Bringing baby home
Your baby will be here soon – are you ready?
Before your baby is born, decide if you'll breastfeed or feed your baby formula. Breastfeeding is feeding your baby with milk from your breasts. Formula is a special liquid food that you feed your baby from a bottle.
Once he’s born, your baby gets a full checkup at the hospital to make sure he’s healthy. He gets eye drops, a shot of vitamin K for his blood and a vaccine to protect him from hepatitis. He gets an Apgar score that checks his breathing, heart rate, muscles, reflexes and skin color.
Your baby also gets newborn screening tests. These tests check for birth defects and other harmful conditions. His provider takes some blood from the baby’s heel and sends it to a lab for testing. All states require newborn screening tests. Ask your provider which tests are required in your state.
In the delivery room
- Your baby gets a full checkup.
- Your baby gets a test called an Apgar.
- Your baby gets eye drops.
- Your baby gets some shots.
- You can breastfeed your baby.