So we are finally home! Little Baby and I are so happy to be back in our own space, looking forward to settling in and finding our feet in the new routine. It’s been so long since we’ve had a newborn in our home, though, that I’m not really sure what to expect anymore! Thank goodness for the internet!
So after we got home and unpacked our hospital bags, fed, bath and changed Baby, tested out the mobile, filled up and turned on the sterilizer, put Baby down for a nap and threw a frozen lasagne in the oven ( 🙂 ), I decided to look online for some tips for the first night home, kind of a ‘refresher course’ of sorts, if you will. I did find a couple of great sites, and decided that this is another great topic to look at, get the best of the basic info together and share with you all. Like they say, sharing is caring, and that goes for info too!
So here it is, Baby’s First Night Home : Top Tips for a Gentle Start!
- Go easy on yourself – Remember, bringing home a baby is a life-altering change, and you shouldn’t expect to adapt to it the moment you walk through the door. Cut yourself some slack and let go of your ideas about how things “should” be, you and your baby will find the rhythm that works best for you and your family.
- Sleep when Baby sleeps – Your body is dealing with fluctuating hormone levels, healing from giving birth, and is seriously sleep-deprived. Getting as much rest as possible can help speed up the recovery process and can help you feel better prepared to deal with the new stresses that go hand in hand with having a new baby in the house.
- Me – time! – Your mind is adjusting to this new stage of life. Don’t be surprised by or hard on yourself for sudden emotions. You may laugh, cry, be frustrated, get excited, or any other mixture of both positive and negative emotions. Taking a few minutes when you can, just to breathe, to center yourself, is often enough to help keep things manageable!
- Pull rank – By this I mean ‘enlist help’…Family, both young and old, living at home or coming to visit in the first few days, are all going to be keen to jump in and help. Let them! Even siblings (all ages) can get a lot of joy out of helping, be it by fetching a pacifier or by choosing which ‘sleepsuit’ Baby wears, and every little bit of help takes some of the pressure off Mom.
- Stock up on the basics – Comfortable clothes, for both Mom and Baby, nappies, wipes, diaper cream, swaddling blankets, bottles and formula if you’re using, and burping cloths… having enough of these on hand will make the first night (or couple of nights) so much easier. This is definitely not the time to be running out to the shop!
- Don’t worry too much about the cooking – a frozen lasagne or a delivery menu are great options for the first night home, and don’t underestimate the value of a paper plate! The usual chores like veggie peeling and washing up are probably going to be the last thing you feel like doing, and that’s okay!
- Get snapping! – Try to have a camera or smart phone on hand to capture all those little ‘firsts’ on film. There are going to be so many, and soon you’ll be so busy it may be difficult to find the time or to get a hand free to take a couple of snaps. Best get as many memories now as you can, after all, they do grow up so fast!
In short, the first few days home with a new baby are going to be a wonderful, strange, scary, magical mess! Take some of the work out of it by keeping things simple. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and enjoy it! Remember, this time will pass much quicker than you can imagine and soon you’ll be in the full throw of things, so take this time to get as many kisses and cuddles in, learn your baby’s language and breathe in that new baby smell! I know that’s what I’m going to be doing!
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