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If you decide to breast-feed, a prenatal consultation can help you anticipate any problems and deal with them ahead of time see page for more on breast-feeding.
Planning the Homecoming Arranging for extra help in the beginning. If you can figure out a way to get someone to help you the first few weeks you are taking care of your baby, by all means do so. Having a supportive father around full time during the first couple of weeks can be particularly helpful. Trying to do everything yourself can exhaust and depress you, and this can start you and the baby off on the wrong foot. Most expectant parents feel a little scared at the prospect of taking sole charge of a helpless baby for the first time.
If you have this feeling, it doesn't mean that you won't be able to do a good job or that you have to have a nurse to show you how. But if you feel really panicky, you will probably learn more comfortably with an agreeable relative by your side. The baby's father may not be a great support person, or he may be feeling too anxious or overwhelmed himself.
Your mother may be the ideal helper if you get along with her easily. If you feel she is bossy and still treats you like a child, it's probably better if she doesn't stay when she visits. You want to feel that the baby is your own and that you are doing a good job. It will help to have a person who has taken care of babies before, but it's most important of all to have someone you enjoy having around.
You might consider hiring a housekeeper or doula for a few weeks. Doulas are professionals who support women during labor see page More and more doulas offer their services in the weeks after birth as well.
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If your finances are limited, you may still be able to afford someone to come in once or twice a week to do the laundry, help you catch up on the housework, and watch the baby for a few hours while you take a rest or go out. It makes sense to keep your helper around for as long as you need the help and can afford it.
Nurse home visits. Many hospitals and health plans offer nurse home visits one or two days after you take your baby home, particularly if the hospital stay has been short less than a couple of days. Nurse visits are often very reassuring.
They can be important, too, because some medical problems, such as jaundice, may not be apparent before the baby goes home. A visiting nurse can also be very helpful in dealing with breast-feeding problems or helping to arrange the services of a lactation consultant see page Callers and visitors. The birth of a baby is an occasion that brings relatives and friends flocking.
This is gratifying to the parents and fills them with pride. However, too much of it may be exhausting. How much is too much? It's different in different cases. Most mothers tire easily the first few weeks at home. They have just felt the effects of intense hormonal changes. Their usual sleep pattern has been disrupted. Perhaps more important still are the emotional shifts that are called for, especially with the first baby.
Visitors are pure pleasure to some people -- relaxing, distracting, rejuvenating. To most of us, however, only a few old friends have such a good effect. Other visitors, to a greater or lesser degree, make us tense, even when we enjoy seeing them, and leave us fatigued, especially if we aren't feeling well. So you might want to limit visitors at the start, see how it goes, then increase the number very gradually if you find you have plenty of strength left over.
Most visitors get all excited when they see babies. They want to hold them, joggle them, tickle them, jounce them, waggle their heads at them, and keep up a blue streak of baby talk. Some babies can take a lot of this treatment, some can't take any. Most are in between. Pay attention to how your baby responds, and set a limit on handling if you think your baby may be feeling stressed or tired out by the attention.
Relatives and friends who care about you and your baby won't be offended. Young children in particular often carry around viruses in their noses and on their hands that can make newborns ill.
So it makes sense to keep young cousins and other relatives at a safe distance for the first three to four months; if they do touch your baby, make sure they wash their hands well first. Preparing your home. If your home was built before , there's a good chance that it contains lead paint.
While it makes sense to remove any loose paint chips and perhaps paint over exposed, weathered patches, it isn't safe to try to remove the paint yourself using a heat gun or sander; the fine lead dust and vapors can raise your own lead level, which might affect your baby.
Professional lead removal is safer, though expensive. For more on lead, see page If you are using well water, it's important to have it tested for bacteria and nitrates before the baby arrives. Nitrate salts in well water can cause blueness of the baby's lips and skin. Write or call your county or state health department. Well water won't have fluoride added, so you'll need to discuss fluoride supplements with your doctor.
Helping Siblings Cope What to say while you're pregnant. It is good for a child to know ahead of time that he is going to have a baby brother or sister if he is old enough to understand such an idea at all around a year and a half.
That way he can get used to the idea gradually. Of course, you have to gear your explanations to your child's developmental level, and no amount of explanation can really prepare him for the experience of having a live demanding baby in the house. Your job is just to begin the dialogue about having a new brother or sister, where the baby will sleep, what the sibling's role will be in his care and to provide constant reassurance that you love him as much as ever.
Don't overdo your enthusiasm or expect him to be enthusiastic about the baby. A good time to begin these discussions is once your body shape begins to change and you are past the very earliest stages of pregnancy when the risk of a miscarriage is highest. The arrival of the baby should change an older child's life as little as possible, especially if he has been the only child. Emphasize the concrete things that will stay the same: If your older child isn't weaned yet, it will be easier for her if you do it a few months before you deliver, not when she is feeling displaced by the new baby.
