Be Ready by Planning Ahead
The secret to having a smooth transition to bringing your new baby home is the organizing you do beforehand. As hectic as the days seem before labor begins, they’re like a day at the beach compared to your first weeks with the baby at home. Here are a few tips to help keep those early days serene.
- Make lists and post them in your kitchen. Where is the all-night pharmacy or store that sells things such as newborn diapers? What’s the number for a breast feeding support group? Who can you call to walk the dog when you can’t get out because the baby is finally sleeping?
- Buy some healthy frozen dinners for evenings when you and your partner are both too tired to cook. Don’t skip meals; you’re still eating for two. Speaking of food, stock up on “one-hand” food that you can nosh on while breastfeeding.
- Build a support team of family and friends. Ask for a specific favor from each one. People want to help but can’t read your mind.
Your recovery is a priority. Nap when the baby naps for now. Eventually, you’ll both be sleeping through the night.