Use our handy checklist to help you survive (and enjoy!) the first few weeks with your baby.
You wrote your birth plan weeks ago, but are you ready for the first few weeks of your baby’s life? From stocking up on post-birth essentials to deciding when you want friends to visit, we’ve put together this handy checklist to help you get organised.
Breastfeed? You’ll need two well-fitting nursing bras, some breastfeeding tops, lots of muslins and breast pads.Bottlefeed?You’ll need a set of bottles and newborn teats, and a steriliser to keep everything clean – plus a breast pump if you’re planning to express milk.Feed on demand?In the early days, it’s best that you feed your baby whenever he’s hungry, to help to establish good feeding.Try to establish a feeding/sleeping routine once your baby is more settled?Don’t start this until feeding is going well for your baby
“Maternity wards have visiting times, so why not instigate them when you get home? If you tell visitors they’re welcome between 3pm and 5pm, at least you’ll get a chance for some sleep.”
Anne Richley, midwife
By putting him down in his regular cot/crib for daytime naps, you may help him get into good sleeping habits.
See our step-by-step guide to swaddling (www.practicalparenting.co.uk).
Don’t invest in a complete birth-to-potty reusables set until you’re sure you’re going to use them all the way through. Instead, choose a reasonably-priced starter kit.Use both disposables and reusables?
“A personal MP3 player is really useful for night feeds. I used to feed my girls in the dark so they wouldn’t wake up too much, which meant I couldn’t read as they fed. Listening to music helped me through those long, lonely nights.”Emily, 30, mum to Lily, 4, and Casey, 23 months
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