Entering the world of parenthood is scary and can be challenging. The first few days in the hospital are a whirlwind of new experiences, with baths and diaper changes. There are nurses there to help you accomplish new tasks, guiding you in the right way to handle these situations.
Then, you need to properly settle your newborn into his or her brand new car seat, and you get to go home. Once you are home, it is an entirely new ball game. For some people, there are family members present to help you adjust to being in your own home and sleeping in your own bed. They can help pick up the slack with diapers and feedings for the baby.
If that isn’t the case, then it makes sense to go slow and not be too hard on yourself. It will be a period of adjustment to see how things go at home. You may have things set up a certain way and realize that isn’t going to work. If diapers are kept in a place that is hard to get to with a baby in your arms, it pays to move them to an easier location.
Give yourself time to relax if you can. You did just go through an experience that is very taxing on your body. You are going to be tired and sore. You won’t be getting much sleep because baby is still getting used to a huge new world and doesn’t understand when to sleep and when to be awake. He or she also is going to need to eat often and have diapers changed often. You will be very busy. For that reason, try to sit and bond with the baby. It will give you both a chance to relax and adjust to home life. All of the chores and cleaning will be there once you have settled in. In the meantime, remember that this experience only happens once. Even with future children, things will be a bit different on that first night home.