After the excitement of bringing a new baby into the world, it may take some time to settle in at home. Your newborn’s needs are very simple at this stage – they will need to be fed, sleep and get comfort from you.
Try not to put too much pressure on yourself, to do anything more than just being at home with your baby. Even if this means managing a shower and brushing your teeth – everything else can wait. This is especially important while you establish breastfeeding.
Friends & Family
Whilst everyone will want to flock to see the newborn baby, it is important that you are getting the rest you need. If they want to help, they can do this by helping to feed YOU, do the laundry, run errands or look after older siblings. If you are being looked after, you can do a good job of caring for your newborn baby.
Your set up
Whilst you may have set up everything before your baby arrived, it is not until you bring your newborn home that you can truly see what is/isn’t working for you.
- Do you have a comfortable chair / feeding area for day and night?
- Is the room dimly lit for night feeds or do you need a lamp?
- Is your changing station in a convenient location?
- Do you have access to nappies, wipes and a change of clothes when you need it?
- Is your nipple cream, lip balm and water handy at all times?
- Is your bath set up in a comfortable and safe location for bathing your baby?
- Do you have healthy snacks available to nourish mama?
Try not to worry too much about general housework during this time. However, ensuring you are set up according to your baby’s needs, can make all the different to managing the days and nights with your newborn.