The frequency of your visits to the doctor may depend on your insurance. I like to see babies at least twice in the first month, monthly until six months of age, and then every other month until the first birthday. After that, quarterly for the second year, semiannually for the third, and annually from then on. During these routine visits, we examine the baby, administer immunizations, perform blood tests and hearing tests, and answer questions.
These routine visits are less medical than developmental; feeding, sleeping, and socialization issues take up the lion’s share of the time. And it’s good that they do. If you take any drastically wrong steps in any of these areas, you may be seeing the effects years from now. Regular doctor visits will help you get your children back on track.