Having a baby is, without a doubt, one of the most rewarding and thrilling experiences out there. Being able to create and bring an entirely new life into this world is a true wonder, and after all those months of waiting, getting to meet your new boy or girl is one of the most heartwarming things that you will ever experience.
Once you have your baby and the hospital deems him or her okay to take home, you will be on your way to introduce your baby to the place they will now be calling home. However, bringing your baby to your home can be a rather frightening experience. Being a new parent can be extremely challenging, as the responsibilities you now have are unlike any other you’ve ever known. However, as scary as things might be, you can handle this!
When you first bring your baby home for their very first day at your house or apartment, you might not be entirely sure what to do or expect. We’re well aware of this, and in an effort to help this process be as easy and pain-free as possible, we’ve constructed a list of different things to do with your baby’s first day home. We’re not going to list every single thing here on this list, but we’re going to talk about some of the most important things to keep in mind when you bring your new bundle of joy home for the very first time.
Frequently feed your baby
Newborns are incredibly hungry little things, and when you bring them home for the first time, you might not be entirely aware as to just how often they need to eat. When you first bring your baby home, you will need to feed them 1 to 3 ounces of milk quite often. As a general rule of thumb, most babies require feeding – either by bottle or breast – every 2 or 3 hours. However, depending on your baby, you might have to feed even more often. No baby is the same, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeding your newborn more often than those 2 to 3 hours.
Don’t freak out over crying
It’s only natural for your baby to cry. It might not be pleasant, and after a while, it can even become a bit annoying. However, when your baby cries, they’re trying to tell you something! Often times, when a baby cries, they’re trying to tell you that they’re hungry. If you hear you’re little one start to wail or cry, try feeding him or her. More often than not, this will subdue their sadness as they fill their empty little stomach.
Ensure that burps are frequently taking place
Every baby burps, and while some are able to do this entirely on their own, others require a bit of assistance from their parents. After you feed your baby, you might notice that they will become a bit fussy or agitated. If this is the case, that’s their way of telling you that they need to be burped. Some will need to be burped every time they feed, while others won’t need it quite as often. Once again, the frequency of this is entirely dependent on your own baby.
Have plenty of diapers at hand
If you choose to breastfeed your baby, expect them to have wet diapers at least 5 times throughout the day. If you opt to feed them with a formula, that number could be as many as 10 times a day. In any case, what we’re trying to get at is the fact that you’re going to need to keep plenty of diapers on hand at all times. It’s very common for newborn babies to wet their diapers numerous times throughout the day, so on their first day at their home, make sure that you have plenty diapers for them in stock. Bringing your new baby home can be a bit scary at first, and that’s extremely understandable. There’s a whole new world for your child to explore and get familiar with at your home, but there are also a heap of things that you need to keep in mind. That first day at your home with your newborn can turn stressful very easily, but by following these tips, you can hopefully make it as pain-free as possible.
We’re not guaranteeing that these tips will make for a perfect transition, but they should allow things to go as smoothly as possible.