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BABY CHECKUPS COUNTTM !
WATCH TO FIND OUT WHY.

Learn why you should count on each of your baby’s checkups to help give your baby a healthy start

Your baby’s first checkup happens in the hospital shortly after birth.
Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
recommends you take your baby to the doctor for
10 checkups during their first 2 years.

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The Baby Checkups Guide

The Baby Checkups Guide is a guide that is designed to help you learn about each checkup, from birth to age 2.

Download your guide here:

The Baby Checkups Guide

AT EACH CHECKUP

The doctor or healthcare professional may:

  • Perform a physical exam
  • Check your baby’s growth
  • Assess your baby’s developmental milestones, the behaviors and expected skills at each age
  • Administer CDC*-recommended vaccinations
  • Provide tips and information on how to help keep your baby healthy

*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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DID YOU KNOW?

Babies who miss more than half of their checkups may have up to 2x the risk of being hospitalized than babies who attended most scheduled visits.

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KEEP YOUR
BABY ON
TRACK WITH
VACCINATIONS

Vaccination Calendar

PERSONALIZED VACCINATION CALENDAR

Create your own schedule of CDC-recommended vaccinations, personalized for your baby. To download yours, visit:

VaccineCalendar.com

PHYSICAL EXAMS

At each checkup, the doctor should give your baby a complete body exam and alert you to any problems they might detect.

These physical exams may include checking your baby’s:

  • Weight, length, and head circumference
  • Heartbeat and breathing
  • Hips, legs, arms, back, and spine
  • Eyes
  • Ears and nose
  • Mouth and throat
  • Neck and underarm lymph glands
  • Fontanels (the soft spots on the head)
  • Genitals for hernias or undescended testicles (and the doctor may also check the femoral pulse in the groin for a strong, steady beat)
  • Skin for birthmarks and rashes
  • Stomach to ensure the internal organs feel healthy

The doctor should also perform additional age-specific physical assessments to check to see if your baby is meeting the developmental milestones for their age group.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Get a detailed explanation of each checkup.

The WHAT TO EXPECT: Guide to Well-Baby Visits and Immunizations offers a thorough description to help you prepare for your baby’s checkups. You can download a copy here:

WHAT TO EXPECT: Guide to
Well-Baby Visits and Immunizations

Find more information about the AAP schedule.

Look for it here:

AAP.org

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BABY’S FIRST CRAWL!

DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

At each checkup, the doctor may evaluate your baby’s developmental milestones, the behaviors and physical skills. The doctor tracks these expected behaviors and skills appropriate for your baby’s age to check to see if there are any delays or may suggest areas for concern. If there are, the doctor should suggest early intervention strategies.

When evaluating a developmental milestone, the doctor:

  • Observes child’s behaviors
  • Asks you about your baby’s age-related accomplishments (like sitting up and rolling over)
  • Asks about how you and your baby are doing, and about their feeding, sleeping, and development

Each baby is different and may achieve milestones at a different pace.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

Find more information on how to help give your baby a healthy start.
Learn more about your baby’s milestones during their first two years, and get tips on feeding, sleeping, and other healthy habits

HealthyChildren.org

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VACCINATIONS

The CDC-recommended dosing schedule below helps protect children against 14 childhood diseases by the age of 2. The doctor or healthcare professional should administer CDC-recommended vaccinations. These vaccinations are typically given at the end of your baby’s checkup. To get your own copy of the schedule, visit CDC.gov, your online source for credible health information and the official website of the CDC, or download it here:

CDC-recommended Vaccination Schedule

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HELPFUL INFORMATION

Learn why childhood vaccines matter.

Download this PDF for details:

At-a-glance Guide to Childhood Vaccines

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM EACH CHECKUP

  • A physical exam
  • A developmental assessment of your baby’s behavior and physical skills, or milestones
  • The administration of CDC-recommended vaccinations based on the schedule
  • The opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns about your baby’s health with their doctor
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WHY YOU CAN COUNT ON EACH CHECKUP FROM BIRTH TO AGE 2

FIRST CHECKUP AT BIRTH

You may not realize it, but in those first exciting and busy moments in the hospital after your baby is born, he or she receives their first checkup, which includes a physical exam and vaccinations, as well as some additional items listed below. This is not a complete list, and some details may depend on your baby's development.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • A hearing test
  • A blood test to help identify rare but sometimes serious conditions babies are sometimes born with (including ones that can be easily treated if they are diagnosed early)
  • A screen for jaundice
  • A screening for congenital heart disease (heart disease that a baby is born with)
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • How you and your family are adjusting
  • How/what to feed your baby
  • Sleep habits
  • Signs of illness
  • Safety at home and in the car

At the next checkup:

  • Any concerns that you have about your baby
  • How you and your family are adjusting
  • Feeding your baby
  • Home, crib, and car safety

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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2TO5

DAY
CHECKUP

Now that you’ve been home with your baby for a few days, you probably have questions. Your baby’s checkups are the perfect time to discuss topics like sleep and eating habits or any health concerns you may have for you or your baby.

