You’ve gone through pregnancy labor and delivery and now you’re ready to go home and begin life with your baby. Once home though you might feel like you have no idea what you’re doing!
These tips can help even the most nervous firsttime parents feel confident about caring for a newborn in no time.
Getting Help After the Birth. Consider getting help during this time, which can be very hectic and overwhelming. While in the hospital talk to the experts around you. Many hospitals have feeding specialists or lactation consultants who can help you get started nursing or bottlefeeding. Nurses also are a great resource to show you how to hold burp change and care for your baby.
For inhome help you might want to hire a baby nurse postpartum doula or a responsible neighborhood teen to help you for a short time after the birth. Your doctor or the hospital can help you find information about inhome help and might make a referral to home health agencies. Relatives and friends often want to help too. Even if you disagree on certain things don’t dismiss their experience. But if you don’t feel up to having guests or you have other concerns don’t feel guilty about placing restrictions on visitors.