Baby's first night home is a huge event. You'll likely feel excited and a little overwhelmed at the thought of caring for a tiny human. We've got advice to make this momentous occasion more blissful than stressful. Plan ahead: The average hospital stay is two nights for a vaginal birth and at least three days for a c-section. After that you are on your own.
For the first night give yourself a break and don't invite friends over. Calm transitions will set a perfect tone for the newest member of your family.
What to expect: Waking every 2-3 hours to feed. You won't be getting six-eight hours straight for a few months. So map out how you are going to handle feedings. Mr. Momtrends and I agreed that after he went back to work I would handle the most of the feeding and changing. Since I was breastfeeding and not working this made sense. Other moms feed and then hand the baby off to the partner for diaper change and comfort. Try to talk this through before baby arrives, but do try to stay flexible.
How to prepare: By all means say "YES!" when friends offer to drop off meals or snacks. If possible, get a few deliveries early and leave them in the freezer so you'll be set for sustenance upon return from the hospital. Many pregnant ladies report going into nesting mode. If the mood strikes you in your last trimester get busy preparing yourself a few stews and casseroles to tide you over after baby arrives.
The essentials: You'll want to think about sleeping arrangements for baby. No need for a crib just yet. You'll be surprised at how tiny your new addition is in comparison to a full sized cribs. Bassinets or co-sleepers that attach to the side of your bed (for easy breastfeeding) are ideal. Parents are also advised that the proper sleep position for baby is on his back. (Read up on the ADA and SIDS Alliance Back to Sleep campaign). Medical findings say placing babies on their backs to sleep reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Forget about all those adorable baby blankets for now. Baby should be suited up in swaddling (I like the swaddle me wrap) that is tight and won't be a risk for suffocation. If swaddling scares you (many moms think the babes look too confined--but mine loved it), consider a Halo Sleep Sack--a zip front blanket that allows for baby to have free arms.
Momtrends tip: Invest in a white noise machine. This really worked in our family and soothed our girls back to sleep after feeding.
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