At your baby's second checkup, here's some of what you might expect, depending on your baby's development.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Check to see how the umbilical stump is healing
  • Check for newborn jaundice
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Startles with sound
  • Focuses on objects within 8 to 15 inches
  • Lifts head briefly when on tummy
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • How you and your family are adjusting
  • How/what to feed your baby
  • Sleep habits
  • Signs of illness
  • Safety at home and in the car

At the next checkup:

  • Any concerns that you have about your baby
  • How you and your family are adjusting
  • Feeding your baby
  • Home, crib, and car safety

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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1

MONTH CHECKUP

Getting on the right schedule for your baby is a learning process, because every baby is different. If you’re a first-time mom, you might just be getting the hang of things, and you may have questions about your baby’s health. Your baby’s 1-month checkup is your chance to share what’s been on your mind.

This is not a complete list and some details may vary, depending on your baby’s development.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Test baby’s newborn reflexes
  • Check the umbilical site
  • Check baby’s tongue movements to make certain they’re not restricted by a lip or tongue tie
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Briefly lifts the head during tummy time
  • Brings hands to face
  • Focuses on your face
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • How you and your family are adjusting
  • How/what to feed your baby
  • Where your baby should sleep
  • What your baby should sleep with
  • Signs of illness
  • Safety at home or in the car

At the next checkup:

  • Feeding your baby
  • Getting back to work or school
  • Good sleep habits
  • Home, crib, and car safety

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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2

MONTH CHECKUP

Taking care of your new baby can be exhausting and often quite challenging. But each smile makes it worth it. Wondering what you can expect at your baby’s 2-month checkup? Here’s a quick look at what you might expect, depending on your baby’s development and the doctor’s discretion.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

Not applicable

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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Smiles in response to a smile
  • Vocalizes in ways besides crying
  • Turns head toward a sound
  • Notices their hands
  • Lifts head during tummy time
  • Kicks energetically when lying on back
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Taking care of yourself
  • Interacting with your baby
  • Where your baby should sleep
  • What your baby should sleep with
  • Signs of illness
  • Tummy time

At the next checkup:

  • Changes in feeding habits
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Home, crib, and car safety

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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4

MONTH CHECKUP

Now that your baby is a few months older, you may be settling into a routine for feeding, sleeping, and playing. You and your baby may be celebrating moments and milestones like rolling over, reaching, grabbing, and giggles. These milestones matter and may vary, depending on your baby’s development. So it's important to check in with their doctor to track your baby's development.

Here’s what you might expect at your baby’s 4-month checkup.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Standard physical assessment
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Raises their head while on their tummy
  • Rolls from tummy to back
  • Holds head up when in your arms or even when held upright
  • Pays attention to small objects and tries to reach for everything they see
  • Mixes up those breathy coos with some consonants and other sounds
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Taking time for yourself and your partner
  • Feeding habits
  • Keeping baby safe
  • Sleeping
  • How to encourage active play and development

At the next checkup:

  • Feeding habits
  • Home, crib, and car safety
  • Cleaning baby’s teeth
  • Teaching your baby

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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6

MONTH CHECKUP

Now that your baby is 6 months old, there will be a lot to check on and check in with your baby’s doctor about. What’s in store for this essential checkup? See below for more details. Keep in mind, this is not a complete list and some details may depend on your child’s development.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Looks at gums for signs of teeth
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Plays with toes
  • Brings things to their mouth
  • Passes objects from one hand to another
  • Rolls over in both directions
  • Sits assisted with good head control
  • Laughs
  • Interacts with the baby in the mirror
  • Babbles
  • Holds a bottle during feedings
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Signs that your baby is ready for solid foods
  • Introducing solid foods
  • Teething
  • Sleeping habits and safety
  • Home and other safety
    • Gates on stairs
    • Don’t leave baby alone in tub
    • Continue to use rear-facing car seat
    • Lock up poisons

At the next checkup:

  • Good sleeping habits
  • Establishing a routine
  • Disciplining and teaching your baby

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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9

MONTH CHECKUP

By 9 months, your baby might be picking up a new skill each day. At the 9-month checkup, there are no vaccinations, unless your baby needs to catch up on a previously missed dose. But you can still count on the doctor tracking your baby’s growth and development, including some of the ones listed below (not a comprehensive list).

