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.
- 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.
- I recommend Little Dreamers Newborn Sleep Course. Use “ANNA10” for 10% off.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 801.368.1914.
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:
- Nursing Pads
- Burp rag
- Diaper rash cream
- Clean pajamas
- Haakaa (silicone breast pump)
- Boogie sucker
- Hand sanitizer
- Get swaddles.
- 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
- Use over-the-counter medicine.
- Take a stool softener.
- Stock up on Tylenol and Motrin.
- Get a comfortable nursing bra.
- Purchase nursing pads.
- Stock up on nipple care supplies.
- Nipple cream
- Gel pads—ask for these at the hospital.
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 email@example.com or schedule a FREE 15-minute phone consultation.