Your search for the right pediatrician should start well before your child is even born. You should choose and meet with your child's future pediatrician shortly before your due date, which will give you a chance to discuss your child's care and ask any questions.
Start by asking your hospital staff, general practitioner or obstetrician for recommendations on reputable pediatricians. Contact your health insurance company to check your coverage. Read through the listing of pediatricians in the provider directory available from your health insurance company. Carefully research the pediatricians you are considering. Verify their qualifications, education, continuing education, accepted insurance plans and affiliated hospitals by consulting Angie's List, where you can also see member reviews and rankings.
Pediatricians must be board certified, usually through the American Academy of Pediatrics. Although many parents simply assume that most pediatricians are licensed to practice, you should double-check to make sure.
Almost nothing matters more than your own gut feelings and personal experiences with pediatricians. A good pediatrician should take the time to answer questions, address parental concerns and give advice when it's needed. They should always take as much time as necessary with you. They should never ignore your concerns, nor should they seem irritated when you ask several questions. Above all, both you and your child should feel comfortable with your pediatrician.