The moment that you have waited for has finally arrived: the day you bring your newborn baby home from the hospital. Like all other expectant parents you will have spent the last nine months preparing for this day. You will have a baby room full of everything a newborn could possibly want. You will have read book after book on a wide magnitude of baby topics from what to name your baby to when you can expect those first words. You will have walked and paced the length of baby's room, imagining your little bundle sleeping peacefully in her crib. Now the moment has arrived. In the crib lies your sleeping baby and the most exciting adventure of life is about to begin.
The first few days home from the hospital are just as important to you as they are to your baby. As new parents you will have gone through an exciting birth that will have left you breathless and exhilarated.
During your first days at home it may be wise to limit the amount of visitors that you welcome into your home. You need time to recuperate and settle into the routine that a sleeping, feeding, and often crying baby brings into your life.
As a new mother you will need to pay particular attention to the way that you are feeling so that those "baby blues" don't creep up and surprise you unexpectedly. It is normal to feel a bit out of sorts and sad for the first couple of weeks after giving birth. Your body is going through some major physical changes after the birth of your baby. Your hormones will be changing and you likely will be feeling a lack of sleep. You should be patient with yourself, understand that all these feelings are normal, and that in a couple of weeks things will feel better for you.
If you find that you are feeling more and more depressed, and find it difficult to care for yourself and your family, you should consult your doctor so that he/she can determine if you are suffering from a condition called postpartum depression. While not serious, postpartum depression can leave a new mother despondent, tired, and subject to emotional swings and loss of appetite. The effects of giving birth, hormone changes and the lifestyle changes of having a newborn (not sleeping, being indoors a lot, responsibilities of caring for a baby) can lead to a bout of the baby blues. Baby blues are usually short lived and go away without treatment.
During the first few days at home your family will be adjusting to the additional member of your family. If you have other children at home you may be dealing with feelings of jealousy as the new baby takes center stage. Make sure that you include your other children in the day-to-day activities that are part of the new baby's routine. Let older children help with diaper changing, feeding, and just sitting and holding the new baby if they are old enough to do so.
This is your time to adjust to the changes in your life and settle into a comfortable routine...at least for the moment!
Tim Robinson's report, "Baby's First Year: What Every New Parent Needs To Know" will make sure you have everything you need to know to provide for your child. Just visit for a sneak peak at what the guide will share with you.
Does baby shower hostess etiquette allow for gift suggestions, if... Read More
To be precise, anything can happen anytime as long as... Read More
If circumcision were a choice I had to have made,... Read More
Etiquette for baby shower used to be quite rigid, but... Read More
Choosing baby shower themes is the first step in planning... Read More
Perfect Baby shower idea lists for necessity type baby gifts.... Read More
Remember how miserable you felt when you last had a... Read More
If you're a new parent, be aware that you baby... Read More
The best birth announcement is both practical and sentimental. Welcome... Read More
With orange juice spilled over the kitchen table, Playdough in... Read More
Having carried a sizable bump around for a very long,... Read More
Decorating your child's nursery is an exciting experience. Your little... Read More
Any parent of an active toddler has asked this question:... Read More
Growth charts are tools your pediatrician can use to keep... Read More
As an expectant mother, you are full of excitement and... Read More
Potty Training ResistanceFrom your perspective, your child is resisting all... Read More
Having a baby is one of the most amazing things... Read More
There are multitudes of ways to purchase used clothing for... Read More
Many moms like to think that as soon as their... Read More
It is an unfortunate fact of life but, unfortunately, toddlers... Read More
Jean Piaget has allowed us many insights into child cognitive... Read More
Baby shower cakes are terrific centerpieces for showers. Guests always... Read More
An excellent source of information providing the perfect baby shower... Read More
Unusual baby boy names and finding exotic and unique baby... Read More
It is a myth that bottle-feeds and breast-feeding is equally... Read More
After reading several books about potty training (my son was... Read More
The addition of a new child to a family is... Read More
Babies learn about the environment surrounding them through five senses:... Read More
Americans have long depended on jarred baby foods for convenient... Read More
Baby Rooibos Tea is naturally good for your baby. It... Read More
From birth to one year your baby will go from... Read More
You are expecting your first baby and are wondering what... Read More
Most parents bond instantly with their babies, an intense feeling... Read More
Have you been invited to a baby shower or asked... Read More
Loads of baby boy clip art images are available, once... Read More
Surviving a baby with colic truly deserves an award of... Read More
Every adorable baby deserves equally adorable baby bedding to complete... Read More
This Spring many new parents will welcome new additions into... Read More
Your Leo Baby..July 23 - August 22Leo children are sunny,... Read More
Throwing a baby shower for grandma could be a great... Read More
Using baby shower checklist-hostess are the best way to stay... Read More
So you're holding a baby shower? Then you will need... Read More
As you probably know, baby expense should be high on... Read More
One of the first decisions we make is if we... Read More
When you plan for a baby room decor, the best... Read More
There are different types of baby showers to cover just... Read More
Moses Baby Baskets are a traditional, convenient place for babies... Read More
Whether you're hosting a baby shower for the first time... Read More
A Baby's Reflexes..A baby is born with certain reflexes to... Read More
Having a shower for second baby used to be considered... Read More
Babies & Toddler Babies & Toddler