Whether you’re a first time mom, or a mom of multiples, one thing remains true: we could all use a little advice from time to time. With this in mind, we decided it was time start a series in which we can share words of wisdom from local moms using Petunia Pickle Bottom products in their day to day lives. We recently followed first time mom, Allison, and her little man, Jude, to the doctor’s office. Read on to get Allison’s advice on motherhood, choosing a pediatrician, and staying organized along the path of parenting.
How does Jude handle doctor’s visits? Any tips for taking your baby to the doctor?
I don’t take it for granted that my baby is pretty mellow at appointments; I have friends whose little ones cry throughout the entire ordeal. Recently Jude has been too distracted by pointing at everything in the room and grabbing at the doctor’s stethoscope to worry too much about what’s happening. When he was smaller I made sure to feed him immediately after any appointment during which he got shots–both for comfort and because he tended to take long naps after those appointments.
What types of questions do you usually ask your baby’s doctor at each visit?
My neurosis is waning now that my son is getting older, so I no longer come to appointments with a notepad full of frantic questions. These days we discuss his nutrition, his sleep and his valiant attempts at climbing up onto every piece of furniture or window ledge in the house.
Where do you record the answers to these questions that your doctor answers for you?
My Beginnings baby record book! I love that it’s an easy, portable (and cute!) place for me to store my son’s entire medical history.
How often and where else do you use your Beginnings?
I bring it to every pediatrician appointment and use it to hold the notes that I take as well as all of the stats-sheets they give me at each well-baby check. I keep notes about his current schedule in there as well, so it’s a perfect, organized package to hand off to my mother-in-law when she spends her day with Jude every week.
One last question for you: do you have any advice for a mom to-be when seeking out a Pediatrician for their new baby?
The recommendations of fellow parent-friends were much more important to us than anything else when choosing our pediatrician. And now that we’ve had ten months to get to know our pediatrician, we are so glad we made this choice. She goes above and beyond to explain things thoroughly to me while never being alarmist. It is also very obvious that our pediatrician genuinely cares about the children she has as patients as well as their families. Knowing that she has five children of her own has also made me trust her on the level of a mother in addition to a well-trained doctor.
We’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have any tips for new moms when taking their little ones to the doctor? Leave a comment below with your advice.