Congratulations! Your family is about to grow. You've painted the nursery, unwrapped the baby shower gifts and read all you possibly can on the subject of parenting ... but that blessed day finally arrives, check-and-double check to make sure you've done all you can to prepare for your new addition! Rebecca Stewart offers her tips on how best to get ready for your new baby.
Sex; if having a vaginal birth, you may not be able to have sex for up to five weeks.
Sleep deprivation; it will happen. Get ready!
4. HAVE PATIENCE
This might be hard when you are sleep deprived, but some dads want to be as involved as possible. Teach them how to swaddle, how to bottle feed your baby (and when formula is to be used instead of breast milk at particular feedings), etc.
5. HIRE A BABY NURSE
If you can afford it, hire a baby nurse. They will be a tremendous help! A good baby nurse will ...
Be an expert with any and everything baby; a professional baby nurse ("newborn specialist") should have at least five years of experience. During year one, a baby nurse may have worked for three-six different families.
Set up a routine that works best for the baby and your family.
Provide overall emotional support for parents; both parents will get more rest and be able to spend more time together. They allow a couple to be a couple, not just "mommy and daddy."
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