8 Tips for Leaving the Hospital After Child Birth

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You only get to bring your baby home for the first time once; so slow down and enjoy every moment!

Labor and delivery can be tough on everyone; and there is only so much you can control.

But you definitely don’t want to feel rushed out the door, nor like you’ve forgotten something important.

Here are eight tips to help:

 1.  Send as much home as you can the day before you check out of the hospital. Chances are your room will be full of balloons, flowers, or cards.

2.  Be sure to have an extra pair of baggy clothes to wear home. Even after delivery, you will be most comfortable in clothes that are significantly larger than your pre-pregnancy clothes.

3.  Ask your escort to bring the car as close to the hospital as possible, and carry only baby and burp cloth to the car. Don’t try to juggle too many things yourself as you bring your new baby outside of the hospital for the first time.

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4.  Take your time! New mommies walk slow, especially those who have had a c-section. Besides, you only get to bring your baby home for the first time once; so slow down and enjoy every moment!

5.  Never underestimate how complicated car seats can be. If you have never used a car seat, or if you have never used the particular car seat in your car that day, review the manual before you get to the car with baby. Some people find it easiest to strap the baby into the car seat first, carry that to the car, and then strap the car seat into the car. Never put a rear-facing car seat in the front seat!

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  1. Profile photo of emi285 emi285 says:

    Make sure you take everything off the baby’s cart…diapers, wipes, nasal aspirator etc. always good to have extra stuff…and if you don’t take it they throw it away when you leave!

  2. Profile photo of JamJam JamJam says:

    never thought about the thermostat thing! great im super excited to bleed for 4-6 weeks!! haha but looking at my daughetr will make it all worth it

  3. Profile photo of AmyC AmyC says:

    Good stuff to know

  4. Profile photo of brittney brittney says:

    This is going to be a crazy experience! I’m so excited and i can’t wait! It has been going by so quickly but now since i want it to hurry it will feel like years!!!!

  5. Profile photo of Valerie Valerie says:

    I. Am. SO. Ready! February can not come soon enough!!

  6. Profile photo of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    The last tip, I did know that. Good to know. Thank you.

  7. Profile photo of Kim ShannonEditor Kim Shannon says:

    Ha!!! It’s not that bad, honest!! It took me back to the very early days of first getting my period! Plus, holding that little baby in your arms makes it soooo worth it!!

  8. Maxi pads are going to make me feel like i’m wearing a diaper, maybe it will help me and the baby connect! lol "hunny change the baby i have to change my own diaper real quick XD"

  9. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I didn’t know about the thermostat tips…

  10. I’m 32 weeks & can’t wait to see my little girl! Great tips.

  11. Profile photo of HMomOf4 HMomOf4 says:

    We are so excited! I remember every gross detail of what happens to mom after delivery from the first, but I will be prepared this time!

  12. Profile photo of snearling214 snearling214 says:

    Love the thermostat tip! Would never have thought about it!

  13. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    I’m planning for a home birth, so hopefully I won’t have to deal with the transition from the hospital, but this is excellent information to have on hand.

  14. Profile photo of jsmith jsmith says:

    i didnt know about the temperature so thats a good tip

  15. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    This is a really good article! I like the idea to go ahead and set the thermostat to 72 before you come home.

  16. this is a really good article! i’m 33 wks and have felt some contractions, so i’m a little anxious

  17. Profile photo of angee angee says:

    im glad to read this,but im really nervous im 37 weeks and i really want to get my baby with me,i want to hug and kiss he..i cant wait no more

  18. Profile photo of Lissa Lissa says:

    Glad i read this, i’m at 35 weeks and no one i’ve talked to – from friends & family to doctors and midwives – mentioned the bleeding part. Not even the books my practice gave me…

  19. Profile photo of Leeana Leeana says:

    Hello, yes bleeding was not fun. I know the several months off during pregnancy are great but catching up for several weeks is a bummer, but thankfully we have the little babies to make it worth it

  20. Profile photo of Takesha Takesha says:

    im getting kinda of nervous already…im only 5 weeks but im not looking forward to the changes my body is going to make after child birth….bleeding 4-6 weeks give me a break :-(

  21. Profile photo of Diamond Diamond says:

    excellent iinfo

  22. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    good idea to have the babies 1st apt sceduled…

  23. Profile photo of NikkiC12 NikkiC12 says:

    I like the tip about getting numbers in case I have any ?’s or concerns.

  24. Profile photo of krsy001 krsy001 says:

    Good things to know, that I didn’t think of!!!

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