You’ve no doubt been dreaming about your baby for months: what he or she will look like, whether he or she will be laid-back like their dad or a Type A like you. But chances are, if it’s your first child, you don’t know much about taking care of a newborn.
Well, we’ve been there, with everything you need to know to care for yourself as well as your baby in those exciting but often frustrating first weeks. Let’s get started!
First Things First
How to get motherhood off to a great start while you’re still in the hospital.
Have your newborn “room in” with you rather than stay in the hospital nursery, and ask the nurses not to offer him anything in a bottle. Even if the baby doesn’t actually latch on you can squeeze the yellowish colostrum—the precursor to real breast milk that’s packed with immune-boosting nutrients—directly into his mouth. For more information, here are many groups on fb and also Clare Boyle in Cork is a wonderful Lactation Consultant.
Stall the Visitors
Family and friends will want to visit as soon as possible, but you may want to keep them at bay for a bit so that you and your partner can spend time alone with your baby. Because a newborn is usually alert and receptive immediately after birth, it’s the perfect time to bond, so look him in the eyes and talk to him. He knows your voice from being in your body and may find it soothing.
Dress Your Baby Right
A cute going-home outfit is irresistible, but remember that babies cannot regulate their body temperature until they’re about 6 months old. So dress your newborn carefully. Generally, he should wear the same amount of clothing as you, indoors or outdoors. Don’t overbundle him—sweating can cause him to become chilled. Layers are a good way to go.
Just some of our tips - Keep posted for more.....
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