Bringing baby home from the hospital for the first time is super exciting and special. But, it is also a bit scary! That’s why I’m sharing with you helpful ways on how to survive the first night home with your newborn! These are the tips and advice you want to hear as new parents, trust me! There’s nothing like feeling confident as a new mom and surviving the postpartum and newborn phase.
The first few weeks home with a newborn is tiring, full of questions and so rewarding at the same time. When I brought my first born home for the first time, I was happy but I was also super nervous. I mean, I was a young mom who was bringing home her first baby without any experience. I did of course ask my mom for advice on the concerns that I had. What is one way to survive the first night home with your newborn? Calling your mom!
You need all of the help that you can get the first couple of days with your newborn. The first night home with your newborn you won’t sleep, your baby will wake up for the most part every 2-3 hours to feed, your hubby will most likely be sleeping and life as you know it, has truly began!
Why is the first night home with a newborn baby so hard?
The first night home with your baby is so hard because your newborn doesn’t have a sleeping schedule yet. You’re trying to adjust to life with a newborn. And your newborn is trying to adjust to life outside of your womb.
Where should your newborn sleep first night home?
Your baby can sleep in a bassinet next to your bed. This way it makes it easier for you to tend to your baby’s needs.
But it is totally possible to survive the first night home with your newborn, feel joy and rock the newborn stage!
Want to know how to survive the first night home with newborn? Keep on reading mama!
11 crazy helpful ways to survive the first night home with newborn
Calling your mom is a life saver. Do not ever feel shy or embarrassed about it because your mom is there to help you! If you have a good relationship with her. If not, you can always ask your mom friends, or even an expert.
That’s how I literally survived my first night with my newborn babies and life after that really. You will always find comfort in your moms words of wisdom, advice, tips and everything else.
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2. Have a Diaper basket
Honestly having things organized around the house is a must! Specially for a new mom who just had a baby. Having a diaper basket at hand will help you feel in control and at ease. So much easier to change your baby’s diaper during the day and even during the night. Because all of the essentials are right in one place.
3. Have baby bottle ready
This tip is only for moms who are not exclusively breastfeeding of course! If you want to survive the first night home with your baby, have baby’s bottle ready, either with your breastmilk or with formula. If you’re using formula make sure you read the instructions on how to prepare it and store it 🙂
Get your hands on these baby milk powder and formula dispensers, for easy travel!
If you’re looking to store your breastmilk, here are breastmilk storage bags that you can freeze up long term!
Here are my favorite baby bottles to use (BPA free and anti-colic):
4. White noise
Having a white noise machine can be something that you may want. As it helps baby sleep longer and soothes baby to sleep calmly in his crib or bassinet! Of course you want to create good sleeping habit for baby early on. So, having one of these is a beneficial!
5. Ask for help
I said it once and I will say it again, ask for help mama! There is nothing wrong with that. You need help, let’s face it because the first few days with a newborn baby is hard! It will test you and your mind, you will start doubting yourself as a new mom, you are going to cry, you are going to be clueless.
The more you ask for help the better. Ask your partner for help, your parents and friends. Trust me, they are waiting for you to just ask. Remember that asking for help does not mean that you are not a good mother or that you are not good enough.
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6. Have a bassinet
Is better to have your baby sleep in the same room as you, at least for the first month or so. Your newborn baby needs you and it is easier if you can care for him/her being in the same room. Specially for the night time feedings!
7. Make sure room is at room temperature
Sometimes babies do not sleep well if the room that they are sleeping in is either too warm or too cold. So make sure your bedroom is at room temperature in order for baby to sleep faster and longer!
8. Wrap them up
Newborn babies love to feel like they are in the womb because it gives them comfort. You should try swaddling baby with a baby swaddle like this one as it creates a cozy, womb-like feeling for baby and it also prevents startle reflex that can wake your baby up! I hear a lot of moms swear by it! You can also have skin to skin contact with your newborn to help them feel safe and protected while they fall asleep.
9. Sleep when baby sleeps
Yes I know, you’re probably rolling your eyes as you read this. But, it will help you survive the first few months with baby! I slept in the afternoon when my twins would take their naps and boy am I grateful for it! It helped me survive the crucial late nights with twins and I felt good!
So mama, sleep when baby is sleeping, at least try to, I promise you, you are going to thank me later 🙂
10. Eat and stay hydrated
Remember mama to prioritize yourself as well. It’s so important for you to take care of yourself postpartum. Do not forget to eat your food and to stay hydrated. As a mom who just gave birth, your body needs as much rest and nutrients as you can so it can heal.
11. You got this
All I am going to say to you, is that you got this mama! You are doing great so far. Know that everything that you’re going through, I went through as well and other moms as well. You are not alone in this thing called motherhood. And if you’re a new mom, just know that this is a stage and it too shall pass!
Being a new mom with a new baby at home is hard, I know. I hope these tips will truly help you survive the first night with baby home from the hospital. These tips will also help you past the first night because they helped me survive the baby stage with all three of my kids.
You got this mama! I’m rooting for you! If you survived the first night with newborn baby home, then you will survive motherhood, ha! Seriously though!
Wish you the best of luck and cherish every minute of it. The good and the not so good. Babies grow so so fast 🙂