You have been waiting for this moment for what seems like forever. You’ve spent hours researching, read a million articles, and taken a birth class. Suddenly, you have an amazing, precious baby in your arms. You have discovered a love you didn’t know was possible. Now what? This baby is 100% dependent upon you. Providing full-time care for a brand new baby can be a daunting prospect but have no fear – with a little planning you can do it!
First things first – arrange your priorities. The basics of caring for a baby include keeping them safe, clean, and fed. In order for this to happen you will need plenty of rest. A rested mom stays healthier and can better care for baby. Let the housework go for a while or ask for help from friends and family members.
Having a trusted support network is also important. Put a sign on the door asking people to keep their visits short or to help with dishes or laundry before leaving. I know it’s hard for some of you to live with a messy house, so make arrangements beforehand to have others help. Hire a house cleaner for a couple of months. Better yet, ask for a few house cleaning visits on your baby shower registry. Having meals prepared before baby arrives, or allowing others to bring in healthy meals for your family helps tremendously.
Keeping baby safe means ensuring you are properly cared for, rested, and healthy. Be gentle with yourself in these early days. Take time to heal and sleep. Even if it seems like you aren’t doing much, you are doing a lot. Caring for a newborn is a huge job! Be sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating as healthy as possible. Take time for yourself each day, even if it’s just a nice hot shower. Visitors are always happy to hold a baby while you shower. A little rejuvenation time will do wonders for your mental health.
Doulas don’t just help during labor and birth! At Care for Mom Doula Services, we also provide support after birth in your home and through our postpartum support groups. Please contact us to learn more about our services.
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