It may be helpful to relate some of the many different needs and situations surrounding a newborn to common items you may find in your home.
Your baby may get sick, and if he or she does, it’s important to know when to take him or her to the doctor. If baby’s temperature goes over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you may need to call your baby’s caregiver.
You may have many people wishing you well; friends and relatives may want to pop in to visit you and your new baby. It is important to be clear with everyone what your boundaries are and when you will or will not want visitors after the birth of your baby.
After birth, women experience what is known as lochia. Lochia is bleeding, similar to that of a menstrual period that may last up to six weeks. It is important that while experiencing lochia, the woman should not use tampons, and should regularly change pads to prevent toxic shock syndrome.
With a new baby in the home, parents may be exhausted. It’s important for the parents to catch sleep whenever they can. This may mean sleeping or taking naps whenever the baby is.
It is important for a couple to decide prior to birth who is responsible for cleaning and keeping up with the house after birth. Most often, this is the woman’s partner, allowing her the time she needs to rest and recover.
It is important for parents to keep connected with family members and friends and avoid isolating themselves. New parents should have a good support network in place to help them if they need it.
It is important to take time as a couple, even after the birth of a new baby. Going on dinner dates is a great way to spend some time together, and you may even feel comfortable bringing your new baby with you.
It is important to remember, that once sexual intercourse has resumed after the initial six week waiting period, that contraceptives should be discussed. Breastfeeding may offer some protection from pregnancy, however, it is not foolproof, and if the couple is hoping to avoid a pregnancy for the time being, it is important to be proactive in regards to birth control.
Many mothers experience the baby blues, or post-partum depression. It is important to recognize the signs and seek treatment if it’s needed.
If the mother is breastfeeding, using a pacifier for her baby may be confusing for the baby and cause nipple confusion. Nipple confusion may lead to other breastfeeding problems.
A burnt match
Sometimes new parents try to do too much. Parents are not superheroes, and should remember not to burn themselves out.
The cost of a baby can be something that stresses many new parents out. It’s important to figure out a budget when preparing for a new baby, and discuss whether or not both parents will be working after the baby is born.
A new baby is exciting and parents don’t want to miss a moment. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures as your child grows and develops.
Many women feel unattractive or “flabby” after giving birth. After talking to their care provider, a woman may want to begin a healthy diet and exercise routine to help shed pregnancy weight. Breastfeeding also helps a woman lose weight.