As the countdown to labor begins, what to pack in your hospital bag can start to consume your thoughts. You don’t want to forget anything that will make the experience easier – but there’s not much space on a hospital ward, so you don’t want to over-pack either.
The ‘normal’ range for a full-term birth is 37 – 42 weeks, so it’s a good idea to nail your plans and have that bag packed and ready from about 36 weeks. Continue reading
After all the waiting, your precious new baby is born and finally arrives.
For you, those first few weeks after you get home are incredibly overwhelming. Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, whether you’re in a partnership or parenting alone, a new baby changes everything. It’s a massive adjustment to make.
For your family and friends, it’s a magical and exciting time. Everyone wants to meet the baby and be involved. They’re desperate to help and do what they can to make life easier for you – and whether you want to admit it or not, you need all the support you can get.
Even if you’re someone who doesn’t like asking for help, remember that by leaning on your family and letting them take care of you, you’re not just looking after yourself and your baby – you’re making them feel special and included.
And once you start to think about it, there’s sooooo much that they can do. Here are the top 10 ways your family can help when you bring that baby home. Continue reading