Bringing Kids to the Doctors Office
Tips for Bringing Kids to the Doctors Office
- A few days ago, I began discussing with them proper behavior when at the doctor’s office. They needed to sit nicely and quietly in the waiting room, and when we’re called in, they need to sit quietly in their seats while I spoke with the doctor about the baby.
- The night before, I stocked the diaper bag with everything I would need for the baby, plus a few extras for the kids (my iPod, a book, emergency Pull-Up). That way, in the morning, I could just add a bottle for the baby, grab the bag and go.
- In the morning, I began preparing for the appointment two hours before I had to be there. That meant getting dressed, bathing the kids, preparing the baby’s bottle, feeding the baby, etc.
- As we were all getting ready, I kept reminding the kids of what I expected of them at the doctor’s office, plus I added in a bonus reward to sweeten the deal: a Happy Meal for each if they did as I asked. We don’t get fast food that often, so it was a good choice for them.
- Before we walked into the waiting room, I once again reminded the kids of what I expected, to the point that my oldest said, “Enough Mom! We get it!”. Mind you, he’s only four…
We checked into the office this morning, and the experience was fantastic. The kids sat quietly in their seats, ‘reading’ magazines as we waited an awfully long time to be called. Once with the doctor, they sat pretty still in their seats, until the doctor mentioned a needle for the baby, of course. I only had to remind them twice to sit in their seats, but at that point, they were there with me for over an hour and they were getting antsy.