Bringing home your new baby!
“Are you ready?” I’m guessing the closer you got to delivery the more you heard that question. “Not yet” or “almost” seem to be a common answer among most moms.
Although I’m not sure we are ever fully prepared for the moment we bring home a new baby, there are a few things that can make the transition easier.
1-Tour the hospital or birth center- Taking a tour of where you plan to give birth can give you piece of mind in knowing what to expect when you get there. It can be helpful to visualize the process. Most places will schedule a tour and some even accommodate to walk-ins. Take your birth partner with you if possible so they also know what to expect. If doing a home birth, be sure to have all needed supplies in advance and make sure your support team knows what is expected.
2- Take some prenatal classes- Taking classes helps you to be aware of your options. There are times when labor doesn’t go as planned and it’s nice to know what else you may be able to do. Taking your birth partner with you to most classes can be helpful. If planning to breastfeed your baby, a breastfeeding class can be very informative.
3- Say yes- Say yes to help. Sometimes it can be hard to accept help from others. If someone wants to help by cleaning, providing meals, watching older children or anything else, let them.
4- Say no- Say no to activities, events or commitments that cause you to be over scheduled and stressed after your infant has arrived. This is such a short time and your body needs time to heal and recover after birth. Enjoy the quiet time bonding with your new baby.
5-Give yourself a break- It’s important to take care of yourself too in the weeks after delivery. There will be ups and downs. Bringing home an infant can be full of joy but it can also be exhausting. Remember to accept help when you need it.
Congratulations on your new love. Enjoy this time momma.
If you have any helpful tips on bringing home a new baby let us know in the comments!