You've Delivered. Now What? New Resource for Newborns
I confess. My husband caught me in the act, naked from the waist up. It was about aweek after my son was born and there I was standing in the nursery sneakily using baby wipes to, er, freshen up—it was the closest I had been able to get to an actual shower in days. I was just attacking the all important arm pits when my husband walked in. I quickly covered myself in shame. After he picked up his jaw off the floor he ordered me into the shower and said he would go into the office late and take care of our now crying baby. But the intermittent baby yelps meant it was feeding time, so unless he could sprout mammary glands in the next five minutes, he was absolutely useless. Besides, by this point I had convinced myself that my son had grown to recognize me by my distinct odor and I didn’t want to throw him off with some fresh smelling stranger.
It was on that day, and in his shock (which I’m not sure has ever completely worn off) that my husband (now “wasband”) was forced to accept the one universal truth about mommyhood—sometimes the overwhelming, where-does-it-end, non-stop, up at dawn, last-one-to-bed nature of it all drives competent, successful, and typically extremely hygienic women to do some very desperate things.
The truth is, managing a newborn is challenging. And sometimes downright scary (a joyous scary, however). And that is why you need all the help you can get. Whether it comes from friends, family or well-written expert advice from trusted doctors, or even better, a board of doctors like the American Academy of Pediatrics. That’s why I was so excited to hear about the recent release of the second edition of Heading Home With Your Newborn, the award-winning handbook published by the AAP.
This book is serious stuff.
One of the things I love most about the book is that the co-authors are not just respected doctors, but they are moms themselves, ladies who have been there done that. One of the mom authors is Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP who is the medical editor in chief of HealthyChildren.org and the Living Well health expert for CNN. The other author is Laura Jana, MD, FAAP, is the cofounder of The Dr. Spock Company and serves on the advisory board of American Baby magazine. So the book offers both “parent-tested and pediatrician approved advice. Win-win.
It covers everything from swaddling, your baby’s appearance, and what to expect in the poop department to properly dressing baby, your sleeping habits and tips for, gasp!, possibly leaving the house! It also includes updated info on car safety seats, cord blood, organic formulas, post partum depression and what to keep in your medicine cabinet.
This is the book for your nightstand and to keep handy in your nursery for easy reference.
Surprisingly, I didn’t find my wet-wipe-as-substitute-shower tip in the book, but I’ll keep reading. You can get more info at the official AAP website for parents, www.HealthyChildren.org