Bringing Your Newborn Home
Everything you need to know about brining your Newborn home.
If you’re due to have your first child, it’s likely that the moment you are looking forward to most is bringing your newborn home. Bringing home, a new family member can be a very exciting and overwhelming experience. You probably feel like you have no idea what you’re in for! This is why we have put together the 5 main things you can expect when bringing home your newborn.
Your home will be fuller
We say this in the most metaphorical and literal way at the same time! Your home will be completely full of baby stuff and you will be very busy both day and night. Keep in mind though, this isn’t a bad thing and also means your house is going to be so much fuller of all the most important things in life – love, laughter and joy.
Time will fly
If you ask any new parent, they will tell you the saying is true – time flies when you’re having fun (and very busy!) So, keep in mind, that the pace of time in your home will be quite different to when you were pregnant. In fact, during the last trimester, time goes very slowly, which makes the newborn experience feel even faster! The only advice we have here is to cherish every moment, take photos and take time for yourself even if it is only a few minutes of down time.
Sleeping in intervals
If there is one thing you should be prepared for most, it may be the sleeping pattern of newborns. It’s important to keep in mind that all newborns are different also. Some newborns sleep through the night very quickly and some take up to a year to do so. No matter your situation, your baby will need to feed at least every 4-5 hours, so learning how-to sleep-in intervals is an important skill to have. If you’re tired and bub has just fallen asleep, practice getting straight into bed and relaxing instead of focusing on household chores or errands – they can wait.
You won’t know what day or time it is
You’ll simply have to get used to this one and to be frank – it’s the least of your concern. You don’t need a watch or clock in the first two weeks of your newborn being home.
Help will be your best friend
Taking as much help as you can get in the first couple of weeks of your newborn being home is very important. You (and your partner, if they have stayed home from work) will need as much help as you can get. If your mother in law asks to come help while you and your partner sleep – don’t hesitate about the dynamic of the situation – go ahead and accept the offer and get some rest! You will be better for it, we promise.