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The day you bring your babe home for the first time is exciting, to say the least. I can still vividly remember walking in the front door on a November afternoon. The sun was starting to set and my husband had Jacob in the car seat in the front corridor holding our pup back to welcome me. I was choking back tears, but physically couldn't cry because my smile was too wide. I was walking into a whole new life that I was anticipating for months. Actually, I've been anticipating this my whole life. I'm a mommy! We're new parents!
But on a real note, becoming a new parent can also be a bit overwhelming and scary. You have this new, little, fragile nugget that needs your undivided attention. Forever. Not that I didn't know what I signed up for, but actually becoming a new parent immediately makes you feel 1000% responsible for this precious life.
I wanted to share what made my first couple of days of motherhood easier and some products I couldn't live without. I also want to share things that I, in retrospect, wish I did.
- First and foremost, DO NOT BE IN A HURRY TO LEAVE THE HOSPITAL. We were discharged from the hospital 30 hours after delivery. We were so anxious to get home. But really, the longer you stay at the hospital, the longer you have the nurses to help and time for both parents to rest. You have time to ask questions and to learn what you can from medically qualified people. The nurses change all the diapers, teach you how to give baths, burp the baby, and guide you on how to breast feed. Some hospitals also have Lactation Consultants, if breastfeeding is what you choose to do. Also, get all the free stuff you can. They will give you baby items as well as feminine care items.
- Contact your medical insurance provider to see if you qualify for a free or discounted breast pump. Most insurances do provide one for you. I had to contact them after the baby was born to receive the pump. The sooner you get it, the better. Your milk supply can be extremely plentiful in the first couple of weeks, so pumping during that time will be highly beneficial for your breastmilk reserve.
- Fisher Price: Rock 'n' Play! This thing was a godsend! We used it for about 5-6 months. But most importantly, we used it the first night we brought the baby home. We were so nervous to have him lay anywhere while we, heaven forbid, fell asleep. The Rock 'n' Play was perfect and eased our mind. The baby fits snugly with no option to turn over and is nestled at a 45 degree angle that helps with digestion and reflux. It also has a vibration option that may soothe the baby. Some babies like it, some don't. In essence, it rocks back and forth, and is aesthetically appealing. I have a light grey and mint green, chevron print one. There's plenty other options depending on your color scheme of choice.
- Dr. Browns bottles are great! They come with "vents" to prevent air bubbles and reduce gas for babies. Definitely, my #1 pick.
- Halo Sleep Sack- I had my baby in November, and our house can get a bit chilly. Sleep sacks are a safe alternative to having the baby sleep with blankets or any other loose item.