You Must Read This Article Before Bringing Home Baby. This Will Help You!
Surely every parent is waiting for the moment when they have been bringing the baby home. And it doesn’t matter if this is a newborn who has just been born, or will be brought later, or if it is an adopted child – this remains an important event for mom and dad.
This event must be taken seriously to avoid discomfort for the child, as well as other possible problems during transportation and settling in a new place of residence. But what is the right way to do it and survive the first week with the baby? Now we will tell you in detail about all the important details of this event.
Bringing newborn home from the hospital
Usually, completely healthy babies born on time (that is if the pregnancy lasted more than 37 weeks) can go home as early as 1-2 days after giving birth. But if the baby is premature, or has any other health problems or during birth, then it will be possible to go home after a few days/weeks. During babies’ first days, the child will be constantly monitored by doctors, and, accordingly, treated if necessary. If your baby was born before 34 weeks, doctors will recommend that you stay for a while to send the baby to a special apparatus, where he will stay until his immunity allows him to go home.
During the baby’s first days of life and your hospital stay, doctors will examine your child. A healthy child should have:
- Optimal temperature level;
- Not have a high risk of developing jaundice;
- The ability to consume mother’s milk and empty;
- Necessary vaccinations for babies and more.
If the baby is premature, other tests will be performed on him. The main ones include:
- Normalized breathing;
- Stable temperature (should not be high);
- Good bodyweight (the child should not continue to lose weight, or gain weight too quickly);
- The ability to eat normally.
Other tests can also be added here, depending on the date of birth of the child.
In addition, doctors will examine the baby’s mother herself. Here they will check for possible complications after childbirth and general well-being. After all these checkups and days, you can hit the road and have been bringing your newborn home.
Also, you will need to bring a change of clothing with you before leaving the hospital. It isn’t necessary to take your entire wardrobe with you, especially if the weather changes. Ask your partner to bring clothes for both you and the baby the night before. You won’t be in the shape you were before giving birth. Therefore, you should take the free top and the bottom with an elastic band or strings. It should be understood that the child should not be wrapped up too much if it is not winter. Try to give him clothes that are as comfortable and comfortable as possible, or just swaddle him up, and you can change him at home. It is imperative that if it is already cold outside or there is wind, don’t forget to wear a hat. Also, try not to pinch all the ties and blankets too much to avoid choking, and the baby will feel comfortable.
Bringing home baby: travel to the place of arrival
Driving home in a car is highly recommended. You do not need to walk home so that it is not hard for you and the child too. If you are unable to go by car or ask your friends about it, just call a taxi. It is not recommended to take the child on public transport, because there may be sick people, or the child may be accidentally hurt. Also, during the trip, you do not need to go too fast to avoid sharp turns and potential holes. In the baby’s first days, this is not particularly recommended.
Also, in the baby’s first week it is recommended to keep the baby in your arms during transport. In addition, before birth, you can take care of buying a child car seat to make your trip as safe as possible. There are two types of these chairs. The former is suitable for babies weighing between 21 and 35 pounds. The latter can be suitable for both babies and older children. Such chairs can be transformed very simply. It is important to know that many pediatricians recommend that you carry your child in a car seat with a rearward-facing seat until about two years of age.
Before buying a car seat, you must make sure of its quality. If you borrow a chair from a friend, make sure that it is no more than 5 years old and that it has not been damaged in accidents. Also, the date of manufacture and model of the product must be indicated on each part. With this information, you will be able to read reviews of the product, as well as ensure that its useful life has not yet come to an end.
Once you have decided on the choice of a chair, you can safely bring home newborns, comfortably, and reliably. Always use it if your child will be taking part in the trip.
What do you need to know about baby’s first days home?
It’s okay if you have strange feelings when bringing the newborn home after birth. You can be nervous about this, especially if this is your first child. You may be intimidated by such changes. But don’t be afraid of this, because if you feel fear, it will be more difficult for you to cope with the child. Of course, a first week home with a baby can change your way of life.
At the beginning of the baby’s first weeks, it will be difficult for you, because the baby will have an unregulated sleep and nutrition schedule. After a while, everything will fall into place. And when you’re already in tune with the routine, it will be easier for you to make other urgent plans. At the same time, you don’t need to do only household chores and cooking. Take time to take care of yourself. This is how you can relax and be in a good mood. In addition, don’t forget to pay attention to your partner. He may feel left out if you only pay attention to the baby.
Also, the postpartum condition may not be the best. You may be exhausted, physically impaired, or have symptoms of illness at all. Here, your hormones will begin to normalize, which will also affect your well-being.
If you already have children or pets, they may not be very happy about bringing a baby home book either. This familiarization period is also stressful, but still, it cannot be escaped in any way.
Your baby’s first weeks will cry a lot. This is what will be most difficult. According to statistical studies, a newborn baby’s first week can cry from 1 to 5 hours during the day and it’s not always possible to calm them down. But after a while, the number of hours will decrease, and after a few months, you will simply remember such a period of your child.
When to see a doctor?
Baby’s first days home, you must carefully monitor his health and state of health. If you see very old and painful symptoms, you can contact your pediatrician. If possible, just write to him, or call. Don’t come to the hospital again on the baby’s first day. Also, you should consult a doctor if:
- The child has a temperature above 38 degrees Celsius;
- Dehydration (no tears are produced, diapers do not get wet for 6-8 hours, and more);
- It is difficult to wake the child up after sleeping;
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Prolonged diarrhea.
We are confident that after reading, you will be more confident in your abilities when you bring the baby to your family and home. Good luck!
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