Well Baby Check-up Schedule

In preparation for my daughter’s birth I looked up information on the standard well baby check-up schedule. The timing of pediatric visits is especially important for our baby because our family is highly likely to move next year once my wife graduates from dental school. Organizing our pediatrician’s visits based on the well baby check-up schedule will ensure that our baby doesn’t miss any vaccinations or recommended doctors appointments.

Most sources follow a standard well baby check-up schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

The AAP runs a website called HealthChildren.org which details the schedule of well-child care visits. The AAP recommendation is:

Parents should have their children visit a pediatrician during these intervals

  • 3 to 5 days
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • And once every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and other primary sources including the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health suggest questions to ask your child’s primary care physician.

The suggested topics for discussion with the pediatrician essentially involve anything and everything that you want to ask about your baby’s health. For our family, my wife and I have an online calendar we use to keep track of each other’s schedules. We plan to simply add all baby-related questions into the description field of the calendar for each well baby check-up visit. Our system ensures that both of us can add additional questions at any time and also ensures that the parent who takes our daughter to the pediatrician will remember to ask every question on our combined lists.

[update] Our baby has now finished some of her well baby doctor’s appointments:
One month visit to the pediatrician
Two month visit to the pediatrician

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