So, you've been carrying your baby with you for 9 months and the little prince or princess is almost ready to grace the world with their presence. Before this happens, you should try as much as possible to prepare for your baby's homecoming not only for their comfort but also for your own peace of mind. Here are a few tips you should consider when preparing for your baby's homecoming.
- Have someone thoroughly clean the house the week you are due. Coming home to a spotless house after your hospital stay will ensure that baby is in a hygienic environment and that you don't have to worry about cleaning the house thoroughly for a while.
- Make and freeze enough food for a few days after baby. Many women find it difficult to jump back into the kitchen after the birth of their baby. In some Eastern cultures, it is actually considered taboo for a woman to cook right after she has had a baby. So unless you have a personal chef on hand, pre-pack some food that you can easily pick from the freezer and heat it.
- Wash your baby's clothes. You probably bought a few new clothes for your baby. Wash and iron them before you go to the hospital making sure to rinse them twice to remove all the detergent.
- Make sure you have a car seat for your drive home from the hospital. Car seats for babies at this age are rear-facing. Try out fixing it to your back seat ahead of time and adjusting it beforehand. If your baby is premature or has spent time in the ICU, take the seat to the hospital and ask if it is suitable for them.
- Get someone to stay with you for the first few days or a couple of weeks. Those first few weeks are filled with a flurry of emotion and are most crucial in determining the mother’s emotional health after delivery. Often times, women feel overwhelmed with the whole situation and can easily fall into a depressed state. Having someone you love and trust to help you out with the baby and chores and just offer a sounding board really helps.
- Speak to your partner and family about limiting the number of guests you have at first. As mentioned, the first few weeks are pretty delicate, and you wouldn't want to spend all that time hosting guests. Both you and baby need that much-deserved rest when you get home from the hospital. Also, if your baby is sensitive, they may react to guests perfume, lotion or whatever else, so you want to limit their exposure those first few weeks.
- Ease into the routine. Buy and read books about settling into a routine with the baby so that when he comes, you can easily find what works for you. As a general guide, try to sleep when your baby sleeps so you can regain your energy faster and be able to take care of the baby if they are awake at night.