This is the time when the doctor can give some insight as to what to expect before the next visit. Issues concerning feeding, injury prevention, sleep position, and sleep patterns are some of the topics that the doctor may discuss.
- Don’t ever leave your baby unattended.
- Heating expressed breastmilk or formula in the microwave may cause burns.
- Make sure all crib toys are intact and have no small parts that could choke a baby.
- Before carrying hot objects, such as coffee, put your baby down.
It is also a good time to ask about what concerns you have about your baby’s care. The next routine checkup is usually at four months of age. Things your baby may be able to do between now and then include:
- Roll over, usually from stomach to back
- Babble and amuse herself with new noises
- Explore objects with his mouth
- Communicate pain, fear, loneliness and discomfort through crying
Below is a list of the vaccines commonly given at this visit. The actual schedule your doctor follows may differ slightly, so you are encouraged to check out the Recommended Schedule of Immunizations: Birth to four months
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
- HiB (Haemophilus influenza type B)
- IPV or OPV (polio)
- Hep B (Hepatitis B)
Good luck, have fun, and don’t forget to schedule the four-month visit.