• Take care of yourself. As a new mom your body is adjusting, you have to make sure you are eating and drinking to keep up your strength. You must make sure that you are drinking lots of water and eating properly to make sure your breast milk comes in and stays strong if you are planning on breastfeeding. Also, make sure you continue to take your prenatal vitamins while you are breastfeeding doing so will help make sure you are getting all of the essential vitamins and minerals.
• Organization. This is HUGE. Remember in the beginning of this post I mentioned all of the “household chores” that still need to be done. You realize right away you have way too many things now that there is a new baby in family. You have your dirty clothes, the little ones dirty clothes, clean clothes that need to be put up, bottles and breast pump equipment that need to be washed, and don’t forget about changing diapers and all the items you have for that! It really does add up. If I didn’t have clothes hampers, a diaper genie, and my husband I would definitely lose my mind!
• The power of a sound/projection machine and swaddling. At our baby shower we received a sound machine that plays 6 different sounds and projects marine life on the ceiling. This is an item I put on my registry but did not realize the amazing effect it has in helping Mia get to sleep. This machine has a timer or you can set it without the timer to last through the night. (that is what I do) We also got one that attaches to the car seat for on the go. Other thing that also helped her sleep most of the night was swaddling. She loved to be swaddled at least for the first few weeks of her life then she’d try to bust out them. We made sure to have the nurses at the hospital teach us how to swaddle her before taking her home. This is by far amazing and my personal favorite, she would always fall right to sleep once being swaddled.
These are just a few things that really helped me out my first week home with baby Mia. I learned a lot during that first week, I learned more about myself, about Mia, and really what it takes being a first time mom. I wouldn’t go back and redo a single thing I did in that first week.