Bringing Home Baby—What to Keep in Mind When Bringing Your Newborn Home From the Hospital
It almost seems unreal that you check into a hospital and then bring a baby home with you. Although this life transition is exciting, it can also bring on anxiety and stress. However, with the right knowledge and preparation, you can feel confident in what you need to do for a happy and healthy transition home. Here are three things to keep in mind when you bring your newborn baby home from the hospital.
Do not feel rushed when leaving the hospital. It is better to feel confident after having all of your questions answered to your satisfaction. If you have not already made your baby's first doctor appointment, be sure to check with the healthcare provider about this before you leave the hospital. Before you head out, make sure that your baby is dressed comfortably. Many new parents mistakenly overdress their newborn for the weather conditions. Instead, you should dress your baby as you would dress yourself.
The Drive Home
The most important part of the car ride home is the infant safety seat. Every state requires that you have a certified car seat before leaving the hospital with the newborn. In order to avoid mistakes when installing the car seat, it’s a good idea to practice before the day arrives. Be sure to not overdress the baby for the drive home. Not only will the little one be uncomfortable, but it is not safe to have additional layers of clothing on when riding in a car seat.
Arriving at Home
If you are bringing your new baby home to an older sibling or a pet, you can make the transition easier by preparing your other children for the newborn. Encouraging older siblings to help take care of the baby can make them needed and less abandoned. Bringing a gift from the baby to the older sibling can also help to make the transition easier. Having everything that you need to care for the baby on hand will help to ensure that you can relax and simply enjoy being with your new love without having to run to the store.
This is a special time in your life that you will always remember. Be sure to soak up all of these meaningful moments as you get to know the new love of your life.
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