Bringing Your Newborn Baby Home

Being prepared is crucial.

 

Car seat

Make sure you have familiarized yourself with your baby’s car seat. You should know how it is installed in the car and the pram, and what direction it should be facing. Most infant car seats these days are made rear-facing, with the option of facing forwards once the baby has reached a certain weight. Do use your car seat when you take your baby home from the hospital. It is by far the safest method.

 

Being organised

Make sure your house is clean when you take your baby home and that the nursery is ready. All clothes should be washed before putting them on the baby. It is also a good idea to change your baby’s nappy in one place, so that all the necessary equipment is there where and when you need it and you do not have to search the entire house for the bum cream.

 

Safety first

Do baby-proof your home; you can do this in stages for as your baby grows so safety needs change.

 

Hot drinks and babies

Be careful when drinking hot drinks so that you do not accidentally spill hot liquid on your baby. Newborns often make sudden movements which might bump the hand holding the cup.

 

Meals

It is important to keep your energy up, so eat well. It is a good idea to prepare as many meals as you can before you become a mom, as it is difficult to find the time and inclination to cook once you are looking after a newborn. Ask for help, if you need it.

 

Introducing pets to your baby

It is important to introduce pets to the new addition to the family. Allow your pets to see and smell your baby. Pets generally adapt quite easily to newborn babies.