If her room is to be given over to the baby, move her to her new room several months before, so that she feels that she is graduating because she is a big girl, not because the baby is pushing her out of her place. The same applies to advancing to a big bed.
If she is to go to preschool, she should start a couple of months before the baby arrives, if possible. Nothing sets a child's mind against preschool so much as the feeling that she is being banished to it by an interloper. But if she is already well established in preschool, she has a social life outside the home, which will tend to lessen her feelings of rivalry at home. During and after delivery. Some parents hope to strengthen family togetherness by including the older sibling in the delivery itself.
But watching one's mother go through labor can be very upsetting for a young child, who might think that something awful is happening.
Even older children can be disturbed by the stressful effort and the blood that are part of even the smoothest deliveries. From the mother's point of view, labor is tough enough by itself without having to worry about how a child is handling it. Other children can feel included by being nearby but not actually in the delivery room.
After the delivery, when everyone is nice and calm, is a good time to show the baby to an older sibling. He can be encouraged to touch the baby, talk to her, and help out in some simple task, like getting a diaper. He should have the feeling that he is an integral part of this family unit and that his presence is welcomed. He should visit as much as he wants but not be forced to if he doesn't.
Bringing the baby home. It's usually a hectic moment when the mother comes home after giving birth. She is tired and preoccupied.
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The father scurries about, being helpful. If the older child is there, he stands around feeling left out, thinking warily, 'So this is the new baby. An hour later, when the baby and the luggage are in their place and the mother is at last relaxing on the bed, is time enough for the child to come in.
His mother can hug him and talk to him and give him her undivided attention. Since children appreciate concrete rewards, it's nice to bring a present home for the sibling.
A baby doll of his own or a wonderful new toy help him not feel abandoned. You don't have to keep asking him, 'So how do you like your new sister? Actually, most older siblings handle the first days of a new baby pretty well. It often takes several weeks before they realize that the competition is there to stay. And it will be months before the baby is old enough to start grabbing their toys and bugging them. The section on siblings page has more on how you can help help siblings get along.
Things You'll Need Buying things ahead of time. Some parents don't feel like buying anything until they have their baby. The idea that shopping for things ahead of time might cause the pregnancy to come to a bad end is common in many cultures. Parents may not want to tempt fate.
The advantage of getting and arranging things ahead of time is that it lightens your burden later. A certain number of mothers feel tired and easily discouraged when they begin taking care of the baby themselves. Even a little job like buying a bag of diapers looms as an ordeal. What do you really need? Even if you don't have everything prepared ahead of time, it's wise to at least have some necessities on hand before you deliver.
The sections that follow should help you decide what to buy ahead of time and what you might buy later or never. For deciding which brand to purchase, I suggest you check the most recent copies of journals such as Consumer Reports for the latest information on safety, durability and practicality.
Cloth diapers have many uses, even if you choose disposables for the baby's bottom. Car seats. One of the biggest dangers your newborn faces is the ride home from the hospital -- unless you use an infant car seat. Be sure the seat has a label showing that it meets government safety standards for use in cars. Always place your newborn in the back seat facing backward.
Babies should never be placed in front of a working air bag; an exploding air bag can seriously injure or even kill a small child. There are two basic kinds of car seats for babies. One kind always faces backwards and has a handle so that it can be used as a baby carrier. The other kind is a convertible seat that can be turned around to face forward once your baby is large enough over twelve months old and over twenty pounds.
Either kind is safe. If possible, get a new seat. If a seat has been in an accident in the past, it might not hold up in a second one, even if it looks okay. Over time the plastic weakens, so that a seat that has been in the family for years may not provide adequate protection. Choose a seat that uses a harness to hold the child rather than a shield or bar, which can injure a child in a crash. Consumer Reports frequently updates its ratings of car seats.
It's hard to put a car seat in correctly I took a week-long course to learn how so, if you can, have a certified child safety seat inspector show you how. Many hospitals and fire stations run free car seat installation programs.
You can find one near you by calling the hospitals, or look online at www. You'll find more detailed information on car seats on page A place to sleep. You may want to get a beautiful, expensive bassinet, lined with silk.
But your baby won't care. All she needs are sides to keep her from rolling out and something soft but firm in the bottom for a mattress. You might also decide to have your baby sleep in bed with you see page 59 for the pros and cons.
Having a firm surface is important, because babies can more easily suffocate if they lie face down on a very soft mattress. Even though babies should sleep on their backs to prevent crib death, sometimes they end up face down anyhow. A simple bassinet on wheels is convenient at first.
Sometimes there's a cradle that's been in the family for many years. A cardboard box or a drawer with a firm, tight-fitting pad also works well for the first couple of months. A cosleeper is a three-sided box that sits alongside your bed with the opening facing you. It's wonderful to be able to reach your baby without getting up, especially if you are breast-feeding.
