Plan for Weeks at Home
Before your baby arrives, plan ahead to prepare for a smooth transition during the first few weeks at home. Here are some ways to prepare:
- Get a book on baby care to read and as a reference
- Attend the class "Beyond Birth Caring for Moms and Babies"
- Recruit help from family and friends. When people offer to help, give them something specific to do, such as making a meal, doing laundry or entertaining an older sibling for an afternoon. Put up a calendar and have people sign up to help out on certain days.
- A few weeks before your due date, go to the grocery store and stock up on non-perishables you'll need in the first few weeks at home
- Prepare meals and put them in the freezer
- Prepare as if you were going on vacation for several weeks. Pay your bills and catch up on other correspondence.
- Refrain from scheduling appointments or other social activities during the first few weeks you are home with the baby
- Complete projects that might seem overwhelming after the baby arrives
- Do some "nesting." Set up your home for comfort and convenience
- If you haven’t picked a name for the baby, now is the time to make a list of possibilities
For more information go to www.kidshealth.org.