By: Ileana Berrios, MS, IBCLC

Bringing your newborn home for the first time is a moment filled with joy, excitement, and, let’s be honest, a bit of anxiety. Whether you’re a new parent or already have a few little ones, the first night can be a whirlwind of emotions and experiences. Here’s a guide to help you navigate through that unforgettable night, covering everything from feeding schedules to diaper changes and emotional well-being. Rumble Tuff is here to support you every step of the way.

Preparing for the Night

Before you even step foot in your home, ensure you have the essentials ready. A cozy sleeping space, a stock of diapers and wipes, clean baby clothes, and feeding supplies should be within easy reach. It’s also wise to have a comfortable spot to sit and feed your baby, complete with a supportive pillow and a glass of water for those marathon nursing or bottle-feeding sessions.

Feeding Frequency

Newborns have tiny stomachs and big appetites. They need to eat frequently—typically every 2-3 hours, amounting to about 8-12 feedings within 24 hours. Whether breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, be prepared for frequent feedings, especially during the first night.

Breastfeeding Tips

– Latch and Comfort: Ensure your baby has a good latch to make breastfeeding more effective and comfortable for both of you.

– Stay Hydrated: Keep a glass of water nearby to stay hydrated.

– Be Patient: Breastfeeding is a learning process for both you and your baby. It may take some time to get the hang of it.

Bottle-Feeding Tips

– Prepare Ahead: Have bottles prepped and ready for the night.

– Temperature Check: Make sure the milk is at a comfortable temperature before feeding.

– Burp Breaks: Remember to burp your baby halfway through and after the feeding to prevent gas.

Tips for Night Feeds

– Stay Comfortable: Find a comfortable chair or spot in your bed to feed your baby. Use pillows to support your back and arms.

– Dim the Lights: Keep the lighting low to help your baby understand it’s nighttime, but ensure you have enough light to see what you’re doing.

– Keep Calm and Relaxed: Babies can sense your stress. Stay calm and relaxed, even if it feels like you’ve just fed your baby and they’re hungry again.

Diaper Duty

Expect to go through a lot of diapers. Newborns can wet their diapers every 1-3 hours and have several daily bowel movements. It’s essential to check and change diapers frequently to prevent diaper rash and keep your baby comfortable.

Diaper Changing Tips

– Be Prepared: Have all your diaper-changing supplies within reach before you start.

– Stay Efficient: Newborns can be wriggly. Work quickly but gently to clean and change them.

– Talk and Soothe: Talking to your baby or singing softly can help calm them during diaper changes.

Sleep (For Everyone)

Newborns sleep a lot—around 16-18 hours a day—but not all at once. They typically sleep in short stretches of 2-4 hours. This means you’ll need to catch sleep whenever you can, especially during those first few nights.

Sleep Tips

Sleep When the Baby Sleeps: This is a classic piece of advice for a reason. Grab naps whenever your baby is asleep.

– Create a Safe Sleep Environment: Ensure your baby’s crib or bassinet is free from loose bedding, toys, and pillows. The safest sleep position for your baby is on their back.

Accept Help: If you have family or friends offering help, take them up on it. Even an hour of rest can make a big difference.

Emotional Rollercoaster

It’s perfectly normal to feel a mix of emotions. You might swing from overwhelming love and joy to exhaustion and doubt. Remember, it’s okay to ask for help and take breaks when needed.

Coping Strategies

– Talk About It: Share your feelings with your partner, family, or friends. Sometimes, just talking about what you’re experiencing can help.

– Take Care of Yourself: Eat well, stay hydrated, and take moments to breathe and relax.

-Be Patient: Both you and your baby are learning. It’s okay if things aren’t perfect.

Rumble Tuff is Here to Support You

Remember, the first night at home with your baby is just the beginning of a beautiful journey. There will be ups and downs, but you’re not alone. Rumble Tuff is here to support you every step of the way. From quality breastfeeding products to helpful resources, we’re committed to making your parenting journey a little easier. Welcome to the incredible adventure of parenthood!

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