Taking toddler to prenatal appt?

posted 5 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
1682 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

This is going to make me sound like a terrible parent, but if I were you, I would bring a stroller and strap her in during your exam.  I’d give her a snack (if allowed) and a tablet or phone to watch a cartoon or something.  Or some other activity if she can do it by herself.  

I once had a mixup at the obgyn when my mom and I scheduled our appointments one after the other.  My daughter was 6 months old.  My mom was supposed to watch my daughter during my appt, but hers wasn’t done yet.  The doctor started my vaginal exam with me holding my daughter on my chest.  Not ideal, but it would have been fine.  Luckily, my mom showed up to get her like a minute later. I don’t think you need to worry.

Post # 3
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

hollyberry4 :  I try to avoid bringing my 3 year old for my own sanity lol but I did have to bring her to my 24 week ultrasound. She chilled on the couch with her tablet and headphones and was fine. 16 months is way different. Strap them into a stroller with a tablet or something. Make sure you have juice and snacks. In the big scheme of things it won’t be too bad. Just make sure they can’t run around like crazy and they have something entertaining.

Post # 4
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

pearlrose :  Haha terrible parents unite! 

Post # 5
7142 posts
Busy Beekeeper

hollyberry4 :  ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I’d strap her to a stroller, shove an iPad with Daniel Tiger in her face, and make sure she is full of cheerios. We limit screen time so it is very effective at distracting her when I really need it! 

Post # 6
47145 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Speaking as a health care provider, I suggest you do everything you can to find her a caregiver.What would you do if you had to work tomorrow?

Post # 8
858 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I got stuck like this once, we don’t allow any screen time, and I wouldn’t introduce it now if I were you…could be worse if she has never played with it…Just talk to her the whole time, distract her with a good old fashioned book and point out all the funny machines, lights etc…worked a charm with me! Best of luck supermum!! 

Post # 9
2684 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m with the others that say strap her in the stroller and give her some toys. I have 0 issues with screen time (interestingly there has been a study that showed that kids who used technology had better fine motor skill development than those that didn’t) so I would totally have a cartoon on.

FWIW I took my son to a smear once because I had to. He was in this buggy and fine the whole time. 

ETA: sometimes these can be good learning opportunities for them. My dentist has said we should take our 2 year old to all our dental appointments so that he can see they are nothing to fear and he becomes used to the environment. 

Post # 10
732 posts
Busy bee

I’m team strap her into a stroller! 

Post # 11
365 posts
Helper bee

Midwife here.

When everything is fine, toddlers can be a bit loud or distracting, but it’s ok.

It gets tricky when the mom is anxious, or when you need to tell mom that there might be something wrong. There is NO reason to think your baby isn’t thriving, but if you are worried, I’d really really try to find a different childcare option. You’ll want to give the US tech your full attention. If you can’t find a sitter for your toddler, then it’ll have to do, just make sure she’s busy during our appt 🙂

Post # 12
4423 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Whenever id go to my OB for prenatal checks there would be toddlers in the waiting room waiting with mum for her appointment. I would think its normal, it happens, that’s life. Don’t worry about it. 

Post # 13
1439 posts
Bumble bee

Every time I go to my OB there are pregnant moms with toddlers in strollers with them, so unless they have an explicit policy otherwise, it should be fine.

Post # 14
677 posts
Busy bee

I’ve done this a couple of times out of necessity. Many others do, so I didn’t think this was too bad 

The first time my daughter (who had just turned 3) kept asking where the doctor was, because she expected the doctor to be male. My female doctor was amused. And yes, we fixed that, sigh. 🙂

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