Well, mama, you’ve made it. The hard part is over! You had your sweet bundle of joy and now it’s finally time to pack up and go home. So, you may be asking yourself: what’s next?
To make the transition from hospital to home with your new bundle of joy as smooth as possible, here are a few must-know tips for your first week at home.
1. Getting Sleep
Sleep. You will cherish it anytime you are able to get some rest. This is probably one of the toughest parts about having a newborn baby. You will not get much (sorry!). Due to your baby having such a small tummy, he or she will require many feedings. Yes, they sleep a lot, up to 16 to 18 hours a day, but wake up frequently to feed. Don’t worry it will get better over time.
During the first week home, be expected to be sore, especially if you gave birth vaginally. There may also be cramping during this time. Be sure to ice the area and take many baths. Also, don’t try to do too much. Many new moms will feel the need to get things done around the house while the baby is asleep. Don’t. Just relax; your body will thank you.
3. Frequent Diaper Changes
Be expected to change diapers a lot. Depending on your baby, you could change up to ten a day. Breastfed babies tend to have less than formula-fed babies. Try to keep track of how many times you change them because your doctor may ask on your first baby checkup.
4. Cleaning and Bathing
The first week is easy, you won’t have much to do in terms of bathing your baby. Using a warm washcloth, sponge or even baby wipes is all you really need this first week. Be sure to clean around their neck and face where they oftentimes spill milk.
5. Feelin’ the “Baby Blues”
Don’t be frightened by this; most moms get it, including myself when I had my son. You have just gone through so much this past week and you might feel overwhelmed. You may laugh, cry, be irritated, frustrated…just about any emotion that you can think of at this point. Most moms get over the baby blues after a few weeks, but all moms should be aware of them and the signs of Postpartum Depression.
Now, of course, there are many other things to expect your first week home. It’ll take time but you will get the hang of it just like the rest of us all did. Remember, you are strong and can get through anything.
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