Anticipatory Guidance Discharge to 5 Days Checkup


  • Maintain consistent family routine
  • Parents return to work/school
  • Postpartum checkup
  • Postpartum depression/family stress
  • Accept help
  • Never hit or shake baby

Development and Behavior

  • Calm by stroking head or gentle rocking
  • Talk to infant using simple words telling/reading stories


  • No bottle in bed
  • 6-8 wet diapers a day
  • Adequate weight gain
  • Hold to bottle feed, no bottle propping
  • How to prepare formula
  • Store breast milk in freezer
  • Store prepared formula (for daily use only) in refrigerator
  • Stooling-color, frequency

Routine Care

  • Clean mouth with soft cloth twice a day
  • Skin, circumcision, umbilical care
  • Thermometer use; rectal temperatures
  • Wash hands; avoid crowds


  • Have baby sleep in same room, in own crib
  • No bed sharing
  • Sleep in crib on back with no loose covers or soft bedding
  • Crib safety with slats ≤2-3/8”
  • Do not leave alone in bath water
  • Home safety for fire/carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Keep hand on infant when on bed or changing on table/couch
  • No shaking baby (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
  • No smoking in home or vehicle
  • Provide safe/quality day care
  • Report domestic violence
  • Use rear-facing car seat in back seat of car until child is at least 2 years old, or reaches the height and weight limit set by the car seat maker
  • Water heater at <120º
  • Avoid hot liquids when holding baby


Last updated July 23, 2015