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Bringing a New Baby Home

Bringing a new baby home.

Bringing a new baby home can be an exciting and overwhelming experience for new parents. There are many things to consider, from preparing the nursery to establishing a routine and bonding with your new arrival. In this article, we will provide some helpful tips and advice on how to bring a new baby home.

Preparing the Nursery

One of the first things to do before bringing your new baby home is to prepare the nursery. This involves creating a safe, comfortable, and calming environment for your baby to sleep and play in.

Firstly, make sure that the room is well-ventilated and at a comfortable temperature. The ideal temperature for a baby’s room is between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit (20-22 degrees Celsius). You can use a room thermometer to monitor the temperature.

Next, choose a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards. The crib should have slats no more than 2 3/8 inches apart, and the mattress should fit snugly with no gaps. Make sure to remove any pillows, blankets, or soft toys from the crib, as these can pose a suffocation risk.

Decorate the room with soft colors, such as pastels or neutrals, to create a soothing and calming atmosphere. Avoid bright or bold colors, as these can overstimulate your baby.

Finally, stock up on essential supplies, such as diapers, wipes, and baby clothes. You can also consider investing in a baby monitor to keep an eye on your baby while they sleep.

Establishing a Routine

Newborns thrive on routine, as it provides a sense of predictability and security. While it may take some time to establish a routine, it is well worth the effort.

One way to establish a routine is to create a schedule for feeding, sleeping, and playtime. For example, you can feed your baby every 2-3 hours during the day, and every 3-4 hours at night. Aim for a total of 12-16 hours of sleep per day, broken up into naps and nighttime sleep.

It is also important to establish a bedtime routine, such as a bath, a lullaby, and a story before putting your baby to bed. This can help signal to your baby that it is time for sleep.

Remember that routines will vary from family to family, and what works for one family may not work for another. Be flexible and willing to adjust your routine as needed.

Bonding with Your Baby

Bonding with your baby is an essential part of parenting, as it helps to build a strong attachment and relationship. Here are some tips for bonding with your new baby:

  • Skin-to-skin contact: Hold your baby skin-to-skin as often as possible, as this can help regulate their temperature, heart rate, and breathing. It can also promote bonding and reduce stress.
  • Eye contact: Make eye contact with your baby while feeding, talking, or playing. This can help establish a connection and promote social development.
  • Respond to cues: Learn to recognize your baby’s cues, such as crying or cooing, and respond appropriately. This can help build trust and establish a sense of security.
  • Playtime: Set aside time for playtime with your baby, such as tummy time or reading books. This can help promote physical, cognitive, and emotional development.
  • Talk and sing: Talk and sing to your baby throughout the day, as this can help promote language development and bonding.

Taking Care of Yourself

As a new parent, it can be easy to focus all your energy on taking care of your baby and forget about your own needs. However, taking care of yourself is essential for your own well-being and the well-being of your family. Here are some tips for self-care:

  • Rest when you can: Sleep deprivation is a common issue for new parents, but it is important to rest when you can. Try to nap when your baby naps, and ask for help from friends or family members when you need it.
  • Eat well: Eating a healthy and balanced diet is important for your physical and mental health. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. It can also be helpful to meal prep ahead of time to ensure you have nutritious meals on hand.
  • Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is important for your overall health and can also help with breastfeeding. Keep a water bottle nearby and sip on it throughout the day.
  • Get some exercise: Exercise can help boost your energy levels, reduce stress, and improve your mood. You don’t have to go to the gym or do anything intense – even a short walk around the block can be beneficial.
  • Take breaks: It can be easy to feel like you need to be with your baby 24/7, but it is okay to take breaks. Take some time for yourself to do something you enjoy, such as reading a book or taking a bath.
  • Connect with others: Having a support system can be invaluable as a new parent. Connect with other parents in your community or join a parenting group online to share your experiences and get support.
  • Ask for help: It is okay to ask for help when you need it. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family members, or a professional if you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with your mental health.


Bringing a new baby home can be a challenging and rewarding experience. By preparing the nursery, establishing a routine, bonding with your baby, and taking care of yourself, you can create a positive and nurturing environment for your new arrival. Remember to be patient, flexible, and kind to yourself as you navigate this new chapter in your life.

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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