Is it appropriate to take your toddler to your doctor’s appointment? I say absolutely! I struggled with this at the beginning of my pregnancy with so many OB appointments. My doctor wanted me to see him every three weeks, and my toddler was only in school two mornings a week. I had reserved one open day to volunteer at the elementary school and did not want to spend my other “free” day at the OB.
Talking to a friend one day, she encouraged me to book all my appointments on days when Lainey was not in school. So I did, and of course, some of the appointments were difficult. Her behavior was not always the best, and I would stress for the 45 minutes we were there. Another friend suggested that I occupy her with my iPhone. The problem is I am probably the only person on the planet without a smart phone! I decided to try bringing her the LeapPad instead, and it worked, she behaved the entire appointment.
Something just felt weird, though. My sweet girl, who is always very social, went the whole appointment without making eye contact with anyone, face down on the LeapPad. I decided to re-evaluate. I began to really encourage her to behave, follow the rules of the office and pay attention to what was happening around her and how exciting it was. Believe it or not, we never had to bring the LeapPad again.
It was the best thing I ever did. The visits became pleasant, and she really learned to behave. Most importantly she developed such a sweet relationship with everyone in the office. Ms. Sheila gave her lollipops and let her carefully choose one for her brother and sister. Ms. Sam always came to say hi while we waited to check out. Dr. B allowed her to assist him at almost every checkup. These are moments I will never forget, and I feel certain the time she spent preparing for baby brother will help them bond now that he’s here.
And now, what do you think Lainey wants to be when she grows up?