It's always the most cherishing time, when you welcome your little one back home. It’s a “this is it” moment for you and your spouse. Especially a victory feeling for the mother, who has survived and fought good and bad times during the 9 months of pregnancy and the tiresome labour pain.
Once home, though, you frantically realize you have no idea what you're doing!
· Talk to experts-Always speak to doctors, lactation consultants or feeding specialists to guide you how to feed your baby. Remember, it takes time to get it right. So don’t worry or push the panic button. Its always advisable to learn feeding the baby correctly before you et discharged from the hospital.
· You definitely need help-Ensure you have either your mother or mother-in law or your close relatives to be besides you once you are back home. They can act as guiding force and a great moral support for you.
· You should take care of yourself- always note, that you should be taking care of yourself all the time. Feeding drains and takes away a lot of energy. Keep yourself always hydrated and happy. Remember first two months will be very tiring, as baby takes time to adjust. You will be sleep deprived. There are times when you may feel frustrated or depressed, take things in your stride. Look at your baby’s sweet angelic face and I am sure you will be able to surpass all your worries.
· How to handle your newborn baby- Always wash your hands or use hand Sanitizers before touching your little one. Be very strict and insist on cleaning hands even to your guests before they carry the baby, which will enable to maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Newborns are prone to get infections, so always maintain hygiene.
· Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.
· Be careful and do not shake the baby. Newborns are very fragile, delicate.
· Bonding is of utmost importance. Physical touch of the mother and baby is very important. The babies feel more secured with mother’s body warmth. Always remember to burp your baby after every feed. Don’t worry too much. Keep blabbering, talking to your child. Most of the children enjoy it.
Enjoy parenting and have a great time!