6 Oct 2015 — 5 Ways to Welcome Your Newborn Home
You’re up in the clouds. Everyone is congratulating you on the newest addition to your family while you beam from ear to ear; this little person is your life now. And then it hits you – you are responsible for the life of this little extension of you. No more nurses, no doctors and no live-in nanny; you’re the go-to person from now on, and forever more. The very thought of taking home a helpless little person who solely relies on you for his or her life, is an utterly daunting task.
The very idea is overwhelming and you may find yourself awash with a range of emotions. One thing about babies is that their moods are directly affected by mom’s state of wellbeing. Unsettled mother means unsettled baby, but you can avoid that. With some preparation, your baby’s homecoming event can be stress-free and full of joy. Here are five tips to help you adapt and adjust to bringing your new baby home:
First Drive Home
The first time you put your baby into the car seat, you will find yourself checking and rechecking the attachments and fittings, ensuring everything is in the right place and securely fitted. This is completely normal. It is crucial to educate yourself on the product and its intended use before little one is born. The trip home is rather nerve wracking for first-time parents, it is best that you feel secure in the product you’ve chosen to keep your child safe in the car. You also want a smooth transition from car to cot, when you arrive.
Bassinet & Essentials
When you get home, having a bassinet ready is crucial because it allows you to keep your little one close by, when you’re resting during his/her naptime. Keeping everything close by will help to ease any feelings of flailing and uncertainty.
Always ensure that your essentials are stocked up, easily accessible and ready for use from the moment you arrive at home. Choose a space in your home where you will change baby’s nappies and clothes, and keep all requirements close by. Arrange your cupboard of essentials with the following:
- Rash cream
- Swaddling blankets
- Baby cream
- Burp cloths
- Disinfectant to clean the umbilical
If you are breastfeeding:
- Breast pads
- Nipple cream
If you are bottle feeding:
- Bottles and formula
- Bottle cleaning solution
- Bottle teats
Once you’re home you will want to introduce your little one to friends and family; it’s part of the excitement. However, babies are extremely susceptible to sensory overload, which can lead to a lot of restlessness. Let everyone know that you are extremely excited to introduce your baby to them, but your little family needs time to settle in at home, and find a routine before you start entertaining again.
If family and friends want to help, ask them to make meals that you can freeze. You will need all the spare time you have to spend with your baby. Cooking is something that you really will need assistance with.
This comes in the form of a portable baby movement monitor to alert you if there is no movement. As a new mother, you will find yourself rushing to check that your child is breathing every five minutes. Take the stress off your shoulders and get a baby monitor that is your eyes and ears when you’re out of the room. That way you can breathe easy and keep the stress levels to a minimum.
Time alone with your spouse is important because reconnecting means a solid foundation for baby to grow on. Quality time can be enjoyed if you share the load. If you are taking on too much you may find that when your quality time comes up, you’ll end up being exhausted and wanting to sleep instead of unwinding with your other half.
When you’re with your child, it’s best to rest when he/she is resting. Don’t busy yourself with cleaning the house or reading a book during this time. The more sleep you get, the more you will be able to cope, making this bonding period easy and smooth.
Bringing baby into a well prepared home will make life a lot easier for your, and take the stress off your shoulders, leaving you to really enjoy your new little one.