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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Pediatrician

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A lot of parents start looking for their child’s pediatrician before even giving birth. A child’s first doctor can be crucial to their developmental and physical health, so an interviewing process is completely acceptable. If this is your second child, you may opt for the pediatrician that your first child had. However, if this is your first process, you may want to interview a few potential doctors before choosing the right one.

Around your third trimester it is a good idea to start researching different pediatricians to explore which is most suitable to you. A few places to start include asking your Ob, friends and family for pediatricians they like. Oftentimes Ob’s have lists of pediatricians they provide their patients with. You could also check out the American Academy of Pediatrics Website for pediatricians in your area. Pediatricians on the AAP website are board certified fellows of the AAP. You can also look up the pediatrician in the California Medical board website to ensure he or she is licensed to practice in the state and if there are any claims made against the physician.

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Sibling Jealousy When a New Baby Is Born

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Your first child is such a joy, and they get used to being the only child. However, when you’re expecting your second, or when the baby will no longer be the baby, there’s a chance they won’t be as excited as you are. Going from an only child or the baby to a big brother or sister is taken differently depending on the child. Many parents are concerned with how their older child will take to the new addition of the family. Here are a few tips to a smooth transition:

  • Start early: Your child will obviously notice that mommy’s tummy is growing and may be curious to know why. Let them know that soon, they will have a little brother or sister. They may not know what this means right away, but include them as much as possible. Instilling some responsibility before the baby arrives can go a long way.
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