Bringing your newborn home for the first time can be a very exciting and anxious experience at the same time. By the time you bring the baby home, you would have bought all the baby care products and as many cute toys and gadgets as you could find. And now you’re rearing to go!
But, have you considered the baby’s general healthcare at home? Here are a few pointers to consider.
Often, new parents don’t anticipate the healthcare required for a newborn. In truth, the same level of preparation that went into your baby’s arrival should also go into your home health care plan for the coming months and even years.
Consider everything from identifying the correct medicines to the correct healthcare professionals. Research via online tutorials, and seeking advice from other parents and asking your GP or baby’s pediatrician.
New parents may also underestimate the importance of learning pediatric CPR. While you hope that you will ever need to use it, prepare yourself for a possible emergency.
The good news is that there are numerous companies offering training and some, such as Lifesaver Education even have online tutorials. Thanks to modern technology, getting ready to look after your child, doesn’t have to be difficult. When something does go wrong, you’ll have the skills to lower the risk and empower you to make smart decisions.
Once you have a pediatrician chosen and you have mastered pediatric first aid, you need to make sure you have some home basics on hand. Remember, it may be inevitable that your baby gets sick. Filling your baby’s medicine cabinet is as simple as a few questions to your local pharmacist.
Part of preparing for your baby’s health is managing your own stress levels and having faith in your abilities. With every cry and squeak, you might find yourself doubting whether you’re doing everything right. This is when you need to remember that some days will be easier than others.
Remind yourself that you have prepared for this. Tell yourself ‘you’ve got this’ and if not, with the correct medical professionals only a visit away, resources are easy to come by.
Last but not least, don’t neglect yourself during this process. Remember that your baby is completely dependent on you. You’ll find helpful to-do lists online to get into the habit of your own self-care.
A common mistake new parents make is to use the time a baby sleeps to catch up on other things. But experts, such as the Dallas Institute of Sleep encourages new parents to get as much sleep as they can in those early days.
A simple trick is to sleep when the baby sleeps, thereby building your own strength by allowing your body to rest and heal. A few short power naps are better than continued hours of no sleep. The chores can wait till you’re both a little more rested!
Healthcare for your baby doesn’t have to be as daunting as it may sound. With the right preparation and research, you and your newborn will ease through this with flying colors!