Bringing home a newborn can be a very daunting experience for many new parents. It seems there’s a common though pattern, something along the lines of ‘So what do we do now?’ While there are countless books concerning this huge step, you might find that no matter how much you try to prepare, it all goes out the window when you’re actually experiencing it for yourself. Here are a couple of quick pointers to help you.
One of the most important things to remember is to remain calm! There’s no sense in getting flustered and stressed because something occurs that you aren’t sure how to handle. Take a deep breath, and if you can, call someone who has the experience to give you some advice on the matter at hand. If that’s not possible, get on the net. Google is a new parent’s bestie in times of dire straits, whatever the issue may be.
Whether you’ve had a natural birth or caesarean section, either way there is recovery that needs to happen. You need to surround yourself with things that simplify your life and reduce the amount of stress you put on your body for a while to come. Consider setting your home up with things like a breastfeeding chair and heat packs for any back pain that may arise. The more comfy and relaxed you are, the better you’ll recover, so this is vital to remember.
It is of course a wonderfully happy time for the parents, and by extension it can be very exciting for close friends and family members. But when you’re tired from night feeding and tending to your crying bundle of joy for what can be hours at a time, you need time to yourself to rest. Those close to you will understand wholeheartedly if you explain to them that you’re unavailable for an afternoon to catch up on some well-deserved sleep.
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