Mother and small daughter with new baby

Bringing 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, family and friends to help you 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 every chance you get. 
  • Let your baby set the pace. 
  • Remember that 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.
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