Autumn was a small baby, and she’s still a pretty small toddler. She’s healthy and growing, which is the important thing anyway, but at first the doctors we saw were concerned with her slow growth. And so, we got to go see the doctor fairly often. At first, we were going every week.. then it became every other week, and it was such a wonderful thing to hear when our doctor said “see you in 6 months when she’s a year old.”
Since we were going to the doctor so often, we became almost experts at making the visits easier on us. Here are some of the ways that we made doctors visits easier:
- Dress the baby in a sleeper
Chances are the doc is going to want you to strip your baby down to their diaper at some point in the visit. The little outfits are so cute but they’re also a little trickier to put on and take off. It’s faster and easier to put on and take off a sleeper. Plus, then your baby will be warm and happy sooner. Then you can put the cute little outfit on when you get home and leave it on for the rest of the day … or the next diaper change 😉
- Be ready for any kind of parking situation
Depending on where the doc’s office is, you might have to pay for parking, or walk a long distance, or both. You may have to move your car after two hours or go to plug the metre. Being ready with a bunch of change and being prepared to move your vehicle if needed when you get there will take away some of the stress from the visit.
- Plan the appointments for around the same time
Though it’s hard to get a newborn baby onto a real routine, it does help if you have a vague routine.. at least for your sanity. So having your appointments at roughly the same time every time you go will mean that it’ll become part of your routine and you’ll be more ready for it than if it’s random. For example, when Autumn was a newborn, we got a lot of good sleep in the mornings together. So, when the doctor had us come in at 7:30am, it threw off our whole day and I got accused of looking terrible and not taking care of myself (our doctor was a real peach). When we switched the appointment to 11:00am instead, it meant that Autumn and I got to have our morning sleep, and our doctor said I looked MUCH better (gee thanks).
Additionally, since we were going due to weight issues, going at the same time every time meant that the weight was more accurate (in my opinion).
- Bring moral support
Not only is is good to have a second set of ears, but sometimes you need to advocate for yourself and your child, and having someone else there can help with that. There are many reasons why you might be needing additional doctors visits, and doctors don’t know everything. If something doesn’t seem right to you, it might not be. So another person there to also ask questions can be hugely helpful.
- Treat yo’self
Doctors visits can be hard, and having a sick child sucks. We would stop by Starbucks on the way home and get a little pick-me-up. Just a small way to boost your spirits after a potentially crappy visit. Alternatively, it was a nice “reward” for having an excellent visit. Either way, treat yo’self!! It helps and it’s an excellent form of self care.
What are other ways to make frequent doctors visits easier?