Welcome Baby: 5 Simple Steps for Bringing Baby Home
You’ve spent the last 9 months preparing for the arrival of your new bundle of joy. Making baby-lists, preparing the nursery, adjusting your sleep and work schedule, talking to your other children about what it means to be a big brother or sister, or possibly spending time preparing yourself mentally for the birth of your 1st baby.
The last 9 months have been truly dedicated to the newness that your family is about to endure.
Then it happened.
Your beautiful baby has arrived and now the time has come to bring baby home! You’re basking in the glow of new motherhood.
Family members are ready to support you and offer help when needed. Life has taken a welcomed turn and the true changes begin the moment you arrive home.
To assist with making a smooth transition into your new role, and preparing for the 1st few days and weeks with baby, I have compiled a list of my top 5 steps to help you prepare:
- Give yourself time to adjust
Family and friends will want to welcome you and the new baby home as soon as possible.
While that is a wonderful sentiment, ask that they allow you a few days to adjust to your new role.
You will be tired after the birth and will surely require some rest to be your best. Entertaining during this time can be very challenging.
After all, you’ve both worked hard, and now you and baby need some time to learn each other in a quiet and comfortable space.
- Designate a mom/baby space
Most often this will be your bedroom, but don’t overlook a den, guest room, or other quiet place in your home.
The purpose of this space is to provide a welcoming retreat for you and baby to relax and bond. The addition of your favorite flowers or essential oils in a diffuser are perfect for creating a calming atmosphere.
You may also want to keep some healthy snacks on hand for those moments when hunger strikes.
Be sure to keep the room at a comfortable temperature for both you and your baby.
- Ask for help
As women and mothers we often feel as though we wear the weight of the world on our shoulders.
After a birth, we need time to take a step back as it is paramount to our healing and adjusting to our role of motherhood.
There is absolutely no shame in asking for help.
Making a list of things you would like help with is a great way to let visitors lend a hand, when you finally do allow them in for a time.
Simple tasks such as washing dishes, holding baby so that you can grab a hot shower, preparing a quick meal, or even playing with older siblings are great ways to bring yourself some relief during your 1st few weeks home.
- Keep healthcare provider information nearby
The 1st few days and weeks home with baby can at times present new circumstances that require a call to your healthcare practitioner.
Having their contact information handy will eliminate the search if the time comes that you need to make that call. Be sure to have business hours and after hours numbers readily accessible so that you can get the assistance you need no matter the hour.
In addition, setting reminders for follow-up appointments takes the guess work out of planning your days.
- Go with the flow
This may require a bit of letting go for some women, however the goal here is to make your time transitioning home a peaceful and joyous one.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to stick to or meet a rigid schedule.
What does this mean? Well, baby may not sleep when you want him to or for as long as you’d like her to. You may have to grab that hot shower at night instead of 1st thing in the morning like you have done previously.
One pot meals may be the star of the dinner table for a few weeks, and movie night may just be at 11am.
Let go and allow yourself the freedom and understanding to go with the flow. Whatever feels right is right for you in that moment.
Be free to let your hair down and embrace the newness.
I hope that these tips are beneficial to you. Please remember to relax and rest so that you can recuperate. You have an amazing new person to care for.