First, check with your insurance company to get a list of pediatric practices covered by your policy.
Ask around. Neighbors, co-workers, friends, relatives, etc. Who do they use now or have used in the past. Any reason why they left that doctor or switched offices?
Set up an in office consultation with a few doctors to get a feel for them. Just because you sisters neighbors cousin likes that doc does NOT mean you will too. Personality has a lot to do with pediatrics and you have to be comfortable with them both as a person and a doctor.
Have a list of questions ready for your visit. This will help you get perspective on their medical practices. A few questions to ask would be:
*What are your views on breastfeeding vs formula feeding
*What is your standard practice regarding circumcision
*At what age will you recommend starting solid foods
*Would you support my decision should I choose to delay vaccinations
*Do you prescribe pharmaceutical medications first or are you willing to explore alternate methods
*When will my calls be returned and who will I primarily be speaking with on the phone
*How quickly can my sick child be seen
*Where do I get help after hours
*What if my doctor isn't available? Who will I see in place of my regular doc?
And most importantly*Do you have privileges at the hospital I am delivering at?
Even if some of these questions don't pertain to you specifically, ask them anyway. It will give you a broader view into their personality & medical preferences. You'll be surprised at the very wide variety of pediatricians out there. You need to be 100% comfortable with both the doctor & the office personnel.
(*) I want to share about the pharmaceutical vs alternate method real quick. My son has never had a diaper rash. He's been a bit pink/red occasionally and he had a few bumps once in the early weeks but it went away in just a couple hours. That being said, I changed his diaper one day (6 mo approx.) and noticed 3 pink bumps on his (intact) penis. No big deal I though, I just used a touch of cream and forgot about it. The next day the bumps were red & he had 5 bumps now. Okay, used a stronger diaper rash cream. Day 3 the entire head of his penis was red & puffy! Oh No! =( I texted my friend, whose son is only 5mo older than T man. She said "C" had recently had the same thing & it was a yeast infection (of all things) Her pedi had prescribed one ointment that didn't work so they had to get a second prescription. Took over a week to heal. I immediately called Dr P to get T man in that same day. Dr P agreed with my thought of a yeast infection. He told me to go to the store & buy some athletes foot cream (such as Lotramin) Apply that to his penis with every diaper change for 1 week. His penis was clear in 24 hours. =)