2. Keep visitors to a minimum
Though everybody will be bursting with excitement to meet your little one, and you’ll be desperate to show them off, try to keep visitors to a minimum.
Having an influx of visitors showering your baby with love and affection is as exhausting as it is wonderful. The last thing you need right now is to feel even more tired. Plus, passing your baby from person to person can be pretty emotionally draining for you!
Make the most of living in your newborn bubble for at least the first week following birth by keeping your visitor’s list consisting of immediate family members only.
3. Find a lactation consultant
Finding a good lactation consultant can be the difference between successful and unsuccessful breastfeeding. If you’re hoping to breastfeed, find a lactation consultant in advance!
A lactation consultant will take the time to find out information about your health, your history, and your birth so that they’re able to give you tailored advice to suit your needs, your baby, your body, and your situation. This might be the very best newborn support on offer, so take advantage of it.
If you give birth in a hospital and have trouble with breastfeeding, you can ask to see the lactation consultant on shift for help and advice.
4. Create a nursing corner
Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, it can be helpful to set up a corner of your home to be used solely for nursing your baby. By setting up space, you’ll have everything you need for feeding your baby in one place - this prevents you from having to run around the house searching for pillows, breast pads, and burp cloths!
Having a nursing corner is also a lovely way to keep distractions to a minimum so that your baby can focus on feeding. Though you’ll more than likely progress out of your nursing corner very quickly, it can be a cozy place to get started.
5. Put your pump together
Even if you’re planning on exclusively breastfeeding, figuring out how to put a pump together is something that you’re going to want to get the hang of very quickly. Whether you struggle with milk supply, latching, or discomfort while feeding, a breast pump will mean that you can still feed your baby breastmilk while you try to overcome the issue.
Choose a pump that will fit in well with your lifestyle. If you work from home, you might appreciate the simplicity of an electric pump that can sit, hands-free, inside your nursing bra. Whereas if you work in an office environment, you might prefer a wireless breast pump.
If you do start using a breast pump between feeds, you’ll thank yourself for building up a supply of frozen breast milk when it comes to spending a couple of hours away from your baby eventually.
6. Sleep when the baby sleeps
This is probably the one tip that you’ve heard hundreds of times, and that’s because it’s crucial! As much as you might want to wash clothes, do the dishes, and generally clean up your house, it’s far more important that you rest.
It’s so normal to wait for the second that your baby falls asleep so that you can jump up and complete some chores, but try not to. Leave that to your guests and your partner (if they’re not exhausted too!). You might even like to consider hiring a house cleaner for the first few weeks with your newborn - that way, and nobody has to worry about it!
If sleeping feels unnatural to you, try to spend this time reading a book, watching an episode of something on Netflix, or following a guided meditation. Anything that will help to fill your cup is worth your time!
7. Stock up on comfortable clothes
For the first few weeks or months after your baby is born, you’re going to be living in maternity pants, or comfortable clothes. Not only is that ok, but it’s also absolutely normal. Make sure that you’ve got enough options to wear in a week, such as breeze dresses, casual leggings, sweatpants so that you only have to do laundry only once a week.
8. Keep baby supplies in multiple rooms
Create a couple of changing stations so that you can easily change your baby’s diapers without having to travel too far. You’ll probably want to have a changing station in your main living space or kitchen and in your bedroom or nursery.
Our advice is to dedicate a basket or living-room drawer as a place to store everything that your baby might need during the day. Keep diapers, wipes, cream, a portable diaper changing pad, and spare clothes in here as well as anything that you need for yourself - think breast pads and sanitary towels.
Another thing you might like to consider is keeping a nighttime changing station under or next to your bed so that you can quickly change your baby’s diaper, clothes, and sheets during the night if you need to.