Survival Guide: Baby’s First Two Weeks

Anna | December 16, 2020

Newborn life is challenging. Often, even the most experienced parents struggle. I created this survival guide to help you have the best first two weeks possible. Let’s dive in.

Mom holding new baby - Surviving the first two weeks with a new baby

Take Courses

  • Take a breastfeeding class before baby comes.
    • My online course gives you lifetime access, so you can refer to it in the middle of the night if needed. 
  • Take a newborn sleep course.

Breastfeed Like a Champ

  • Breastfeed during the “Golden Hour,” which is the first 1-2 hours after baby is born.
  • Be prepared to cluster feed (several feedings close together). Cluster feeding usually happens in the late afternoon or evening.
  • Get a silicone breast pump.
    • Silicone breast pumps are an excellent resource for collecting let-down milk from the opposite breast you are feeding on or using it to collect milk when hand-expressing.
  • Take home everything from the hospital—you can even ask for more.
    • When I left the hospital with my twins, I left with two extra bags of stuff because the nurse brought me extra diaper packages, wipes, nursing pads, binkies, maxi pads, mesh undies, ice packs, etc.
  • Call an IBCLC with any breastfeeding questions or concerns. Reach me at or by phone at 801.368.1914.
Mother breastfeeding newborn during first hour after delivery

Set Up Your Home

  • Keep baby at your bedside
  • Set up a pack n’ play in your main living space
  • Get a ton of sleep gowns—my babies lived in these for months.
    • They are so easy to change diapers any time of day or night.
    • They have hand covers so baby can’t scratch their face.
  • Set up a breastfeeding/baby station with everything you need for breastfeeding, pumping, burping, and diaper changes. Supplies can include the following:
    • Diapers
    • Wipes
    • Nursing Pads
    • Burp rag
    • Diaper rash cream
    • Clean pajamas
    • Binkey
    • Haakaa (silicone breast pump)
    • Vaseline
    • Boogie sucker
    • Hand sanitizer
  • Get swaddles.
    • Muslin—Aden and Anais are my favorite – they are so soft and are actually large enough to swaddle a baby.
    • Knit—Milk Snob are amazing – they are soft, stretchy, and work great to keep baby’s arms tucked in. Copper Pearl swaddles are very similar.
    • Velcro—I loved using Ollie swaddles with my twins,
  • Have a diaper changing station in the main living area for the day and in your room/bathroom for nighttime.
  • Download the Glow baby app.
    • I used this with my babies, including the twins, to keep track of diaper changes and breastfeeding times,
    • The app can be your brain to keep track of everything baby related for the first two weeks.
    • You can even add your partner to it, and both use it to keep track of everything.

Take Care of Yourself

  • Sleep when baby sleeps or ask for extra help to get a couple of naps in.
  • Make yourself a postpartum care kit
    • Witch hazel
    • Depends—trust me, these are amazing after having a baby, or Proof Panties.
    • Pads
    • Peri bottle
  • Use over-the-counter medicine.
    • Take a stool softener.
    • Stock up on Tylenol and Motrin.
  • Get a comfortable nursing bra.
  • Purchase nursing pads.
    • Disposable
    • Reusable
  • Stock up on nipple care supplies.

I hope you found this survival guide helpful. Just know, I have complete confidence in your ability to succeed in those first two weeks of having a newborn. As always, feel free to reach out to me with questions or concerns through email at or schedule a FREE 15-minute phone consultation.

Mom holding new baby - Surviving the first two weeks with a new baby