you and your baby so she will be able to give you the best advice. On-demand or scheduled feedings may both have their ups and downs and that is something the doctor will also be able to go over with you. Plus, if you have any other questions on this subject, you will be face-to-face with the one person who can give you answers.
20 What Should I Do If My Baby Spits Up After Feedings?
Babies spit up; most moms are already aware of this even if they just had their first child. But if it happens frequently, we recommend that you skip Googling it and ask your child's pediatrician what you can do and what may be causing it instead. For this, your baby does need to be examined. There are numerous things that could make a baby spit up from overeating all the way to reflux. It’s a good idea to ask a professional in this situation so that you will know for sure what is going on with your baby.
19 How Many Hours Should My Baby Be Sleeping?
As a new mom, you may be wondering how many hours your newborn should be sleeping per day. Every baby is unique and may need more or less than say your best friends baby. We recommend getting this information from your child's pediatrician. He may be able to give you a better estimate than randomized strangers who know nothing about your little one besides the information that you decide to share with them. If your child has certain medical conditions, he or she may need more or less sleep than the typical 16 to 17 hours.
18 How Many Naps Should My Newborn Have?
It may seem like your newborn does nothing but eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom. You may be wondering roughly how many naps your little one should be taking. A great place to find this personalized information out is from your child’s pediatrician. At different ages, your child will need a certain number of naps. There is always the chance that your baby is napping too much, or not enough. Either way, it could cause problems when you are trying to put your little one down to sleep at night.
17 What Can I Do To Prevent The Risk?
A lot of moms, regardless if they are first-time moms or not, worry about their baby possibly passing away from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). You may be wondering if there are things that you should or shouldn’t do in order to reduce the risk of this happening. While you can search online for more information, we recommend also asking your child's pediatrician as well. It would also be a good idea to take a pen and notebook to take notes because you are going to be getting a lot of important information and you may not be able to remember everything the doctor tells you.
16 What Can Or Can’t I Put In My Baby’s Crib?
This next question is a very important question that you should really ask the pediatrician as it could fit in with reducing the risk of SIDS. Knowing what you can and can’t put into your baby’s crib is very important and can even save your child’s life. You are going to find people who say that their child was safe with blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals in their crib while others will warn you not to do it because of their own personal experience.
15 What Should I Do If My Baby Won’t Sleep?
Asking the pediatrician what you should do if your baby won’t sleep is an excellent idea because your baby will most likely go through periods where it seems like he or she will never sleep. And you know if your baby is not sleeping, neither will you. So, it would be handy to have a list of things to try. Pediatricians are educated and trained in the health and well-being of infants, toddlers, and older children. And a great majority of them have children of their own. Every child is different so what works for one baby, may not work for yours.
14 How Many Wet Diapers Should My Baby Have A Day?
It’s important to know how many wet diapers your baby should be having. Asking the pediatrician is a great way to find out the average. Then, you should really be keeping a mental note so that you are aware if there are any changes such as your little one going number one too much or too little. If a baby is going more than average, that could mean that he or she is being overfed and going too little could mean that the baby is not getting enough milk. Both of which are not good for a little one.
13 What Color Should The Diapers Be?
Just like with asking how many wet diapers your baby should have in a day, you should also ask how many stools he or she should be having as well. Plus, you should also be asking what color is considered normal as well. Just as with adults, our number two’s can say a lot about us. It can indicate what kinds of foods we have been ingesting if there are some issues of infections going on, and our overall health, As a mom, you should be paying attention to color and how much your baby is going.
12 If Breastfeeding: What Foods Should I Avoid?
If you’re a first-time mom and breastfeeding your baby, you most likely have a lot of questions for the pediatrician. One of them should be what kind of food and beverages you should be avoiding. You already knew that during your pregnancy, everything you put into your body would find its way to your baby. The same thing applies to breastfeeding. Whatever you eat or drink can be passed on to your little one through your breastmilk. That's why it is a good idea to ask the doctor what you shouldn't have.
11 When & How Often Can I Start Bathing My Baby?
Newborn hygiene and proper care are very important for your baby. You need to know when you can start to give your little one a bath after they have arrived in this world and about how often you should be bathing your him or her. Believe it or not, you should not be bathing your child on day one, two, or even three of their arrival home. You actually need to wait. That is why this is the perfect question to ask your child’s pediatrician. They can give you detailed instructions on how to bathe your baby girl or boy as well.
