Parents-to-be can get so wrapped up in preparing for the birth of their little bundle of joy, it’s easy to overlook what happens next!
In the hospital, you’re in the safe hands of medical professionals, but as soon as you walk out that door with your new bundle of joy, you’re on your own!
That’s why Being Pregnant by Babble has come up with this handy ‘keep-it-in-your-pocket’ guide to preparing for your first postpartum week.
And as a new dad myself, I whole-heartedly endorse it!
Here’s what you need:
1) Some Help
“You shouldn’t do this on your own if you can possibly avoid it. Get someone to help you out — your husband, your mom, your best friend, someone! You will need them to help you with meals, basic chores.”
2) Lots of clean baby things
“That means clothes, diapers, burp cloths, etc. Wash your entire stash before the baby comes and keep them near you. It’s nice to have a cloth to grab if your baby spits up, plus an extra outfit if needed. Just keep them close.”
“You’ll get bored at some points. You’re tired of sleeping, or you can’t sleep (because baby needs you) but you can’t do anything else either. Have books, magazines, a TV, your laptop, a friend…something to entertain you.”
4) A Breast Pump
“If you’re breastfeeding, obviously. It’s possible that your baby may struggle to latch on, and a pump might save you from supplementing (and making the problem worse).”
5) Clean, soft, loose clothes for you
“You will not feel like wearing your usual clothes yet. You probably won’t even be able to. Just wear something comfortable. And have extra clothes around in case you do bleed on them…or your baby spits up on you.”
HollyMoms, do these tips sound right to you? What other tips would you add?
Share them with us in the comments section below.
— Ian Garland