When newborn babies are brought home from hospital, mothers are very worried about their care. Care of newborn babies is not as difficult as we assume. They are quite sturdy than we assume. Read on.
I am worried about taking care of the baby at home?
Your new baby was well taken care of in the hospital, and you did not have to worry about a thing. But at home, even though your newborn did not come with cleaning instructions, it is up to you to keep her well groomed. Although, at first this may seem a little intimidating - this wobbly youngster with the soft spot in the middle of his head seems pretty fragile - rest assured that your baby is sturdier than you think. You will soon master diapering and bathing, and the many baby products on the market will make your grooming time easier and more enjoyable.
What are the essentials of getting the baby home?
Here are shared some tips that shall make the whole process of welcoming the baby home a lot easier. Take a look:
Arrange for clothes
You must get the appropriate outfit for the season for your baby. The clothes for your baby must be comfortable and should not restrict her movement in any way. Make sure you are not over clothing her which may make her feel suffocated. May be you can set aside a blanket and use it only when you need.
If you have not yet checked, do ensure to check when your babyâ€™s first visit to a paediatrician is scheduled. You must have ample time in your hand so that you have all your questions answered. You may also note down the helpline number where you can call and ask about breastfeeding and umbilical cord care and your other queries.
Install a car seat
You must be very excited to take your baby in your own car while driving back home. Make sure it is clean and you have installed the car seat. A car seat in fact is a must in many countries to ensure safety of a baby. Make sure that you install a car seat that meets all the safety standards.
A car seat is a must even if you are going for a short trip. It is a good habit to install car seat even before your baby is born. This way you shall be habituated with the tricky parts and need not encounter any problems when you actually place your baby inside.
Car seats are mainly of two types: the convertible ones and the infant only seats. Those which are meant for the infants are rear facing and the convertible ones face back until your baby is 2 years old. The second one is meant for the older children and infants as well. You must ensure a good head support for your baby. Your newborn shall need support to hold her delicate neck. Many hospitals today encourage having certified car seat before taking newborn home.
Prepare your home
Take help from those experienced and new moms in arranging your home before welcoming your little one. Preparations in the right time shall save you all the hassles at the tenth hour. Keep the diapers, rags, blankets, clothes, breastfeeding pumps, your favourite snacks, baby cot, notebook for keeping note of the bowel movements, baby album are everything you think you shall need.
When you are well prepared, you feel more relaxed and can focus on your newborn more.
Enjoy the change
You shall be flooded with all types of emotions now. You may feel left alone and too busy all day. Seek help from your partner and talk about all your anxieties and fear. It is important to let your anxieties, emotions, fear and concerns so that you can take better care of your little one. Do not feel guilty for all the negative thoughts that you might be dealing with now.
You are surely the best mom and with little bit of guidance you shall be able to overcome these small hindrances in the beginning.
It is no doubt one of those moments you had anticipated for so long. The excitement of bringing a new member can be immensely pleasurable when you are prepared well in advance. So good luck mommies.
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- The Indiaparenting Team