The pregnancy itself is something incredibly frightening to a lot of new parents, not to mention the idea of giving birth and all that comes with it. This makes parents so focused on this issue that they completely forget what comes next. What comes next is the rest of their newborn’s childhood, most of which they’ll have to spend in their first home. What you should keep in mind is that you can never get a second chance to make a great first impression, even if the person in question is just a couple of days old. Sure, life is about to change but the nature of this change depends on your ability to prepare and adapt. Here are several tips that could help you out.
1. Prepare a delicious meal for the family
The first thing you need to understand is the fact that, although your baby still can’t enjoy your cooking, they can sense the delicious smell spreading across the home. Even though your child may not be able to understand all that’s going on, these positive appeals to their senses will affect them in more ways than you can imagine. As for the food situation within your home, in general, it’s also a great idea to stock up on groceries and frozen food, seeing as how, during the first several days (while the adaptation process is still in the full swing) you won’t be able to go out much. Therefore, it’s quite smart to have this situation settled in the simplest and most efficient way.
2. Get some sleep
The biggest problem when it comes to welcoming a newborn baby is the fact that parents will still be confused about their share of responsibilities and their sleeping schedule. Sure, you miss sleeping in the same bed as your partner, but getting exhausted and suffering from sleep deprivation won’t do you any good (any of you). Instead, you need to make a sleeping schedule and make sure to take a nap in the furthest corner of the room. Then, once you’re rested, ready and reinvigorated, you can return the favor to your partner. Keep in mind that this is incredibly important for the baby. Having a well-rested parent is the simplest, easiest way for them to get in a great mood, as well. Not to mention that caring for newborn requires a lot of focus and focus requires you to be as alert as possible.
3. Plan the transportation
Another thing that just got a tad more complex is transportation. You see, even though you have the vehicle of adequate size, as well as the proper seat for the baby, this is not enough and you need to learn how to fasten the seat properly. In fact, it would be worth your while to do some research on the proper car seat safety tips just so that you know you’ve done everything right. Also, driving carefully is paramount, you shouldn’t be too tense. Remember, nothing’s changed and being too careful or too frightened might affect the way in which you drive which might not be that safe after all. One last thing, babies don’t have that well-developed immune system, which is why it’s important that you properly clean the vehicle before using it for their transportation.
4. Document everything
When it comes to your child’s early months and years, there will be some things that you can’t predict. There are some moments of toddler brilliance that you won’t be able to record, seeing as how they’ll be gone by the time you grab your phone. Then again, your baby’s first entry into your family home is something that you can count, which means that you’ll have an amazing chance to record a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just don’t focus too much on the recording to forget to enjoy the moment. This is a big day not just for them but for you, as well.
5. Make sure the place is immaculate
Nursery room needs to be prepared long before the baby arrives and all of their stuff need to be cleaned and in their rightful place. However, the rest of the home needs to be tidy and pleasing, as well. Keep in mind that a big moment such as this may have you all nervous, so the last thing you want to think about is the load in the dishwasher. Fortunately, this is something that you can tend to before you leave for the hospital or before your partner arrives. Sure, in these first days after they’ve (or you’ve) given birth, you might have more important things on your mind than grand cleaning. This is why it’s important to already have the place immaculate and do some light tidying up a couple of hours before they arrive.
6. A homecoming party?
Opinions on this particular issue are quite divided. You see, on the one hand, there’s the issue of this being a private matter (closest family only), then, there’s the desire to have everyone included. If you opt for the latter, you need to understand that the behavior of a newborn can be quite unpredictable and they may not like the crowd. Also, all the work you’ve invested in cleaning (what we’ve discussed in the previous section) will be undone in a matter of minutes. Still, seeing as how it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, it might just be worth to try and endure such a thing. On the other hand, you might have so much on your plate already that you’ll just want some peace and quiet.
One last thing, those who have other children need to understand that there’s a real danger that they’ll feel left out. This is something that you can’t allow to happen. The simplest way to defuse this situation is to make them in charge of something important related to the party or even make them into the star of the evening. First, this will ensure that they start on the right foot with their new sibling and second, their newborn sibling definitely won’t mind.