A new-born baby brings utmost joy and glee in the life of a couple. And if it is your first child, the happiness gets doubled automatically. So, does nervousness and anxiety. The task of bringing your baby home also turns out to be a very important event. There are a lot of things that you must take into consideration, before making your child undertake his/her first journey to home. In the following lines, we have provided information on what to do when you are bringing your baby home.
What To Do When Bringing Your Baby Home
Leaving the Hospital
- The new-mom must get loose fitting clothes or a dress that has drawstrings or elastic. This is because you are unlikely to fit into your pre-pregnancy outfits.
- Dress you baby according to the weather. For warm weathers, make him/her wear a T-shirt and diaper and wrap him/her in a warm blanket. In case of winters, the best bet would be to add snowsuit and an extra blanket. A hat may or may not be added.
- Do not try to fit your baby in a complicated dress. Let him feel comfortably and breathe easy in the clothes.
- Before leaving the hospital, ask the doctor as to when the baby’s first checkup is scheduled.
- If you feel doubtful about anything, from bathing to breastfeeding to burping, ask the doctor or nurse. Make sure to know everything before leaving the hospital.
The Car Trip
- The foremost thing for the trip back home would be a proper child safety seat in the vehicle. It is the ideal way to protect your baby.
- It is not advisable to hold your baby in your arms if you plan to sit in the front seat of the car. One harsh break and the baby could be pulled from your arms and thrown on to the dashboard.
- If you have your own car, buy a baby seat before the baby is born. If not, rent a car that has a baby seat.
- Drive slowly and smoothly. You should not be in any hurry. If you can wait nine months for your child, another 10 minutes is not a big deal.
- If you are having mixed emotions about the child, do not get worried. For first time parents, it is natural. They feel extremely happy as well as very much nervous.
- There are chances that the first time mother would be too engrossed with the child, making the husband feel a little neglected or over shadowed. Remember, this is because the baby is too small to take care of himself.
- Be aware of your child’s schedule. Though this is likely to change very frequently, it is good to balance your life accordingly, so that you never miss out on those little moments of joy and happiness.
- Know for sure that the new-born babies cry a lot and it is only after a few weeks that the intensity and frequency of his/her crying will lessen.
The Home Front
- Make sure you spent quality time with other children, if it is your second or third child.
- Encourage your children to help you care for the child. They might feel lonely, but it is your duty to create the feeling of love and care between them and the newly-born.
- If you have a pet, the best bet would be to give him the baby blanket, to smell, before hand. This way, he will recognize the baby's smell immediately and be attached to him.
- Limit your guests, at least for the first few days. You need to be comfortable yourself, before making others feel so.