5 Tips for Bringing Newborn Baby Home (Part 1)
Mighty Mommy has experienced the bliss (and craziness) of bringing home a newborn baby 8 times. In Part 1 of this series, she has 5 tips to help you transition from hospital to home.
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The entire world is buzzing with joy and excitement at the announcement of the Royal Baby’s arrival on July 22. The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and her husband Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, are now the proud parents of a healthy baby boy. Their precious bundle is obviously going to have a very different upbringing than the millions of other babies born at the same time, but one thing the future King of England does have in common with other newborns is immediate need - a need for eating, sleeping, oodles of diaper changes, and of course, being cuddled and loved.
While new parents drift along on cloud 9 after their babies first arrive, many soon begin to feel overwhelmed about how they will care for newborn baby once they leave the hospital.
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Mighty Mommy has experienced the bliss and pure craziness of bringing home a newborn 8 times. In Part 1 of this series, I'll give you 5 tips to help you transition from the hospital to home with your new arrival. Next week I’ll discuss concerns with feedings, bowel movements, sleep, and, of course, crying.
Your baby’s homecoming from the hospital (or adoption agency or foster home) is a major event. To make this first journey as stress-free as possible keep these things in mind:
Tip #1: Leaving The Hospital
Pack a comfortable and seasonally appropriate outfit for both you and baby in your hospital bag. If you’ve just delivered, choose something roomy and non-constricting so you’ll be comfortable because you won’t be back to your pre-pregnancy shape for several weeks at least. For baby, take care not to overheat him with too many layers unless it’s winter and cold, in which case you’ll need a snowsuit, a hat to keep his head warm, and an extra blanket.
If you haven't already made the arrangements with your baby's health care provider, make sure to ask when the baby's first checkup should be scheduled before you leave the hospital. Take your time when leaving and don’t feel rushed before all your questions are answered, especially if it’s your first newborn baby. Most hospitals and pediatrician’s offices have “Warm Lines” available for new parents to call 24/7 with questions and concerns about breastfeeding, formula intake, bathing, umbilical cord care, and anything else you need to know.
Tip #2: Baby’s First Car Ride
The most important item for the trip home (besides your new bundle of joy) is...