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Having a baby can be overwhelming BUT when you are walking out those doors to go home your like “OH SH*T!” Yep, you are officially on your own with a small baby. The thought can be terrifying. The thing is you can get through this. There are a lot of mom’s that have been there, just remember that and you will be okay!
The first week home is a little rough, I won’t sugarcoat it. You are trying to figure out how to be a new mom, while taking care of your lady bits. The sleep deprivation is no joke, and everything is all unorganized.
As a new mom, I have experienced this first hand and I’m going to share some important tips on how to survive the first week home with your newborn.
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SLEEP WHEN BABY SLEEPS
As a new mom, you want to watch your baby as he/she sleeps because you are just mesmerized by their cuteness or when they are sleeping you want to be cleaning. Nope! You should take advantage of them sleeping and get some sleep yourself. Trust me, you need it.
Take it from a mom who did not listen to this advice. I was dying! Sleep deprivation and the hormones that you are experiencing are not a good mix.
When it comes to the house, you can worry about that later. Forget folding the laundry, or cleaning the dishes, your health comes first. Happy mom means a happy baby! If you need to, get some help in cleaning the house so that your mind is at ease.
ASK FOR HELP
You are already a super mom for getting through labor, you don’t need to go home and try to be super mom and do everything by yourself. Ask for help! That first week is rough and having someone there to help you is wonderful.
Even if you don’t want to ask for people’s help in caring for your new little buddle of joy, there are many other things that they could help with. You could ask them if they would make some meals to bring over, maybe helping in cleaning the house or going shopping for you. Every little bit helps!
We were very blessed to have family that helped with almost everything. Everyone needs help once in a while, and there is nothing wrong with that.
Swaddling was an absolute lifesaver! The nurses at the hospital do teach you how to swaddle with a receiving blanket, but I must let you in on a secret. I never used receiving blankets to swaddle. I used this Halo SleepSack Swaddle for the first few months.
Newborns have what is known as the “Startle Reflex” and it can disturb them, so swaddling them keeps this from happening. Also, swaddling a newborn keeps them warm and toasty until their internal thermostat kicks in.
There is also the Ollie Swaddle that is complete perfection. It is a flexible 2-way swaddle that can help baby transition into the next phase. Your able to use it with arms in or arm out. The material is moisture-wicking fabric to reduce the risk of overheating. It also helps your newborn transition from the womb to the outside world and reduces the “Startle Reflex.” This swaddle is my favorite, and I plan to use it again when I decide to have another baby.
ITS OKAY TO NOT WANT PEOPLE OVER
It is fine to not want people over. Warning: there is a possibility of hurting people’s feelings BUT if you are not up for visitors, don’t be afraid to express that. Be polite and just explain to everyone that you are not up for visitors the first week, but they were more than welcome once you got settled and in a routine.
People of course should respect your feelings. You are trying to figure out motherhood for the first time, sleep deprivation is taking over, and your recovering from having a baby. Nobody can expect you to want to have people over to entertain.
Don’t let anyone make you feel bad either if you don’t want company. You’re learning to be a mom, this is your time!
TRACK FEEDINGS AND DIAPER CHANGES
There is so much going on in that first week so I would definitely recommend keeping tract of feedings, and how many wet and dirty diapers your newborn is making. This is something that will probably be asked at your babies first doctors visit so it is great to know.
My son experienced some issues and keeping track of everything helped the doctor in figuring out what was going on.
You’re also tired that first week so having it written down or in an app of when you fed baby last, or when the last diaper change happened can be helpful. The app that I used and recommend to track feeding and diaper changes is the Baby Tracker – Newborn Log.
There ya go! Some tips in surviving that first week home. If you have any tips you would like to share, comment below. Maybe I’m missing something that would be great for a first time mom.