Getting home with a tiny little person and a brand new member of the family can be quite overwhelming – especially if you’ve never done it before. While the most important thing is that you get to rest and cherish the moments, it’s easier to keep your sanity if you stay organized and have a plan for how to develop the parent inside of you as well.
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Here is a handy guide to what you should do when you get home with the baby while also getting some of that rest we’ve talked about – you will need it.
#1 Write down the birth story and start a baby book
As your baby grows and develops, it becomes even more important to the parents to have the birth story written down so that they have something to look back on. We’re talking weight, of course, and the time of the birth as well as how long you were in labor for – basically everything you went through together. It’s a good idea to do this as soon as possible while your memory is still fresh – otherwise, half a year is going to pass before you get to it.
You should also get started on that baby book as soon as you’re able to. While the Internet can tell you everything you need to know these days, it’s so much more fun to have it written down with your own hand. Make a baby book and note which songs were popular on the day he or she was born, who was president, what was the latest trends, etc – just be creative and have fun with it.
#2 Report the newborn to your insurance
Your insurance company will most likely to this themselves if your pregnancy was covered on your insurance, but it’s important to make sure this is done nonetheless as they usually only give a certain number of days after birth – probably around 30 or 60.
Have a look at the options around the web, policygenius is a great alternative, and remember to do this sooner rather than later as you’re likely to forget about it with all the happiness going on.
#3 Write down all your questions
Every new mommy and daddy knows this very well; after the birth, you’re going to have a lot of questions. With so many new ones popping up constantly, it’s a great idea to write them down as you go and bring them with you to your next doctor’s appointment.
This is likely to be about 6 weeks after the birth, so you’ll have some time to gather everything. Continue to write them down even after the first appointment and don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family members who might have gone through this before you. Don’t worry, everybody has a lot of questions when they are responsible for taking care of a baby for the first time.
Remember that every baby and every mom is different and even though some of your friends were able to get almost a full night of sleep, it doesn’t mean your baby will sleep peacefully. Listen to all the advice you’ll get but keep in mind that it might not apply to your family.