The First 6 Months: Why So Many Visits?

Some new parents may question why they need to take their baby in to see the pediatrician several times in the child's first year. Not counting sick visits, most pediatricians want parents to bring in their children around 6 times in their first 6 months of life: birth, 4-5 days after birth, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, and 6 months. As someone who previously went to the doctor maybe once a year before having a child, you may wonder why this is necessary.