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First Weeks

Well Baby Check-ups

Your baby’s health care provider (pediatrician) will give you instructions about when to bring baby in for his or her first check-up. This may be sometime between a few days after discharge home from the hospital to a few weeks. During their check-ups, babies are weighed and measured to assess their growth.

Depending on your pediatrician’s recommendation, your baby may also receive the 2nd (of 3) Hepatitis B vaccine.  For a complete listing of recommended immunizations for children from birth through 6 years old, visit

Since you will be taking your baby to well-baby check-ups and other appointments soon after birth, you may want to have your car seat inspected by a certified technician. To find out where you can have your child safety seat inspected, visit You can find car seat check-up events and lots of other valuable information at

Feeding your baby

  • Breastfeeding can be challenging, especially in the early days. Remember you are not alone, and we are here to help!  Contact our Lactation Educator at 704-878-4555 or The Birth Place (704-878-4660) to help you find ways to make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.  Here’s a link to some common breastfeeding challenges, and things you can do:
  • If your baby is formula feeding, after the first few days, he or she will take 2 to 3 ounces per feeding, and eat every 3 to 4 hours during the first few weeks. By the end of the first month, your baby may be up to 4 ounces per feeding. Your pediatrician will advise you about how much and how often to feed your baby.

What does baby do, and what can you do for baby?

  • Baby can turn his or head from side to side; hear sounds and see objects that are within 12 inches away; hold small objects in a tight fight (grasp reflex); and sleep for about 2 to 3 hours at a time. Baby cries to communicate hunger, discomfort, pain, and other needs. 
  • Baby can see pictures and things with bright colors and bold patterns.

Mom (and other caregivers) can feed baby when hungry.

  • Hold baby close and speak in a soothing voice
  • Support baby’s head when holding baby.
  • Sing, talk, and read to baby.
  • Baby needs your gentle touch and eye contact.