The first night after bringing your baby home will probably be the most daunting night of your life. You spend months preparing yourself for the birth. But not as much emphasis is put on preparing yourself for the first night. This can leave many new mothers feeling scared and nervous about what they should be doing after they leave the comfort of the hospital. So instead of leaving everything to the last minute, use this guide to help you plan and get organised before your baby arrives.
Plan what you’re doing for dinner
It’s likely that you or your partner will want to cook after such a long couple of days. Plus your local shops may be shut if you arrive home at night or on a Sunday. So plan ahead and make sure your kitchen is stocked up with plenty of food. You could even cook a meal and freeze it beforehand. All you would then have to do is defrost it. Alternatively, you might just want to order a takeaway. The majority of takeaways are open till late and offer a wide variety of food for you to choose from. So get some menus and store them in a safe place so you can call them as soon as you get home.
Keep visitors to a minimum
While your friends and family will be desperate to see your baby, try to discourage them from coming. Having your entire family round will unintentionally create a loud and busy atmosphere. This can keep the baby awake and stop you from getting the rest you need. So only have one or two on this first night so you can create a calm and quiet environment to avoid any disruptions. Keep their visiting time to a couple of hours maximum so you don’t overexert yourself.
Make sure your bed is comfortable
It’s likely that you will be desperate for a good night’s sleep after giving birth. Your baby will also need plenty of rest too, so try to make your bedroom a soothing and peaceful space. Make sure your bed has plenty of pillows, blankets and soft sheets. This will boost the comfort factor and ease some of the discomforts you may be experiencing as a result of giving birth. You may find that you are constantly waking up throughout the night to check up on your child. It may take some time to drift off if your baby’s cot is too far away. So invest in a Snuzpod by Little Green Sheep, which will give you both a better night’s sleep by ensuring you are close to one another. Even when you have to wake up to breastfeed or comfort your baby, having a luxurious feeling bed will make all the difference.
Using these ideas and suggestions will make you feel ready to tackle your first night at home being a new mother. While we cannot predict how your baby will react to their new surroundings, having these things in place will help you. Now, instead of dreading this first night, you can actually start looking forward to it instead.