Bringing a new baby home from the hospital requires preplanning long before the baby is born. Having a plan in place will make the transition much smoother for everyone involved, especially the new mom.
At least one month prior to the due date, make sure that the nursery is well stocked with diapers, sleepers, blankets, wipes and all of the important bath essentials like baby shampoo, body wash, creams, wash cloths and towels. It is a good idea to have all furniture set up and ready too, because when baby comes home, time is at a premium and putting furniture together will be the last thing anyone feels like doing. Meals can be made ahead of time, and frozen for those first few days at home.
It is a good idea to have a plan for help after the baby is home well before labor begins. Many women will have their moms who want to come and help with the baby when they get home, but it is important to be sure that everyone is not planning on coming at once. A good idea is to have one grandma come for a few days, then the other (or anyone else who wants to help), after that.
Sometimes other close friends or relatives will want to help too, so be sure to let them. It can be very overwhelming when everyone has gone home, and suddenly the new family is left alone. The new mom is going to be very tired, and sometimes asking for help can be hard. Make sure everything is set up with anyone willing to help beforehand, and a schedule is in place so that there won’t be too many people one day and none the next.
Hopefully the new dad can take some time off and stay home for awhile to give a hand. Even if there is no family close by, or others who can help, planning ahead of time can make the transition with a new baby much easier for the whole family.