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Routine finger stick to test for anemia, sometimes referred to as low blood (this may be done later in the year instead)
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Gets into a sitting position, sits unassisted
  • Pulls up to stand or stands holding onto someone/something
  • Works to get a toy that’s out of reach, and objects if you take a toy away
  • Responds to their name
  • Laughs, squeals with delight
  • Copies sounds and gestures
  • Points and uses other gestures to communicate
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Patience with your baby
  • Teaching your baby what to do and what not to do
  • Use “no” only when they could get hurt or hurt others
  • Bedtime routine
  • Checking on your baby if they awaken at night
  • Keeping your baby in a high chair while in kitchen
  • Home safety

At the next checkup:

  • Bedtime routine
  • Cleaning your baby’s teeth
  • Discipline and teaching
  • Feeding
  • Home, crib, and car safety

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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12

MONTH CHECKUP

The 12-month checkup is a big milestone appointment. At this checkup you might expect the doctor to assess your baby’s growth and development as they transition into toddlerhood. Your baby may be taking their first steps or even starting to say a word or two.

This is not a complete list and may vary depending on your baby’s individual development.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Quick finger-stick test for lead levels and iron stores in your baby’s blood
  • Check number of teeth and look for signs of decay
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Pulls self up to stand and cruise
  • Uses a few gestures to get needs met
  • Uses fingers to feed themselves
  • Responds to their name, or to words like “no” or “bye-bye”
  • Says a word or two or even several with meaning
  • Tries to imitate words you say
  • Plays games like peekaboo or patty-cake
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Praising your child for good behavior
  • Screen time
  • Including baby in family mealtimes
  • Continuing a calm bedtime routine that includes reading
  • Home and other safety
    • Rear-facing car seat
    • Keep poisons, medications, small objects out of reach
    • Gates at top and bottom of stairs
  • Teeth cleaning

At the next checkup:

  • Good sleep habits and crib safety
  • Speech development
  • Temper tantrums and behavior
  • Home and car safety

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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15

MONTH CHECKUP

Your toddler may be achieving a number of impressive milestones. This checkup is a great opportunity to ask the doctor all of your toddler-related questions, including how to deal with tantrums and discipline.

Here’s what you might expect at your baby’s 15-month checkup. This is not a complete list, and some details may depend on your child’s development.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Dental check
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Understands simple commands
  • Shakes their head “no”
  • Uses a sippy cup
  • Enjoys looking at books
  • Points to get what they want and to show you something interesting
  • Picks up and moves toys intentionally
  • Says 2 to 3 words
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Teaching your child words by reading and naming objects
  • Bedtime routine and timing
  • Distracting your child when tantrums occur
  • Patience with messy mealtimes
  • Setting rules and limits to teach your child

At the next checkup:

  • Toilet training
  • Setting limits and using “time-out”
  • Reading with your child

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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18

MONTH CHECKUP

Now that your little one is 18 months old, they may be busy putting new skills to use, like taking on the stairs or talking up a storm. The word “no” may also have found a familiar place in your home. There’s lots to cover at this month’s checkup. See below for more details, which may vary depending on your baby’s development. (Not a complete list).

The information below is not a complete list and you should speak with your baby’s doctor for additional information.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Standard physical assessment
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Says as many as 10 to 20 words
  • Scribbles on their own
  • Understands simple commands
  • Walks upstairs while holding your hand
  • Runs
  • Helps undress themselves
  • Eats with a spoon
  • Points to at least one body part
  • Starts to pretend play
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Setting rules and limits
    • Teaching your child not to hit and bite
  • Describing things using simple words
  • Continuing to use a car seat in the back seat
  • Watching your child closely on the stairs; continuing to use gates
  • Toilet-training readiness signs

At the next checkup:

  • Toilet training
  • Discipline and teaching
  • Speech development

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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24

MONTH CHECKUP

Your 2-year-old may be showing signs that they’re ready for the potty. Is it time to ditch the diapers? You can ask the doctor at this checkup. Here’s some of what you can expect from their 24-month checkup, depending on your baby’s development.

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AGE-SPECIFIC ASSESSMENTS

  • Dental exam to see If it’s time to visit a dentist
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DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

  • Says more than 50 words
  • Puts two to four words together in a sentence
  • Repeats words
  • Follows two-step commands
  • Copies adults and older kids
  • Sings
  • Jumps with both feet, kicks or throws a ball
  • Names or identifies many body parts
  • Names familiar people
  • Scribbles lines and “circles” with crayons
  • Stacks four or more blocks
  • Plays pretend
  • Plays alongside other kids
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TOPICS TO DISCUSS

At this checkup:

  • Setting rules and limits; using time outs
  • Toilet-training readiness signs and progress
  • Reading and playing over watching TV
  • Limiting TV to 1-2 hours a day
  • Sharing and getting along with others
  • Getting ready for preschool
  • Home and car safety

Learn about the CDC-recommended vaccinations for this checkup here:

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