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Transition

When your baby is delivered you will want to hold, touch, talk to, establish eye contact, and explore your new baby. This is the start of your bonding and attachment to your baby. Father’s will initially watch the bonding closely and then begin his attachment by touching and holding baby in face to face position.

You will begin your new learning process of being a parent and taking care of your baby by watching and listening to your baby’s behaviors. As you become familiar with your baby you will begin to recognize and be aware of the needs of your baby.

Preparing for your new roles are:

  • Attend classes/group discussions on parenting/newborn care
  • Read books, magazines, pamphlets
  • Intranet sites on parenting
  • Watch movies/videos on caretaking skills (watch demonstrations)
  • Family and friends with children may be used as a resource for help and ideas

With your midwife or healthcare provider:

  1. Ask questions about caretaking and parenting
  2. Participate in the bath, diaper changing, cord care, dressing, and all caretaking skills during your postpartum stay
  3. Ask for demonstrations

BE sure father of baby is involved in the learning process.

Siblings

By educating your other children about the new baby throughout your pregnancy you will be setting the foundation to the transition. There are classes to help prepare siblings with this transition. Including them with baby care will make them feel equal to the new baby and decrease feelings of jealousy or being left out.

Ways to keep your child/children involved with the new baby

  • Allow them to participate in picking a name for the new baby
  • At the store have them help choose clothes or a blanket for the baby
  • Have them assist in setting up the baby’s room

When you bring the baby home:

  • Include your siblings with all activities that are appropriate (help with feedings, burping, getting a diaper, picking an outfit)
  • Make sure not to make them feel left out
  • Make time throughout the day to spend one on one time with your other children
  • Until your body has recovered and you are able to lift, other children who are used to being carried can climb on to your lap while you are sitting. This will allow them to feel you holding them even though you are not walking around carrying them.