This is a sponsored post and I was compensated. However, all opinions are mine. When you had your firstborn, how was it when you came home from the hospital? How did the transition go for everyone? When I had my first baby, my husband and I were terrified to being her home! I will never forget that first night. Chelsea began to cry and we could get her to stop. We had her laying in between us and all three of us just cried! We finally got the hang of things, but goodness! That is why I wanted to share a few ideas on how to make bringing a newborn home easier for everyone!
- Leaving The Hospital: I had a C-Section with Chelsea and thankfully a friend told me to bring a dress. I could not have imagined wearing pants home. If you do wear pants, make sure they are nice and comfortable! Dress the baby so that they are comfortably warm with the season. The hospital staff will want to be sure you have your car seat. Our nurse came out and made sure it was properly fastened in the car. That was a huge help!
- Stock Up: I was a mom who was not quite prepared to bring a new baby home. Chelsea was two weeks early. The crib was not set up and we didn’t have all of the essentials we needed. Make sure you have diapers, wipes, cream, lotion, swaddle blankets, burp rags, and several changes of clothes.
- Comforts For Mom: When I got home I wanted to live in a comfy night gown or pajama set. A robe for chilly weather is also a great idea. I also loved having a feeding pillow, a journal to keep track of baby’s activities, a baby memory book and a camera.
- Sleep: I think getting the baby to sleep is the hardest thing about bringing them home. They have been in your womb for almost a year! They will be sleeping in a new environment. When we brought Chelsea home, we used a bassinet. While healing from my C-Section, this made feeding her much easier on everyone. When my sweet Kristina had her baby Declan this week, I knew I wanted her to have a great bassinet. We chose the Mini Ezee 2 in 1 from Arm’s Reach.
- Baby Activities: Before you leave the hospital your nurse will most likely coach you on what to expect when the baby gets home. Newborn babes eat smaller amounts, have poop that look different and will sleep less than older babies. Babies cry, some of them cry a lot! And they have different cries for different needs. You will get used to what their cries mean. The best advice is to just stay calm (I know, easy for me to say!!)
- Meeting Family: If you have other children or pets, you will want to introduce them to the baby gently. Some pet owners suggest bringing a blanket the baby used in the hospital home for the pet to smell. This will allow them get used to the scent. Keep a good eye on the pet while they get used to the baby. Do not leave them alone until you are sure they are comfortable with the baby. With siblings, you may want to give them a gift. We got Caitlin a baby doll before we brought Henry home. It was a huge help. She was so gentle with him. But we had to watch her because kids are curious. They may not mean to hurt the baby, but they could.
I am so glad we chose the Mini Ezee 2 in 1 from Arm’s Reach for Declan. This is a company I trust with this precious baby! They have been producing their award winning Award Winning patented Co-Sleeper® bedside bassinets since 1997. This bassinet makes it easier for Kristina to feed Declan and provides bonding for she and Brennan with Declan. Kristina said it has made sleeping easier on all three of them.
Kristina said the Mini Ezee 2 in 1 from Arm’s Reach was super easy to assemble. It has side pockets and a bottom compartment to store Declan’s essentials. Because it is portable, they can take it when they visit family with Declan. No wonder this bassinet has been recommended by leading pediatricians and sleep research experts Dr. James J. McKenna Ph. D and Dr. William Sears.
The Mini Ezee 2 in 1 from Arm’s Reach works as a co-sleeper or a free standing bassinet for babies up to 5 months. It also comes with a fitted sheet, a mattress and a resistant plate/nylon strap set to lock the bassinet snugly against an adult mattress. It sells for $175.99 and comes in a variety of colors and style. Arm’s Reach also sells quality cribs, changing dressers and more. Be sure to follow Arm’s Reach on Facebook and Instagram.
Do you have a tip for how to make bringing a newborn home easier on everyone? I would love to hear!