Transitioning baby home from hospital
5 Tips on bring baby home from the hospital.
The transition to bring your baby home from the hospital can be emotional. From being so excited to terrified. It is ok to feel scared when bringing your baby home for the first time. I was scared bringing my son home from five long months in the hospital. My son had a lot of medical issues and being a new mom on top of the stresses of having a medically fragile child is frightening. New moms especially it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help with the transition.
Follow your baby’s schedule
My son was in the NICU for five months. We followed the schedule he was on for the most part until he adjusted to being home with us. Being home will be new to them too, just be patient. I thought my son would be used to his crib since he slept in one at the hospital, he hated his crib. It was a constant battle trying to get him to sleep in his crib. He slept in an Infant toddler rocker the first few months.
Set up a comfortable environment for baby in your home. I am not saying walk on egg shells while your baby sleeps. They need to get used to noise or you will never be able to get anything done while they sleep. My son had to have background noise like the tv or calming music. Disney CDs an Meditation music was a life saver. My son would literally not go to sleep without having calming music or Disney stories playing in the background. The music can be subtle I barely knew it was on half the time.
Its ok to be a germaphobe
It is ok to deep clean everything or what they call nesting. Deep clean before and after baby, atleast once a week. I really wanted to make sure my son was not going to catch anything. My son was premature and they can get sick more easily so we were constantly deep cleaning after he came home. We cannot protect them from everything but we can take precautions. For example, washing our hands a lot. I still wash my hands a bunch even though my son is getting older. Keep hand sanitizer and lotion on you always. My hands got so dry from washing my hands multiple times a day the lotion helps.
Say no to multiple visitors
There is a time to set for visitors to come by, but give it time. It is ok to be selective for a few months. Everyone will understand. Babies need time to adjust and they need bonding time with you. There will be plenty of time for visitors. Also, a crowd may not be the best idea for you or baby, babies can get overwhelmed by too much activity at once. Plus, it is nice to be able to snuggle your baby and keep them all to yourself.
Do not be afraid to ask for help
You will feel exhausted if you try to do it all alone. Try to nap Whenever you can. I know it’s easier said than done but it helps. Ask a friend or family member if they can help with the baby while you take care of yourself. Or to get some housework done. I remember when we came home with our son people brought us food. It was very helpful and appreciated. Do not try to wear yourself thin, people will be eager to help.
So here are the key points to transition baby from hospital to home.
- Follow your baby’s schedule
- Create soothing Environment
- It is ok to be a germaphobe
- Allow only certain visitors for awhile
- Do not be afraid to ask for help
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