10 What Should My Baby Be Able To Do As A Newborn?
Every baby develops at their own rate. You may research a baby’s developmental stages online but find a different answer each time. That is why it is important to ask your child’s pediatrician about what kinds of things your baby should be doing as a newborn or when they should reach certain milestones. If you do this kind of research online, and you find that a baby should be able to hold their head up when they are in the sitting position at four months, but your baby isn’t doing that yet. You may wonder if he or she isn’t developing properly. That is why it’s best to get this advice from a professional.
9 When Do I Start Tummy Time?
If you don’t know what tummy time is, it is when you allow your baby to lay on their tummy when they are awake and under your supervision. It will help your baby learn to lift their head and strengthen their muscles. It is essential and highly recommended. But we also recommend that you ask your child’s pediatrician when you should start giving your baby some tummy time because you don’t want t start it too soon and you don’t want to start it too late.
8 What Can I Do With My Baby To Help Her Develop?
Asking your child’s pediatrician what you can do, as the mom, to help your baby develop, learn, grow, and reach milestones is an excellent question that not all moms will think of when they are at their child’s visit. There are plenty of things that you can do to help your child, and while researching can give you a place to start, it is best to ask someone who is well trained and may actually be able to physically show you what you should or shouldn’t do.
7 How Can I Reach A Pediatrician After Hours?
Asking the pediatrician how to reach someone after hours is necessary, as well as obtaining the on-call number. It would save you time and energy if something were to happen to your baby that you may need some medical advice about. You want to know for sure because it may waste time when something actually does happen, and you are stuck calling random numbers and leaving messages that may not be returned right away. Once you get this information, write it down or put it directly into your cell phone.
6 How Should I Calm My Baby If She Won’t Stop Crying?
Babies cry, and they cry a lot. Most people know that already. Some babies cry way more than others as well. Some babies only cry when they need something, while others seem to cry over any little things. That is why it is a good idea to ask your child’s pediatrician what you can do to calm your crying baby. Sometimes there are underlying issues going on with your little one that's making him or her cry. It’s best to always consult with a professional.
5 Are Pacifiers Okay?
Some moms love giving their baby girl or boy a pacifier to calm them down and soothe them, while others are downright against it because they say that it causes nip confusion and dependence. That is why it is in the best interest of you and your baby if you ask the pediatricians recommendations. Once you hear the doctor’s opinion, you will be able to make your own decision about whether or not you want your little one to have a pacifier.
4 What Laundry Detergent Should I Use?
Some new moms do not realize that generally, babies tend to have very sensitive skin and often need special laundry detergents. We suggest that you talk to your child’s pediatrician, a medical professional who knows your baby or will get to know your baby very well and ask them what they recommend you use. Some babies are more sensitive to some products and chemicals than others are. Sometimes it is trial and error before you find what is best for your little one but getting a doctor’s recommendation will definitely be beneficial.
3 What Do I Do If An Emergency Were To Happen?
New moms can become very confused and distraught when any type of emergency arises. They are new at parenting, and every single little thing scares them. So, if you are a new mother whatever you do please, don’t panic. Just call your pediatrician, explain the situation and they will instruct you on what you should do. Many times, some of the things that we think are emergencies really turn out to be quite minor, but keeping calm is very important.
2 How Should I Care For The Umbilical Cord And Does It Look Okay?
This next question is very important because umbilical cord care is essential for caring for a baby. This is something that all new moms should be aware of. That is why we recommend asking your child’s pediatrician how to care for the cord stump as well as asking them to examine it to make sure it looks good and that there is no infection. The umbilical cord is also why we recommend asking when you should start giving your baby a bath.
1 Is My Car Seat Properly Fitted To My Baby?
On the day that you are to finally leave the hospital and take your little one home for the first time, you have to have an infant car seat to put them in. Some parents can figure it out by themselves with no problem, but some people have a little bit more trouble. If you have never used a car seat before someone at the hospital can instruct you on how to do so safely before you leave. Now, when you get to your first appointment with the pediatrician, you will also want to let them have a look at your child’s seat to double check that you did it properly.