Becoming a parent for the first time is both exciting and worrying in equal measures. The idea of bringing new life into the world and meeting your little one for the very first time, imagining who they could grow up to be and who they might look like is equally matched with fears of not being good enough, not knowing what to do, concerns if the baby will not like you and of course a complicated birth – not all births go to plan, so if you’re looking for a cerebral palsy lawyer, Colorado Springs, click the link for more information.
However, when you finally have that baby safe in your arms all those fears and concerns melt away. It feels as though you’ve been given the most precious gift in the world, and you’ll do anything to protect it and give it the best life possible. If you chose to give birth in a hospital, then your first challenge is bringing the baby home. It’s daunting, to say the least…
Here we’ll take a look at some helpful tips for new parents when they bring home the baby for the first time.
What to plan for leaving the hospital
Hopefully, you’ll have already packed some appropriate clothing to leave the hospital in when you initially packed your hospital bag – all those weeks ago! It should be loose fitting and comfortable – don’t expect to get back into your pre-pregnancy jeans straight away. You may also have stitches or still be bleeding (lochia) if you had a vaginal birth. So, keep clothes loose and appropriate for the season outside. The same applies for your baby. Something light and cool for the warmer months and something warmer for winter days, including a hat, and a blanket.
Get to grips with the car seat
You won’t be permitted to leave the hospital without a car seat. You should practice fitting the car seat in the car before your baby arrives. Unless you want to be stuck outside holding a hungry baby! Car seats can be tricky and overly complicated, so try and purchase one where you can see a demonstration of it being fitted.
Have your home ready
Having the essentials ready and waiting for you at home will make life incredibly easy. Dedicate a certain area in your living room for all your go-to baby items, rather than having them scattered around the house. The last thing you want is to run out of diapers then have to carry the baby upstairs while you get another pack ready.
- Nappies and wipes
- Breastfeeding equipment (if required)
- Formula/bottles and sterilizing equipment (if required)
- A bassinet/Moses basket
- Plenty of clothes and muslin cloths