Groups to join for community support, hand-me-downs and referrals:
- Facebook: Main Street Mamas
- Golden Gate Mother’s Group (GGMG)
- Next Door
- Facebook: Vail MOMS
Friends and Family:
- Meal Train – If you have a lot of friends offering to virtually help, ask one of them to set up a meal train for you.
- Laundry and dishes – help keeping up with housework is a great contribution. If family wants to help, ask them to pitch in here while you nurse, hold, and bond with your baby.
- Dad, Partner, #2…your primary support may go by many names;) – Take care of mom. Bring her water, make sure she’s fed, offer tea, and help remind her when baby last fed…Care for her so she can care for baby.
Being Prepared (Top 10):
- Receiving blankets – like the one’s at the hospital
- Velcro Swaddle – SwaddleMe
- Diapers/Wipes – Water Wipes
- Burp Cloths
- Handheld Medela breastpump
- Storage Bags &/or bottles
- Nursing tanks
- Robe or sweater/sweatshirt wrap you love
- Nursing pads
- Absorbent pads
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- Doula – also known as birth coach or post-birth supporter, is someone who stays with and assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth to provide emotional support and physical help if needed.
- Daytime Nanny – a nanny provides child care within the children’s family setting. Finding a nanny with newborn experience can be a challenge.
- Lactation Consultant – an allied health professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding
- Night Nanny – also called baby nurses or newborn care specialists. Sometimes a nanny’s role is to simply watch over an infant while they sleep, others can sleep train your baby and offer valuable knowledge.
- Sleep Consultant – a professional that is trained and educated in specialized sleep education, that works with families and their babies to develop healthy sleep habits. Consultants can provide help by phone, email, &/or in person.
Week 1 Goals:
- Get comfortable nursing
- Feed every 3hrs: 40min or more
- Eat: 7a, 10a, 1p, 4p, 7p, 10p, 1a, 4a…ideally, when baby wakes from sleep.
- If you have an 8lb+ baby, do not wake for 1a feed
- Learn to swaddle
- Swaddle using hospital blanket (receiving blanket), and double swaddle with a Velcro wrap
- Use 2 rolled up receiving blankets to tuck baby in and keep him snug on either side (clear from mouth)
- Unswaddle to nurse…burp, change, hold, reswaddle, and lay down to sleep in crib or bassinet whenever possible. Also use the swaddle if napping in the car or stroller.
- Napping windows: 8-10a, 11a-1p, 2p-4p, 5-7p (this is often a shorter nap) it is normal for a brand new baby to sleep up to 17hrs a day.