I’m not sure if it’s adrenaline, or just the dreamy state from the drugs that are still in my system, but the 1st night at home with a newborn always seems to go pretty smoothly for me. It’s always the 3rd or 4th night when the lack of sleep really starts to take effect. This is when I start doing dumb things like pouring formula into my husbands coffee or falling asleep standing in front of the refrigerator. Yes, both are true stories.
Below are five tips that will help you survive the first few weeks home with a newborn and avoid using your clean pillow case to wipe poop off your infants butt in the middle of the night. Baby wipes or pillow case? I went for whatever was closest and was back asleep before I knew what I was doing. Again, yes, true story.
1. Set Up Diaper Changing Stations: I am a changing table fan. I like having one central location for all my diaper changing supplies and generally I like to keep all of the diaper changing in one location though this isn’t always realistic. In the middle of the night I do not want to get up and walk down the hall to change my newborn’s diaper or get a fresh pillow case. So, I have a diaper changing station set up next to my bed in the nightstand drawer. It’s stocked with everything I need to change a diaper. Including extra baby wipes, I can’t get over the pillow case situation.
Because we have a two story, I can’t always make it upstairs to change a diaper. So I have set up a changing station in our family room with both the toddler’s and newborn’s diapers and supplies.
2. Prep For Midnight Feedings Before Bed: If you’re a bottle feeding mama this means bottles, formula and bottled water. If you’re a breastfeeding mama make sure you have your breastfeeding pillow, towel and any other supplies you need including a bottle of water for you!
3. Easy Access Clothing for Bedtime: Simple white shirts are the perfect PJ’s for late night diaper changes. Simply unswaddle, change diaper and wrap them back up. Why fuss with snaps, buttons or zippers when you’re barely awake?
4. Make Time to Shower: I don’t know what it is, but there is nothing better than a refreshing shower. This will give you a few moments to clear your head and clean off any left over spit up or missed poop! Oh hush, you know it happens.
5. Pre-wash Blankets & Burp Clothes Before Baby Arrives: When you get home from the hospital with your new bundle, the last thing you want to do is laundry. Wash all your baby supplies before you leave for the hospital. Make sure you use a detergent that’s formulated to be gentle on baby’s skin.
What tips would you share with mother’s of newborns?