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Newborns: 10 Important Things To Discuss With Your Pediatrician

When you have a newborn, you might have a lot of questions to make sure you are taking care of them the best that you can. Though you spent hours on Google looking up information on newborns, you still need to talk to your little one’s pediatrician.

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Talking to their pediatrician is going to help you get a better understanding of your baby and not just general information that you can find online. Since every baby is different, you need to make sure you are discussing important topics when you are at their appointments. So keep reading to discover ten important things you need to be discussing with your newborn’s pediatrician.

10 Feeding

It doesn’t matter if you are using baby formula or breastfeeding your baby you are going to want to discuss feeding when you are with your newborn's doctor. You are going to want to tell their doctor how you are feeding them and if you are using baby formula what type of formula you are using. Additionally, you want to make sure you ask how much you should be feeding your newborn to make sure they are getting enough milk throughout the day. Make sure to write down to talk about feeding when you are at your newborn's appointment.

9 Sleeping Patterns

Newborns are known for sleeping a lot once they are born and many parents like to keep track of how much their baby is sleeping so they can make sure they are getting enough rest. Since sleeping is a huge developmental factor for your little one you want to discuss their sleeping patterns with their doctor. You want to make sure that your little one is getting enough sleep and enough time awake so they can get more used to their surroundings and themselves. Speak up at your next appointment to ensure your little one is sleeping the proper amount.

8 Umbilical Cord

When your baby is born your doctors cut the baby’s umbilical cord. Though most of the cord is discarded there is still the part of the umbilical cord that is going to be attached to your little one’s belly button.

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A great topic to bring up to your newborn’s pediatrician is the umbilical cord. Ask about the best way for you to care for the umbilical cord while it is still attached to your baby and how long they predict it to stay on their belly button before falling off.

7 Bath Time

Newborns are a lot more sensitive than adults are since they are still getting used to the world they were born in. Something that might be more difficult than you imagined is your little one’s bath time. As a parent, you want to know the best way to bathe your newborn. Discussing how often you should bathe them, what type of soaps you should be using, and what type of lotions you should put them on them afterward. This will ease your mind and ensure you are giving your newborn the proper care they need.

6 Developmental

Though your baby is a newborn today they grow up fast. Though you might be at their first doctor's appointment you want to start thinking about them long term. It is never too soon to ask your doctor about when you can start growing their mind by reading to them and getting them toys and asking when you should get these things for them is a great way to not start later than most parents.

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Also seeing if they have suggested toys and activities that you can do to help their brain developing is important since your baby needs to grow both mentally and physically.

5 Bonding

Of course, you want to make sure that you are giving your child everything that you can. But being a parent is not just about feeding and changing diapers, you also need to be able to bond with your baby as well. Have an open discussion with their doctor about how you can best comfort them when they are crying so you can start building that connection between you two. Another quest point to bring up is baby massage to help you bond. So feel free to ask their doctor to show you the proper way for you to do it.

4 Milestones

Something that many parents cannot wait for is the milestones that their newborns are going to reach. Talk to their doctors about what milestones they should be hitting fist and when you can expect them so you can keep track of how your baby is developing.

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There may be milestones that their pediatrician talks to you about that you have not even read about online since it is not a “get the camera ride” type of milestone. Remember these milestones are not just important for you, they are important for your little one to be growing at the correct developmental rate.

3 Their Support

Not only are you going to have a lot of questions about your newborn when you are at their pediatrician's appointment, you are also going to want to talk about the support that their pediatrician can provide. You want to know if you have an important question about your baby how long will it take for them to get back to you. This can involve the best way to contact them via phone or email and how you can get in touch with them after hours. All of these things are important about your newborn well being.

2 Diapers

A topic that you might be shy or not even want to talk about is diapers and what is in them. But as a parent, you need to make sure that your newborn is eliminating themselves correctly and that there is nothing wrong with their poop and pee. Asking about how it should look like, what color should it be, and how often you should expect it. Don’t worry about bringing this topic up since doctors are used to talking about everything and nothing will shock them or gross them out.

1 Baby’s Growth

One of the most important things you can discuss with your newborn’s pediatrician is to see how your baby’s growth is going. You want to know if your child is on the correct process of growing and if they are developing you want to be able to talk to your doctor about what you can do to help ensure your baby is getting everything they need. So don’t be afraid to mention your baby’s growth at your next doctor's appointment.

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