For safety, it's important that the cosleeper attaches firmly to the bed, so that there isn't a gap a baby could be caught in. Most parents start with a crib. It should have a snug-fitting mattress, childproof side locking mechanisms, and at least twenty-six inches from the top of the rail to the mattress set at its lowest level. Look out for sharp edges and for corner posts that stick up more than one-sixteenth of an inch; that's high enough to snag an article of clothing, which could trap or strangle a baby.
It should be sturdy, with the mattress support firmly attached to the headboard and footboard. Cribs made before often have lead paint and are safe only if all the old paint has been stripped off.
If you're buying a new crib, look on the box to see that it meets federal safety standards. For used cribs, hand-me-downs, and family heirlooms, you have to be the safety inspector. Your baby doesn't need a pillow for her head, and you should not use one. Likewise, it's best to keep stuffed animals out of your baby's crib or cradle; little babies don't care much about them, and they may pose a suffocation risk.
Cloth bumpers can look great, but they don't do much to protect small babies, and can also become a suffocation hazard if they come loose.
For more on sleep and sleep safety, see page Equipment for bathing and changing. Babies can be bathed in the kitchen sink, a plastic tub get one with a wide edge to rest your arm on , a dishpan, or a washstand.
A spraying faucet that works like a minishower is great for rinsing the baby's hair and keeping him warm and happy. Molded plastic bathing tubs with contoured pads or liners are useful and generally inexpensive. A bath thermometer is not necessary but can be a comfort to the inexperienced parent.
Always test the water temperature with your hand anyway. Water should never be hot, only lukewarm. Also, never run warm water into the tub or sink while the baby is in it unless you are sure that the temperature is constant.
The temperature setting on water heaters should be set at a maximum of degrees to prevent scalding. You can change and dress your baby on a low table or bathroom counter, where water is handy, or on the top of a bureau that is at a comfortable height. Changing tables with a waterproof pad, safety straps, and storage shelves are convenient, though expensive, and may not be adaptable for other uses later. Some types fold; some have an attached bath.
Wherever you change your baby except on the floor it's wise to keep one hand on your baby at all times: Diapers are discussed on page For diaper wipes, you can use a washcloth with soap and water or you can use moist paper towels.
If you want the convenience of premoistened diaper wipes, use the ones without chemicals and perfume, which can cause rashes. Seats, swings, and walkers. An inclined plastic seat in which your baby can be strapped, carried short distances, and set down almost anywhere and from which she can watch the world go by is a useful accessory.
Some infant car seats can be used for this purpose, too. The base should be larger than the seat; otherwise it will tip over when your baby becomes active.
There are also cloth seats that move with the infant's movement. Be careful about placing your baby in any kind of seat on countertops and tables, as her movements might inch the seat off the edge. Baby seats tend to be overused in that the baby is apt to be always in it and so is deprived of bodily contact with people see page A baby should be held for feedings, comforting, and at other times.
Plastic baby seats are also not the best things for carrying babies: Your baby will be happier and more secure in a cloth sling or Snugli, and you get to have both arms free, with less strain on your shoulders.
Young babies usually love motion, and a swing can be wonderfully calming. A cloth baby sling does the same thing, of course, but a swing is useful to give you a break. I don't think that babies actually become addicted to swinging, but too many hours of the same hypnotizing motion probably isn't best for them. Infant walkers are a major cause of injury see page Other than providing temporary amusement, their benefits are nonexistent and their dangers clearly proven.
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They should not be used. Manufacturers now make stationary walkers that bounce, swivel, or rock. They come with toys attached for entertainment and are much safer for children. Strollers, carriages, and backpacks. A stroller is a handy way to take a young child when you shop or run other errands. Strollers are best for babies who can hold their heads up steadily. Newborns and little infants do better in a cloth front pack, from which they can look up into their parent's face and hear their heartbeats.
A folding umbrella stroller can be easily carried on a bus or in a car, but be sure it's a sturdy one. Products that combine a car seat and stroller are attractive, and they make it easy to go from car to stroller without having to wake up a sleeping infant.
On the other hand, they aren't as compact as the folding umbrella variety. Children should always be strapped into their strollers. A carriage pram is like a bassinet on wheels; nice to have for the first few months if you plan on taking long strolls with your baby but hardly necessary. An alternative, after your baby has outgrown the soft front pack, is to go to a backpack. These items can be very sophisticated, with metal frames and padded hip belts that let you carry a large baby or toddler without much strain.
Your baby can look over your shoulder, chat with you, play with your hair, and fall asleep with her head nestled into your neck. Play yards playpens. Some parents and psychologists disapprove of the imprisonment of a baby in a pen, fearing that it may cramp the child's spirit and desire to explore, but I've known many babies who spent several hours a day in pens and who still ended up demon explorers with high spirits.
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