Congratulations, your baby is here and you are a parent! You are probably learning fast that this beautiful new creature doesn’t come with any instructions and you may be feeling more than a little lost. There are no easy solutions but this could be helpful for you…
First 5 days
In these early few days, you need to rest, be comfortable and be looked after as you feed, look after and get to know your baby.
Focus on having 5 days in bed to properly rest and recharge.
This is still a time to rest, recharge and to be looked after.
Focus on being on your bed/sofa for these 5 days so you are still resting, snoozing and being with your baby but you may be pottering about a bit more.
Depending on how you feel, you could be doing a bit more, getting outside now and seeing more visitors.
Even if you feel well, it is still beneficial to be looked after for a bit longer, so you are not jumping straight into doing. You may get tired quickly, especially if you have stitches.
Focus on being near your bed/sofa for these 5 days – and longer if you need it – so you can rest and snooze to aid your recovery.
What to expect from your baby?
Your baby may sleep a lot, especially during the day – with more alert times and crying at night.
He needs to feed little and often, night and day. His stomach can only hold small amounts so expect to have to feed regularly.
Use cushions to be comfortable in bed and on the sofa, whether breast or bottle feeding.
In-between sleep and feeds, he will be wide-eyed and alert. Some babies will be chilled as they start to take in the world around them, other will be overstimulated by noise, lights, people and may need to cling to you to feel calm and safe.
He will be curled up and may prefer settling on you.
Safe swaddling can help with naps.