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Bringing Home Your Newborn: 5 Tips For A Smooth Transition

New parents are often on cloud nine after the birth of their new baby. However, as the excitement of this time begins to die down, many parents are left feeling overwhelmed about how they will take care of their new son or daughter once they return home.

Luckily there are a variety of steps that you can take in order to make the transition home as stress-free as possible.

Prepare Older Siblings

While bringing home a newborn is a big change for you as the parent, this time can be even more stressful on older siblings. Try to prepare your other children for what life will be like after their baby sister or brother comes home. Once your new baby has arrived, be sure to spend extra alone time with your older children and take steps to involve them with activities related to the new baby.

Discuss Visitors with Your Partner

Once your new baby arrives, it is likely that friends and family will want to stop by to check out your new addition. However, it is important that you and your partner come to an agreement on a visiting schedule before you head home.

Let potential visitors know that you might need time to adjust once you return home before you are ready for visitors. You may wish to request that they hold off on visiting until you let them know that you are ready.

Have Your Baby Essentials Ready

To better prepare yourself for your new arrival, have all of the important items that you will need to care for your baby ready and waiting for you at home. Some of the items that you should consider include the following:

  • Burp rags
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Onesies and nightgowns
  • Swaddling blankets
  • Bottles, formula, or breastfeeding supplies
  • Bassinette
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