If you’re an expectant parent, you’re likely obsessed with “to-do” lists. There’s something about getting ready for baby that brings out the “Type A” personality in all of us, even if you’re typically not a planner. And if you’re a natural planner, well then, we’ve got another checklist for you, direct from the Pediatrician. Newborn care is a full-time job. Whether you’re a first-time parent, or you’re awaiting your second, third, fourth, or more, you’ll want to pay close attention to make sure you have the most updated recommendations for baby. Don’t worry – we’ve got your back!

5. Have Your Carseat Installed 

This recommendation often gets pushed to the end of the “to do” list, but the truth is, this is one of the most important. Here in Boca Raton, you used to be able to go to a local fire station anytime for the installation (thank you to the amazing Palm Beach County Firefighters!), but now there are scheduled days/times carved out for carseat installs. You won’t be able to leave the hospital with baby if you don’t have a properly installed carseat, so you’ll want to cross this one off the to-do list sooner rather than later. Check out our “Mommy Recommended, Pediatrician Approved” Facebook live video on Carseat Safety here! You’ll also want to take a look at this handy-dandy app from The American Academy of Pediatrics called “Car Seat Check,” available here on the App Store.

While we’re on the subject of carseats, go ahead and do a full “once over” of both parents’ cars. Remove ANY loose objects that could potentially act as a “missile” in case of stopping short or heaven forbid, an accident. Store loose items in locked compartments of your car or the trunk.

4. Take a Newborn Care Class

Whether you’re a first-time parent or you not, you’ll want to update yourself on the latest in baby care. Believe it or not, these recommendations do change, and you’ll want to make sure you have the most up-to-date information from the American Academy of Pediatrics. {Shameless Plug: Check out our very own BABY UNIVERSITY for expectant parents. This ongoing class held at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is super informative and promises lots of laughs! For upcoming dates and to register, click here!)

Many of the classes that exist focus on labor and the childbirth process. While this is very important to help prepare you and your partner for the big day, you’ll want to be sure that you’re also learning about the newborn care process from someone up-to-date on the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, preferably a Board-Certified Pediatrician.


3. Stock Your Little Library

Studies show that reading to your baby from day one help to build listening, memory, and vocabulary skills. Children who are read to at an early age know more words by age 2 than other children who are not exposed to story time. Reading is also a great way for both parents to bond with baby almost immediately. Our household favorites are The Crown on Your Head and On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman.

2. Do a Once-Over of Your Baby Care Products

You can never be too prepared with a full-stocked home of baby care products. Even if you’ve received nearly everything from your registry, make sure you’ve registered for the right items. You’ll want to have everything from this list for infant essentials.

1.  Get Your Crib Baby Ready…Less is More!

Once you have your crib, mattress, and crib sheet, you’re good to go! Make sure there is nothing else in the crib. This includes crib bumpers, stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, etc. SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and infant deaths due to suffocation have been dramatically reduced by always placing newborns on their back to sleep and removing suffocation hazards from the crib (bumpers, stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, etc.)

Wishing you and your family all the best as you prepare for your newest arrival!

-The Boca VIPediatrics Family