Bringing a baby home from the hospital is a different experience. But how about what happens after you have the baby? The minute nurse says you are free to go anytime is the minute the panic sets in, and you don’t want to leave.
Most of the mothers do a great job of preparing for their baby and birth. They should take birth classes, execute the perfect registry, arrange a nursery, and follow all the guidelines for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
And that’s awesome in fact delivery nurses love to see mothers get prepared and educated about birth. Bringing your baby home may be the craziest whirlwind of a ride you’ve ever been on, you must slow down, care for yourself, not sweat down for the small stuff, heal and capture those once in a lifetime precious moment.
If only I could go back to my pre-baby self and give this advice! Here are a few things I would suggest other mothers who are preparing for their baby:
1- FOR BABIES, SLEEP BEGETS SLEEP
Once your baby arrives baby sleep will be a topic which you will love to read and will obsess about endlessly. It is very important for babies to get a good sleep in day so that they can sleep well at night also.Keeping babies up for longer makes them sleep for shorter lengths of time or have more disrupted sleep. You can also check our blog related to bedtime routine with your toddler.
For this, it is very important to learn Baby’s wake time. For getting yourself and your baby to get good night’s sleep you should make a proper sleeping schedule.
2- SOME RECOVERY IS INVOLVED WITH ALL BIRTH
Every birth requires some kind of recovery whether it is a natural birth, induction or something in between. It is very important to give yourself some time to rest and grace yourself.
It is not only during the time when you are staying in hospital but also at the time when you are back to your home. Your body needs to take rest. Directly you should not start social visiting, housework or cooking.
3- EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES ARE COMMON
Mental health challenges are more prevalent after having your baby than many mothers realize. It is estimated that up to 80% of all new mothers experience the baby blues.
We all know about postpartum depression, but you can’t know it until you have faced it, it can seem abstract and hard to believe. So many mothers have shared their stories with postpartum depression and other postpartum mood disorders.
4- NOT INVITE JUST ANYONE OVER
So many mothers are extroverts and just love everybody. Some people are takers and some aregivers. For their comforts many of the givers end up being takers.
Never invite the takers. You should not allow any visitors for at least one week. You should try to figure out life with a new born as it is very difficult to please everyone. You should try figuring out that time privately bonding and figuring out this major life change.
5- TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF SO YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOUR BABY TOO
It has been told by every mother that “Take care of yourself first and this will allow you to take better care for your baby.” There are times when ladies get sick and fainted and then they realize so much concern for their newborn baby’s need that they have not eaten or drank anything for most of the day. You can also check our blogs of how to take care of your newborn baby.
At that times you should slow down, start drinking more water, eat something even if it is just a meal bar. Try to make your care your priority too so that you can better take care for your baby.
6- EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY
When your new born arrives you might get emotional and overwhelmed. Everything will be okay you should understand that your reaction is normal and try taking things slow.
At first, it will be a little difficult for you as there will be no nurses but with time everything gets normal. You can take the help of your doctor to come out with this. Keep yourself healthy by choosing the right things and also make your baby feel loved by snuggling.
7- FOCUS ON YOUR PRECIOUS BORN
Try taking in the moments with those little noises and snuggles. You should focus on the positive and soak in the love of smiles and all those beautiful things about this amazing new life as this time can be crazy.
Inspite of sleepless nights there will be many challenges and discomforts you will fall in love with a tiny human. The most important thing is that you will be able to take in those once in a lifetime moment that are so incredibly precious.
I hope this blog will be helpful to all the mothers whohas experienced this amazing feeling. Do share your experiences with us in our comment section.