You need to be organized and plan ahead, so that when the time comes, it will be easy to bring your new baby home from the hospital. Having a new baby in the house is a big adjustment which may not be as stressful if you already have children, but it still requires some planning to make the transition easier. Remember that you will want to focus on the baby and what the baby needs so expect to not be getting much sleep. With this in mind, it is a good plan to have everything well prepared before the special day comes.
Have a Pediatrician Ready
It is a good idea to choose a pediatrician before your baby leaves the hospital and find out their emergency number so that if there are any problems or if you have any concerns over your child’s health, you can simply call their office.
Have Meals Prepared
Having some meals made and frozen ahead of time, so that you will not have to cook for a couple of days after returning home, is an excellent way to take the pressure off you and the rest of the household. This will make your life easier and less chaotic as you adjust to the presence and needs of the baby and no doubt you will have friends or family who want to help and will be more than happy to contribute.
Have the House Ready
You may also want to make sure all your laundry is up to date as well and if you have your own washing machine and dryer then this should be quite easy to do, otherwise head down to the nearest laundromat. Once you are home with your baby, you will not want to be spending a lot of time trying to wash clothes, at least not for the first couple of days! Your fridge will need to have space for formula or breast milk; if you can have someone clean it out and prepare space, then that’s a great idea. You can of course clean it out yourself and have everything prepared but don’t be afraid to take willing friends and family up on any offers of help. Cleaning the house and having it as tidy as possible is also important as babies are very vulnerable to germs. Make sure anything you will be using to feed the baby, such as bottles or parts of breast pumps, are sterilized and ready for use.
Prepare the Nursery
Your baby’s nursery or crib should also be prepared ahead of time, so that you do not have to rush out and buy something last minute. You probably should not take the baby shopping with you while it is still so young so if you can have everything sorted out ahead of time it will benefit you both. You need to buy an outfit for the baby to wear on the day you bring it home and make sure you have clothes to wear on the big day too! With a bit of organization and planning using these tips, you should find it easier and less stressful to bring your baby home from the hospital.