Bringing Baby Home :)

20120429_141112When you have your baby you just cannot wait to get home!

You are filled with longing to be snuggled up at home with your new family.

So once you say goodbye to the midwives and the maternity hospital and get your precious little bundle home, close the doors behind you and sit down with a cup of tea ‘the fear‘ sets in….

What am I supposed to do now?

Who thought I would be an appropriate person to steer the course for this helpless little one?

HELP, I am simply not ready for this!!!

I remember our first evening at home,watching television, myself and my partner kept looking over at the moses basket in the corner and saying ‘There is someone over there you know?’ Gulp.

So first things first!

Yes it is scary but it is also exciting.

Yes you are filled with doubt but you also have amazing instinct.

Yes babies are delicate and soft but they are also virtually unbreakable!

And finally you are ABSOLUTELY ready for this!

OK, so all the books say establish a routine, this is very important for baby and Mum and Dad for that matter.Very true, routine is crucial to creating a happy,confident and self-led little person but, NOT on day one,week one or even month one!

What is crucial from day one:

Suit yourself, co-sleep/use a moses basket, breast feed/bottle feed, get dressed/stay in your jammies all day, tackle the housework/ignore it for the next 6 months. Your decisions will inevitably be right for your family.

Expect tears, not only your own, babies cry a lot too, it is their only way to communicate and they have an awful lot to contend with getting used to the noisy world outside your womb!

Stop clock watching, day and night will blur and all you need to do in these very early days is keep yourselves fed, watered and rested. : )

Make no plans to give or receive visits. Visitors will show up but have ‘Dad’ prepared to keep visits short, ushering visitors to the door after 15 minutes or so.

Accept any and all offers of help.

Get out of the house, a short ten minute walk is all you need, it may take 40 minutes to prepare for said short walk but believe me it is worth it!

-Stock up on easy to prepare food and lots of it! A great job for Dads, who tend to hover asking why baby is crying.(I have always found you can’t have enough biscuits in the house during the early days, great quick energy boost in between meals.)

Cuddle,You cannot spoil a newborn baby, so cuddles all the time are not a problem but don’t be afraid to put baby down when you need a shower or trip to the loo.

Rest as much as you can, you don’t have to go to bed when baby does but just lie down and read a book/watch TV/chat with your other half.

I will absolutely be dishing out advice on establishing routines over the course of this blog but for now pause the ordinary, get used to your new baby, and prepare for the wonderful journey you are embarking on as a family, tears and all!

I love feedback, please leave any thoughts and comments below.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tara Rafferty
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 13:07:46

    Excellent practical advice. Well done!


  2. Yasmina Lenahan
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 13:56:05

    So lovely Aisling, and I like the ‘expect tears’ as as you said it’s the only babies can communicate before the 1st words! I might print this as a hand-out for baby massage class this week…what do you think?…it’s so useful:)


    • BabySteps
      Feb 03, 2014 @ 14:52:36

      Thanks for lovely comments Yasmina, I would be delighted if you wanted to give this to your class as a hand-out, and feel free to let your class know where to find me! 😉 x


  3. Yasmina Lenahan
    Feb 03, 2014 @ 16:19:08

    Great thanks a mil!x


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  5. BabySteps
    Mar 08, 2015 @ 13:15:00

    Reblogged this on BabySteps and commented:

    From the archives : My cousin gave birth a couple of weeks ago, after chatting to her sisters today I got all nostalgic about those early, cosy days. I also remember how scary and unsure I felt.


  6. merrybeau
    Mar 08, 2015 @ 17:12:25

    I hadn’t seen this the first time round … and feel very nostalgic now. Great advice there; great common sense.


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