Bringing Baby Home From The Hospital

Congratulations! You must be pregnant or near to the expected date of delivery because you are reading this. One of the most awaited things to do after the whole pregnancy and giving birth experience is to bring your baby home. Mums-to-be often pack clothes for the trip home before even going to the hospital. They may also wait to see what the weather is and have their partner bring clothing for both themselves and the baby. You have to bring a comfortable loose dress because after giving birth, because you will still look around six months pregnant.

Each activity during the first 2 days at home with your new baby presents its own set of challenges for new parents. The first preparation is to make yourself ready as a caring mother for the baby before you prepare other things.

Let this article guide you on what other preparations to consider upon bringing your baby home from the hospital.

Talk To Your Health Care Provider

You have to make arrangements with your baby’s health care provider, make sure to ask when the baby’s first check-up should be scheduled and make your uncertainties answered before you leave the hospital. And if you are unsure on how to do certain procedures such as bathing, breastfeeding, burping, etc. Ask your nurse, lactation consultant, or your baby’s doctor.

Safe And Clean House

Make your home clean and free from any threats that could harm your baby such as dirty linen, dust, unnecessary noise, etc. However, in most cases, pregnant women by this time are just too tired for heavy cleaning. Try to consider the help of a willing husband, family members, or hire a cleaning person to help you get your house ready for bringing baby home. You can also arrange a friend or family member to take care of your house while you’re in the hospital having your baby especially if you have pet or other children. Having a clean home benefits you and your baby.

Extra Space

Make sure to have a place for all of your baby’s paraphernalia. Having a new baby means a lot of new extra stuff into your home. Find a place where you can put the baby swing, baby gifts, changing table, crib, nursing pillow, rocking chair, etc. You may have to move things around to make room. It may also be the time to finally move the unused furniture from your bedroom to the basement. Baby items may consume a lot of space, so make bringing baby home less stressful by planning ahead.

Baby’s Room

Most expectant couple have already made a beautifully decorated nursery with an unassembled crib still neatly packed in its box. Set up a nursery for your baby, starting with the crib. Make sure that you have already set up the crib, its linen, and it is ready for use, so that the baby will have a place to sleep when you get home.

In your nursery, you must have these things:

  • 3 or more cot linen sheets, 3 or more waterproof mattress pads
  • Cot/bassinette
  • Rocking Chair
  • 6 4-oz. Bottles matching nipples, rings and accessories
  • Bottle Warmer (optional)
  • 5 bibs
  • Formula (ask pediatrician for recommendation)

Changing table with supplies:

  • Nappy’s
  • Baby wipes or lots of baby washcloths and warm water
  • Nappy Bin
  • Nappy Rash ointment
  • Baby oil

If Cloth-nappy’s:

  • 1-2 dozen cloth nappy’s

If Disposable Nappy’s:

  • 10-15 Nappy’s per day
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