I remember my discharge from the hospital. I was overwhelmed with anxiety — how can I cope with this little bundle that sniffles so sweetly in my arms.
In the maternity hospital, we had a separate stay, and we met with the baby only at the feedings, so I absolutely could not imagine what was inside under these diapers. I didn’t know how to change a pamper, handle my navels, swaddle, change clothes. But I, like all other young mothers, quickly had to learn. As they say, the day I took the course of a young fighter.
And so that you go home with the baby not with a sense of anxiety, but with a sense of serene calm, today I want to tell you that everything is not so difficult. Everything just needs to be foreseen. And what exactly, I am with you and want to share today.
I will not talk about what you need to buy for your baby a crib, a changing table, a small wardrobe, a stroller. In recent months, I have very carefully approached this issue and have been shopping for a long time, so everything was ready.
After the courses for future mummies, I clearly understood that the house should be clean, light and fresh. That is why I connected all the relatives so that they would clean everything in the apartment on the eve of the discharge. And my husband took the whole brunt of it and started cleaning it himself.
As a result, at midnight I received SMS from him – I removed everything, but the cat got into the car seat, but I could not get it out of there. Here is such a difficult task – preparing an apartment for a meeting with a baby. But when I entered the apartment, I realized that he created ideal conditions for us – it was very clean, and the thermometer showed exactly 22 degrees, as it should be for newborns.
For myself, all the essentials I divided into several categories – clothing, medical supplies and hygiene products. Here I also clearly understood that everything should be ready by the time of arrival, and therefore, on the eve of the birth, I was carrying bags with everything I needed.
For the treatment of the navel, I bought brilliant green, sterile cotton wool and hydrogen peroxide. This is quite enough to care for the wound. I also stocked diapers. Of course, I heard more than once from advertising that all modern diapers are light and breathing, but I decided to play it safe and bought diaper diaper cream and powder – I don’t really want to experiment with my baby.
To wash the baby, we bought a bath and a slide. Gorka, by the way, helped me a lot to cope with fear while swimming. And an individual bath after all, in my opinion, guarantees a certain sterility compared to the general one. And in the pharmacy I was advised to buy scissors. Later, when I saw my daughter, I was very grateful to the pharmacist for this – the children’s nails grow incredibly fast and they are as sharp as paper.
I also approached the issue of choosing clothes very responsibly. I didn’t know what size my baby would be, so I bought a lot of diapers, a few vests, caps and sliders. Of course, it was very difficult for me to stay in the children’s store, but only then I realized that I had made the right choice. In the first month of clothes, we didn’t need anything more.
I was always sure that I would breastfeed. And I put maximum effort into this, because my mother’s milk for the baby is the most useful food in the world. And, thank God, I avoided the need to buy mixes, bottles, I did not recognize all the difficulties of the sterilization process and the rest of the joys of artificial feeding.
Therefore, to feed the baby, I did not have to buy anything, except for the breast pump. In the maternity hospital, he helped me a lot – the baby ate little, and the milk had to be put somewhere so that her breasts would not hurt.
When we came home with our daughter, we didn’t organize a grand celebration and called only the closest ones. To be honest, after the maternity hospital, I wanted solitude with the baby, and I just wanted to clean up and calmly get used to the new status.
Of course, we immediately rushed to the changing table to unpack the miracle. It was something! Small, fragile, funny. Our grandfather ran off with a shout – do not touch her, or you will break something. But, apparently, we, moms, initially laid the instinct of caring for their baby. I pulled myself together and changed the diaper to my daughter. And then my mother showed me how to swaddle a baby – this lesson was enough for the rest of my life.
Therefore, today, guided by my experience, I can say – do not worry, young mummies, we will always do everything right and this is laid by nature, and our children will grow beautiful, healthy and big!