How to Dress a Baby for a Pediatrician Visit

By Prev Info - February 12, 2022

Overall, you want your baby to be happy at her checkup.

During the first years of your baby's life, you'll spend a good chunk of time at the pediatrician's office for well-child checkups. Generally you'll go at 3 to 5 days, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics'. These visits are aimed at keeping your child healthy and ensuring she's growing and developing as she should.


1 - Focus on your baby's comfort. 

The more comfortable your baby is, the happier she'll be during the visit. While those frilly, fancy dresses may look adorable, they may not be the most comfortable option for your baby.

2 - Consider the weather outside and the temperature inside the doctor's office. 

If it's warm outside and the office is generally warm, opt for a light outfit that breathes well, such as something made of cotton.

3 - Dress your baby in something that will keep her warm and cozy, if it's chilly outside.

If the doctor's office is usually cool, but it's warm inside, you can always just take along a jacket or a blanket to use when you get there.

4 - Choose an outfit that is easy to take off and put back on 

since you'll likely have to undress your baby before she gets weighed, examined and receives immunizations. Avoid outfits with a lot of snaps or pieces, since your baby might be cranky when the check-up is over. You need something that you can quickly put back on and be ready to go.


5 - Take along a blanket

in case you have a long wait between undressing your baby so the nurse can weigh her and the doctor coming in to examine her. Doctor's offices can be a chilly place to wait, making your baby uncomfortable sitting in just a diaper.

Tips & Warnings

Take along an extra change of clothes in case your baby spits up on her outfit or her diaper leaks.