What do I need to know about bringing my newborn home?

What do you do when you first bring your newborn home?

Dress your baby as you would dress yourself. So, if you’d be too warm in a knitted hat during the summer, your baby probably will be, too. In warm weather, dress your baby in a T-shirt and light cotton pants or a baby blanket over bare legs. If it’s cold, put footie pajamas, a hat, and warm blanket over your baby.

How long before you can bring a newborn home?

Healthy, full-term babies (at least 37 weeks gestation) can usually go home from the hospital sometime between 24 and 48 hours after birth. Some late preterm babies (born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation) may be healthy enough to go home after a short stay (at least 48 hours) as well.

How do I prepare my home for a newborn?

Top Preparation Tips: Bringing Your Newborn Baby Home

  1. Select Your Healthcare Provider.
  2. Prepare Some Meals.
  3. Think About Family And Friend Visits.
  4. Catch Up on Home Chores and Laundry.
  5. Choose Going Home Outfits.
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How many outfits should I bring to the hospital for my newborn?

Pack two different outfits in different sizes because you don’t know how big or small your baby will be! Aim for one outfit in newborn size and one 0-3 months. Don’t forget hats and/or socks, if weather appropriate. Your pediatrician’s contact information.

What does a newborn experience the first day of life?

Your newborn will cry, sleep, and at times will look directly into your eyes. Although the vision is blurry, your baby can best see something (such as your face) that is about 8 to 15 inches away. Your baby will grab onto your finger if you place it in his or her palm. And of course, your baby will want to eat.

Is it OK to have visitors with a newborn?

Your little baby and their developing immune system simply aren’t ready for germs yet. In fact, a newborn’s immune system isn’t considered to have adequate function until 2 months old! Feel free to be a mama bear, It’s up to you what you ask of your visitors.

How much does a baby have to weigh to leave the hospital?

Some hospitals have a rule on how much the baby must weigh before going home, but this is becoming less common. In general, babies are at least 4 pounds (2 kilograms) before they are ready to come out of the incubator.

Is the first month with a newborn the hardest?

But many first-time parents find that after the first month of parenthood, it can actually get more difficult. This surprising truth is one reason many experts refer to a baby’s first three months of life as the “fourth trimester.” If months two, three, and beyond are tougher than you expected, you’re not alone.

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What should I do with my 2 week old when awake?

When your baby is awake, give him or her supervised time on his or her tummy so he or she can develop upper body muscles. Focus and begin to make eye contact with you. Blink in reaction to bright light. Respond to sound and recognize your voice, so be sure and talk to your baby often.

How often do you bathe a newborn?

How often does my newborn need a bath? There’s no need to give your newborn a bath every day. Three times a week might be enough until your baby becomes more mobile. Bathing your baby too much can dry out his or her skin.