Newborns: Male and Female

What to expect during your first visit to the doctor

A well-baby exam:

The first visit to your baby’s doctor should be within three to five days of birth. The doctor should give you advice about your baby’s health, development and behavior, and talk to you about injury and violence prevention, sleep positions, feeding and diet, daily care and physical activity. During the exam, your child may receive immunizations (also known as vaccinations, vaccines or shots) and screenings, depending on his or her health and your doctor’s judgment. If your child has a disability or developmental delay, your doctor may refer your child to an early intervention program (EIP) for testing. Select a link below for more baby care topics:


Learn about the vaccinations (shots) your baby needs:


  • Critical congenital heart defect screening: All newborns should be screened for heart problems.
  • Hearing screening: For newborns and at well visits.
  • Vision screening: At every well visit. Learn more about your baby’s vision health.
  • Weight, length and head circumference measurements: At every visit.

Safety first:

It’s important to give your baby a safe place to sleep, so make sure that no pillows, soft bedding or comforters are used where they sleep. Babies should be placed on their back in a crib with a firm mattress. In the car, put your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back of the car, at least until age two. Learn more about safety: