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Tips From the Experts: Checklist for Bringing Home Baby
Congratulations! You’ve brought baby home in his or her “coming home from the hospital” outfit and doesn’t s/he look adorable?! Reality has set in and it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of taking care of your precious angel.
Do you have everything you need? Sure, you have the nursery decked out and all kinds of beautiful outfits in the closet, but what else do you have? Chances are you have most, if not all, of the following essentials, but let’s make sure you have the absolute must-haves:
1. Assuming you are breastfeeding, get a good breast pump. It’s a good idea to have a lactation consultant at the hospital teach you how to use it – you’ll be glad you did! (If you are unable to breastfeed for whatever reason, have lots of bottles and formula recommended by your pediatrician).
2. A nursing pillow such as a “Boppy.” It’s multipurpose and you’ll use it for a long time to come.
3. Diaper rash cream. You can count on some diaper rashes and the last thing you want is a miserable little one in the middle of the night.
4. Would you like to take a shower one day soon? Then make sure you have a good swing. It’s just possible that if you find yourself without your partner or someone else to watch the baby, the swing might be the only way you get those few minutes. You can find small swings that can fit in the bathroom.
5. If you are not lucky enough to get a shower, then have some no-water shampoo available. It’s amazing how much more human you will feel if you’ve used some of that!
6. Lots and lots and lots of diapers. If you are using cloth diapers, they will make awesome burp cloths, too. There are many local diaper services.
7. A baby monitor. This will make it possible for you to let your baby sleep in their crib in another room without too much trauma (experienced by you).
8. Baby carrier and/or wrap. Carrying your baby with you everywhere you go bonds you both – nothing beats being close to each other.
9. A stocked fridge and pantry. The last thing you want to worry about is meals. If you cook, make meals ahead of time and freeze them. Make sure that your partner or someone else has made a trip to the market to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies. You’ll want to eat when you’re hungry and make the time to eat (trust us, you might only get a minute). This way, you can grab something healthy, quickly.
10. A sense of humor. You’ll get peed on, pooped on, spit up on. You’ll suddenly realize it’s been 3 days since you showered. Your mother-in-law will tell you that you are doing almost everything wrong. The neighbor will act hurt when you tell him the baby is sleeping and would prefer they come later. Your sister will compare what a good baby hers was and how fussy yours is.
Your partner may drive you nuts. He or she may not help enough, or perhaps may be too “helpful.”
We know of one mom who decided to answer every bit of unsolicited advice and criticism with “would you like some bean dip?” For example, “You are co-sleeping? That’s so dangerous!” Her reply: “Yes. Would you like some bean dip?” “Oh, let the baby cry. You are going to spoil her.” Her reply: “No, thanks. Would you like some bean dip?” You get the idea.
Hopefully, the above list is helps you be prepared. If not, we love bean dip, thank you for offering!