Whether you get to leave the day after giving birth or you’ve been in hospital a while, bringing your baby home for the first time is a massive occasion. It’s definitely a much anticipated moment for everyone waiting at home, eager to meet your little one.
For a lot of first time parents it can also be extremely overwhelming, especially if you’re not prepared. Whilst in hospital you have the full support of the nurses and midwifes – something that you won’t have when you get home. Therefore, it’s important that you are fully prepared for the homecoming.
Purchase a Newborn Car Seat
The first thing you need to consider is how you’re going to get your baby home from the hospital. It’s unlikely that you’re planning to walk home, so it’s important that you invest in a car seat that is designed for a newborn. A lot of parents purchase this before the baby is born, so that they can practice putting it in and out properly – this will make everything run a lot smoother when doing it properly. Install it prior to taking your baby home – you don’t want to be messing around when you have a newborn in your arms.
Send Everything Home Beforehand
Whilst in hospital, it’s likely that you would have received lots of cards, presents, flowers and balloons from your friends and family. You should try and send home as many of these items as possible before you leave the hospital. This will give you one less thing to worry about when it does come to leaving the hospital! You also don’t want to be carrying anything other than your precious bundle.
Choose an Easy & Comfortable Outfit for Your Baby
Parents want their baby to look the best for their big homecoming, choosing cute but often complicated outfits. Whilst this is understandable (you only get to take them home for the first time once after all), it’s a lot easier to choose something that doesn’t take too long to put on and is comfortable enough for their journey home. This will reduce the risk of driving home with a screaming and upset baby in the back.
You can find all the important items you need for your baby’s first year here at Oh So Baby. With fantastic prices on all of our nursery furniture and bedding, we have everything you need to make your little one settled and comfortable at home.
To find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. You can give us a call on 01524 66888 and we will be more than happy to help.