Bringing home a baby for the first time is a big adjustment, whether from a hospital, neonatal unit, or through an adoption agency. Adjusting to the transition takes time for parents and babies. It is common for parents to feel nervous. Try to enjoy this special time during a baby’s first few months to bond and get to know each other. Developing secure attachments begins in these first months of life and is critical for all areas of development.
There are a few key things to remember during this transition period to support adjustment.
- Schedule your baby’s first well check within 48–72 hours of leaving the hospital.
- Babies who spent time in neonatal care will likely have a plan developed in partnership with hospital staff and may also have early intervention support already in place. These supports will be tailored to your baby’s individual health needs and help you feel confident about caring for your baby at home.
- Enlist family and friends to provide support.
- If you are having a hard time bonding with baby or feeling sad or blue, reach out for help with postpartum depression which affects both moms and dads.