It’s time to take your beautiful bundle home once your hospital stay is ended!

Bringing a newborn home is such a special and memorable occasion. The moment you’ve been waiting for the past 9 months (or much longer!) has finally arrived, and you’re about to make a positive change in your life as a family of 3 (or more!).

There’s a lot to be happy about. It’s surprising how entertaining it can be to “show baby around the house,” even if you know they can’t see anything. It’s pure beauty.

The first step is to go to the hospital and ask all of your queries. These are professionals who are familiar with infants. If you forget to ask something, you can phone the nurses’ helpline for an answer or write it down to ask your paediatrician at your first visit.

The second step will be to seek assistance. Nobody is more willing to assist than new grandparents! It’s invaluable to have an arm to cuddle a newborn while you have your first hot meal in days. What about a shower? Life-changing. Think ahead and ask/prepare to have them assist you in ways other than babysitting—laundry, cleaning, cooking, and so on—this will be a HUGE benefit to you! For the first few weeks, it’s critical that you focus solely on your baby.

You should also make visitor boundaries and plans; depending on your personality, you may not want people coming and going daily. Tell it like it is with your friends and family. Allow a few people from the same circle to arrive at the same time so you can have company for a shorter period of time. Make sure you and your life partner are on the same view. While one may want to show off the kid to everyone, the other may choose to keep it quiet and just tell the closest friends and family.

Finally, keeping a record of your baby’s activities is a great idea. You’ll be sleep deprived and anxious about this new venture, but having solid statistics will come in useful if you’re unsure whether or not your baby is eating enough.

A few things to keep in mind after bringing your little one home:

Newborns that are nursed should be given 10-12 times per day (24 hour period).

Newborns that are given formula should feed 8-11 times each day.

During the first five days, most newborns lose weight.

Aim to change at least 4 wet diapers and 1 poopy diaper per day.

The average daily sleep time for a baby is 15-17 hours.

Because their internal thermometer isn’t operating properly, babies must be kept warm; keep them dressed warmly and wrapped properly.

Bathe the newborn just after the umbilical cord has fallen off (stick to sponge baths)

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