Mother and small daughter with new babyBringing your baby home for the first time will be one of your life’s most exciting and memorable experiences. It’s also a time when you are still exhausted from delivery, and taking care of your baby and yourself may seem overwhelming. Consider some of these tips to help make homecoming more enjoyable:

  • Ask your partner to limit the number of visitors.
  • Don’t be shy about asking friends and family who are ill to postpone their visits.
  • Put baby updates on your Facebook page or voice mail message. 
  • Sleep when your baby sleeps. 
  • Let your baby set the pace. 
  • Crying is your baby’s only means of communication. He is making adjustments too.
  • Leave the housekeeping to someone else.
  • Accept that it is normal to be emotional. If you feel stressed, ask for help. Remember that the relaxation techniques you learned in childbirth classes aren’t just for labor. Use them in any stressful situation.
  • If you have other children, be sure to spend some quality time with each of them. At first, you can expect some jealousy, so encourage your children to “help” you care for your newest family member.
  • If you have a pet, ask your partner to take home a blanket with the baby’s scent on it and place it near the pet before you and your baby leave the hospital. Then, when you come home, the pet will already be somewhat familiar with the baby. But remember never to leave pets alone with newborns.
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