Ready for Baby
a parent is one of life's biggest joys and responsibilities. Do
all you can do to prepare. Get tips on choosing a doctor for your
baby, buying a car seat and safe-proofing your home
Health Care for Baby
One of the most important things you need to do before giving birth
is decide on a doctor for your baby. Don't wait until after you
baby is born to choose a pediatrician! Babies need frequent check-ups,
shots and sometimes get sick. So you'll want to find a doctor you
like and trust.
tips on choosing a pediatrician include:
your health insurance company for a list of doctors covered under
Find out where they trained and how long they've been in practice.
Some insurance companies and hospitals have this information. Details
on some doctors can be found on the DoctorFinder
on the website of the American Medical Association.
Request an interview with the pediatricians you like best.
Find out about their office hours and how they handle concerns and
emergencies after office hours.
Talk with other parents for referrals.
To get regular check-ups and important vaccines, your baby will
need health insurance. If you're worried about paying for health
are programs for women and children in need.
on health care and insurance before your child's birth saves time
and gives you peace of mind. If you deliver at a hospital where
your pediatrician normally sees patients, she will see the baby
right after the delivery. If not, make sure a pediatrician on staff
at the hospital sees your baby right after the birth. Then you can
call your own pediatrician to schedule a visit a few days after
birth. Remember to get your baby's medical records before leaving
the hospital. Your pediatrician will need them.
Your Home Safe
Your baby is on the way, and there is a lot to think about. Besides
making sure that you have baby furniture and clothing for your new
son or daughter, you'll want to check that your home is safe. Make
sure there are no loose ends, sharp edges or small harmful parts
that will be near your baby. Also make sure you have fire alarms
or carbon monoxide detectors in your home so you can protect your
baby in the event of an emergency.
There's a lot to do to prepare for a new baby. Most parents want
to purchase at least a few items before the baby is born. But shopping
can be overwhelming. There are countless baby items and every gadget
comes in different shapes, sizes and brands. Ask other mothers and
check online resources and your bookstore for advice.
of the most important items to buy for baby is a proper car seat.
Most hospitals will not discharge the baby unless the car seat is
checked for safety and correct installation. Check out the car seat
guide from the American Academy of Pediatrics for tips
on choosing and installing a car seat that is safe for your
parents also buy a crib and crib mattress before the baby's arrival.
Most brand new cribs and mattresses purchased in the United States
are safe. But often used cribs and mattress can put your baby's
life in danger. Make sure it conforms to the current government
safety standards. Get information on buying
a safe crib and mattress at the U.S. Consumer Product Information
Safety Commission website. Or call them at 1-800-638-2772.
don't forget about all the items you'll need on a daily basis like
diapers, wash cloths, and burp cloths. If you're having a baby shower
your friends and family may ask you what items to buy for presents.
Ask other new parents for recommendations on brands and which things
National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) has
created a list of items a newborn baby will need to help you shop.
We've also included links to web pages with safety information about
products that may pose a risk to your baby if safety guidelines
are not followed. If you have questions about the safety of products,
ask your baby's doctor. When you're feeling stressed about preparing
for baby remember this: your baby only needs food, shelter and you.
So don't be overwhelmed by the numerous baby products available.