When your baby is just born, you'll probably want to do nothing but stare into their eyes, snuggle, and marvel at this perfect little creature you've just delivered. It can be hard to let go of your new bundle of joy for even a moment, but your doctors and nurses are going to want to get their hands on that baby. There are a slew of tests and vaccines your baby will be offered in the first 48 hours of life, and they can create a hubbub of activity.
Hospital staff will probably be popping into your room, and your brain will most likely be in a fog from the moment you enter the hospital. (That tends to happen when you go through an intense life changing ordeal like labor.) And of course, you’ll be even more distracted by your little cutie. That’s why it’s a good idea to read up beforehand on what exams will be done to your baby and what shots they might be given. You can opt out of them, but there will be risks involved that you should speak your doctor about. Here are the most common tests and vaccines you’ll be offered, and what you need to know about them.