Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5 Tips: Bringing a Newborn Home

The day you bring your new baby home for the first time is a day you will never forget and for first time parents it can also be a very scary day. When you are at the hospital you know they have everything your baby could possibly need and they know how to do everything in any situation. You know that the hospital is a safe place for your baby and bringing it home is introducing your baby to a whole new host of hazards and unknowns. Here are a few tips to get your home ready for your new baby so that bringing them home is exciting and not scary.

The first couple of weeks with your new baby are going to be long as you are trying to adapt to a new schedule and routine. Babies come with a lot of stuff and need a lot of things. Your home will quickly be taken over by baby and his/her things. Before you go to the hospital you need to make sure that your home is rid of clutter. You don’t want to trip over magazines and bags as you are walking around trying to calm the baby in the middle of the night. When you come home with your new baby you want to come home to a sanctuary not a frat house.

Deep Clean
At 9 months pregnant you’re probably not going to want to get down on your knees and scrub the bathtub and floors. I recommend investing the money and having your home professionally cleaned right before your new bundle of joy arrives. This will be so beneficial in so many ways. For one your new baby will be coming into the clean and safe environment and it will prevent you from having to clean any time soon after baby comes home.

Stock Up
For the first couple of weeks with the new baby at home your not going to have a whole lot of opportunity to get out of the house and you probably wont want to. With this in mind you know your not going to be able to run to the grocery store every few days so make sure before the baby comes that you are stocked up on everything you will need. This will just make it easier for everyone. I know that we all make mistakes you will probably forget something and have to run and get it but cutting that down to a minimum is key.

For the first few weeks at home you are going to have a lot of visitors who are going to want to come snuggle with your new bundle of joy. They are going to want to hold him/her and kiss all over the new baby. To a new mom who is most likely paranoid this can be scary. Make sure that you kindly ask everyone that if they have had any signs of being sick to just wait awhile and that if they do come over to use lots of hand sanitizer. If you make your requests know to people they will respect them.

Now that your new baby is home you are going to devote your entire life to protecting them and caring for them. A great way you can do this is by getting a top of the line security system. This way if mom has to stay home alone with the baby there is nothing anyone has to worry about. I found a great company called Smith Monitoring that offers some of the best features to help keep your entire family safe. Smith security has a really cool feature that allows the user to view a live feed video on their smart phone of everything that is going on in their home at any time. This way if dad has to go to work he can check in anytime he wants.

About The Author: Katie Melendez is a writer for Smith Monitoring. Katie is also a wife, youth mentor, and a health nut. Follow her blogs for all current trends on home, health, and family.

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