8 tips to help you cope with a newborn during the first few days home

Posted on March 23rd, 2018

8 moms share their advice and top tips for those first couple of days home with a newborn.

8 tips to help you cope with a newborn during the first few days home

Caring for a newborn can be scary – especially for first-time-moms. We asked our readers to share their tried-and-tested advice for coping with a new baby during the first few days after your return home from the hospital.

Limit visitors

“No visitors for about a month. Your baby’s immune system is still very fragile, so limit any contact with anyone who has a cold or flu.” – Kalay Naidoo

Don’t compare yourself to other moms

“Take each person’s advice with a pinch of salt. Not everyone’s body is the same. I had problems breastfeeding and by comparing and listening to other people, I had depression and felt like the worst mom ever. I was in tears most of the time. Just take each day as it comes and no matter what, know you are an amazing mom.” – Juanita Vermeulen

Skin-to-skin contact is important

“Skin-to-skin, where possible, for the first few weeks. Mother’s bodies regulate their baby’s temperaturs and keep them calmer. This allows your baby to sleep deeper so you both rest better. When you need a loo break, a stretch, walk, shower or just a teeny bit of time-out, wrap your baby in something that smells like you and make sure there is still some noise in the room. This will make the interruption less disruptive.” – Sharon Caldwell Evans

ALSO SEE: 8 signs that your baby is overheating

Spend as much time with your baby as you can

“Spend as much time with your baby as you can. Hold her, cuddle her and let her sleep in your arms. Time is precious and goes by quickly. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are spoiling your baby by holding her too much. It’s not true!” – Marian de Klerk

Don’t implement a routine for the first six weeks

“Let your baby sleep and eat as needed. I stressed myself out trying to force a strict routine and the routine only fell into place around six weeks. Let yourself off the hook for this time. Everyone told me it gets better at six weeks and it does!” – Luanne Vos Cloete

ALSO SEE: 6 tips to help you set up a successful routine for your baby or toddler

Trust your instincts

“Trust yourself. You formed a connection with your baby over the past nine months and this makes your instincts more acute to his or her needs. Allow others to help, but they need to stick to your rules.” – San-Marie Jolliffe

Knowledge is power

“Read up on growth spurts and mental leaps! After six weeks, babies don’t nap nearly as much as people want you to believe.” – Melissa Deysel

ALSO SEE: Newborn sleep patterns – what to expect the first few months

Have a support system in place

“You’re not super mom. House chores aren’t as important as getting a good rest so that you won’t be a grumpy mom. Talk to other moms for emotional support or try Facebook groups. There’s no master of parenting, therefore don’t doubt your abilities and remember to enjoy your little one.” – Precious Diamond


About Xanet Scheepers

Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day.