The First 48 Hours at Home

crying infantYou are finally home. Away from the bright lights of the hospital, it might not be time to relax just yet!

While you are dealing with all the new emotions, are fatigued from labor and delivery, and are most likely still sore, it is time to welcome family and friends, who are anxious to see your new bundle of joy, into your home.

It may also be a good idea to update your voicemail, giving details about your child's birth.

First, remember any emotions you are feeling are normal.

Most new moms experience mixed emotions when they first bring their baby home from the hospital.

Don't be shy about setting guidelines for visitors. If you are exhausted and need some time, communicate that to potential visitors; or ask your partner to limit the amount of people coming into your home, or the length of time they stay. Ask anyone who is ill to wait until they are healthy, before visiting.

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It may also be a good idea to update your voicemail to give the details of your child's birth, so you don't need to answer every call. Call each person back to update them, or ease any worries they may have had. Here is an example of a voicemail message that will do just that:

“Our newest family member has arrived. Her name is Rachel Courtney; she was born on August 8th and weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. Mom and baby are doing great. If you'd like us to call you back when it's convenient, please leave your name and number.”

What do you think?

The First 48 Hours at Home

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53 comments

  1. Profile photo of Alanna Alanna says:

    I’m getting nervous about the visitors part.

  2. Profile photo of Martha Martha says:

    Good to know!!! Im so ready for my baby girl to in my arms.. 🙂

  3. Profile photo of thaby thaby says:

    i dont not if im exciting or worried!
    almost 38 weeks

  4. Profile photo of MAMASEXXY MAMASEXXY says:

    I’M SO READY!!!!!!

  5. i really enjoyed this

  6. Profile photo of leena leena says:

    informative article

  7. Profile photo of JoyRied JoyRied says:

    I’m excited for our son! But not excited for the crying.

  8. Profile photo of Maritza Maritza says:

    Love this information for when my baby comes home it really helps thanks

  9. Profile photo of lyndsey lyndsey says:

    i cant wait to see my son!

  10. Profile photo of kmg2318 kmg2318 says:

    i cant wait to have my baby girl home 🙂

  11. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    Can’t wait to see my son but with the help of my husband and daughter 9yrs old everything would be fine

  12. Profile photo of PeeTz PeeTz says:

    I Can’t Wait To See My Little Girl.. I wonder How My First 48 hours are ganna be. Hopefully they aren’t to bad haha 🙂

  13. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    I wanted the whole house to be ready, and organized to make it easy for me, to take care of us.

  14. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    The first day home is all new and anxious about every thing being just right.

  15. Profile photo of Sara McTigue, CLCEditor Sara McTigue, CLC says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Courtney. What kind of articles would you like to see? We have some here: http://www.everydayfamily.com/baby-development-concerns/ We’d love to hear what else you would like us to cover!

  16. Profile photo of Courtney Courtney says:

    This website should have articles for babies with health issues.

  17. Profile photo of JamJam JamJam says:

    that is a wonderful idea! dont want to get ur baby overstimulated!

  18. Profile photo of JamJam JamJam says:

    I just cant wait to gaze into my daughters eyes!! I love her so much i am just way t excited!

  19. Profile photo of Adam Adam says:

    Our first 48 hours were very easy.

  20. I can’t wait to see my feet lol

  21. I can’t wait to take my little baby home with me <3

  22. Profile photo of MIALUVSJOJO MIALUVSJOJO says:

    I LOVED WHEN MY BABY CAME HOME.. IFELT SO RELIEVED.AND A PLUS I GOT TO SEE MY FEET!!!

  23. Profile photo of tammy tammy says:

    I miss my babies being this little

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