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Baby Care Basics: Choosing the Right Doctor

Choosing a doctor for your little one can be an overwhelming process. Use this guide to make the right decision for your family.

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To find the Pediatrician you can trust, start by asking for recommendations from friends and then follow these steps. Check their credentials. Whether you go with a Family Practice Physician or a Pediatrician make sure you choose a provider who's board certified, which means that he or she has passed certain exams and completed on going education. Consider the technical details. Factoring how far away the offices, how phone calls are handled and what the office hours are like. Also, make sure the practice accepts your insurance. Pay a visit to the office, schedule a meeting and when you get there talk to the other parents in the waiting room. Do they typically get seen on time? What do they like or dislike about the practice? Also, does the office seem clean and inviting? When you meet the doctor, ask about issues that are important to you like breast feeding, circumcision and vaccinations. And consider whether you like his or her communication style. In the end most parents go with their gut. Choose the doctor that you feel most at ease with and together you'll watch your little one grow up.