How to Find a Pediatrician You (And Your Kids) Love

Having a baby can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. However, it can also be one of the most stressful. There is so much to think about when expecting a new child, from creating a space for the baby in your home, to choosing the right name, to making sure he or she has the proper clothing and food. And deciding who its doctor will be.

baby pediatrician 207x300 How to Find a Pediatrician You (And Your Kids) Love PhotoBabies are extremely fragile in the first few years of their life. With still-developing immune systems and small, delicate bodies, babies are at risk for many health problems, and they also require lots of immunizations and checkups to make sure they stay health.

After your baby is born, it’s likely that you might be spending a lot of time at your doctor’s office, so you’ll want to pick a pediatrician, who you trust and feel comfortable with. If you’re expecting a child and looking for the right doctor to care for him or her, here a few tips to help you find just the right one.

– Location

This seems simple, but you’re gong to be doing a lot of traveling back and forth to your pediatrician’s office, particularly during the first few months. If you can, you’ll want to choose somewhere that’s easy to get to and has enough parking. Having a long drive and then finding it impossible to park when can be a headache, especially when you’re dealing with car seats and strollers.

– Reputation

One of the best ways to find a good pediatrician is to ask friends and family members who are like-minded and have a similar philosophy when it comes to raising kids and health care. If they recommend a pediatrician, there’s a good chance you will like him or her, too. Also, you can do some online research to see if a doctor has been reviewed and take into account what other people say about the doctor.

– Philosophy

Once you’ve gotten a recommendation for a pediatrician, make sure that his or her child-raising philosophy aligns with yours. There’s no one right way to raise a baby, but it can create an uncomfortable situation if your child’s doctor does not agree with the way you want to feed or educate your child. The best way to get to know a doctor’s philosophy is to schedule a pre-natal visit with him or her before your child’s been born. Ask him questions about his values and opinions, and make sure that they align with yours before you entrust him with your child’s care.

– Availability

Your baby is most likely going to need medical care often when he or is she is little, and sometimes it’s going to be at the most inconvenient of times. When looking for a pediatrician, you want a doctor who is available to take the time to listen to you and not rush through appointments or meetings. You’ll also want to be able to get your child in for an appointment should he or she need one last minute. The way the doctor handles a request for a pre-natal visit is a good indicator of his or her availability; if he won’t take 15 minutes out of his day to talk to expecting parents, there’s a good chance he won’t take time out of his day for lots of other things.

Finding a great pediatrician for your little one is important – but it doesn’t have to be hard. With a little research and effort, you and your baby will definitely end up in just the right hands.