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When you are expecting a baby, the advice and wives tales from family, friends and even strangers will start pouring in. When you have a baby, many times you might have a general idea of what to expect when the baby is born, but the best way to truly prepare is by educating yourself on everything baby. No two pregnancies are the same, nor are two babies the same; but with great preparation and trial and error experience, you can easily transition into your new role of motherhood.
Before labor comes, you have probably taken all of the necessary steps to be ready for that exciting event, such as getting the car seat installed properly, attending a childbirth class and packing the hospital bag for your stay during labor.
The day you go into labor can be a very exciting but it can also be a little bit scary, especially if it is your first time. It’s the job of the hospital staff to make you feel as comfortable as possible and to help make your stay a good experience. You can create a birth plan to bring with you to help the hospital staff stay on the same page in terms of your wishes for your delivery. In creating a birthing plan, remember to stay flexible in the event that a doctor recommends a new course of action in order to ensure a healthy and safe delivery. .
When your baby is born, there are a couple of optional medical choices that can be made, one of them being cord blood banking. Cord blood banking is where the doctor collects the blood from the umbilical cord, immediately following birth, and it’s sent off to be stored at a private facility for the family. It’s not a necessary procedure, but it can potentially proved medical benefits that a mom-to-be should be aware of.
During the hospital stay, there is not too much to worry about. The nursing staff will be there to help assist with feedings and diaper changes. When you bring the baby home and are taking care of him all day is when the advice from experienced parents will come into play. Know that it will be a trial and error learning process.
A great piece of advice is to let your baby sleep wherever they feel comfortable and safe, whether that be a crib, his bassinet, a swing, or even a carrier. There is nothing wrong with letting the baby sleep in any of these. A mother should make sure to catch up on her rest when the baby is resting as well. In addition, one thing that will make taking care of your newborn easier is if you have plenty of clothes, diapers, and wipes easily accessible and stocked in the baby’s nursery. This will prevent many trips to the store in the first few weeks.
The best advice anyone can give to a new mother is that no mother is perfect and it will take time to learn what is best for your baby and also little things to make every day easier on you.