The first day at home can be very stressful. Even though it should be a very exciting time for the family, there are several factors that can make the day worse:
- A mother may be tired after hospital stay
- Father may be trying to find the best way to help, but just don’t know what to do
- Family members and friends will want to come and visit the newborn
- If there are already children at home, they will also want attention
There is no magic formula that helps this day get better. This is a huge transition if you already have as many children as you have if you don’t have children for all family members. The mother has just gone through a huge physical change, and the newborn baby is learning a completely new life. Don’t be hard on each other or on yourself. It’s an important transition, and it’s better to work together.
Here are some tips to prepare you for this day:
- Organize yourself in advance. It is a good idea for the father to take the week after the vacant birth so that he can help his wife with the transition.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help from someone else, maybe the grandparents can come help or even your siblings. Some women prefer to ask for help from someone who specializes in this or even hires someone to clean up.
Make sure you plan meals for at least the first day, and even the first week before you give birth to remove some stress.
- Give attention to other children too if you have them. If the child is old enough, he can even help you with certain tasks.