You will spend months preparing for a new baby.
Hours upon hours have been put into designing a nursery. Or, maybe you set up a space in your room so the baby would be close by. You spent time reading up on the must-haves to make life with baby easier. Care has been taken to ensure that the clothes have been washed and organized by size, ready when you are to dress that beautiful babe.
While you are busy getting things ready for the baby, do not forget about yourself. It is all too common for new parents to get swept up in everything baby and they often forget that they will have needs too when the baby arrives. The most important thing that you can do to help yourself is to set up a postpartum space. Getting your space set up before the baby is born will allow you to come home from the hospital or birth center and have everything ready for you. Though, it is never too late to set up a space, just ask for a little help.
What will this space look like?
Although your postpartum space may look different from someone else’s, they will all essentially have the same items. You should choose a place where you can easily rest, like the couch or your bed. You may even want to set this space up in two places so you have the option of being where you want. It isn’t really where you are, but rather not having to leave once you get there. Rest is important in those first few weeks after the baby is born. Adequate rest will make a world of difference in how your body heals after birth and in your state of mind. Choose a place with easy access to a bathroom, so when you are moving it isn’t very far. Also, take into consideration the fact that you may not want to (or be able to in the case of surgical birth) go up and down stairs.
What should I include?
Since you want to limit movement, you should keep all of the necessities within arms reach.
- Diapers and wipes.
- Receiving blankets and an extra onesie or layette in case you need to change the baby.
- Easy snack foods like crackers, granola bars, or dried fruit.
- An insulated cup with a straw, or bottles of water.
- Breastfeeding supplies (nipple cream, breast pads, pump accessories, etc.)
- Phone, charger, favorite book, TV remote, or anything else that you would like.
You can totally customize your space to match your needs. As always, it is important to ask for help from your partner when you need it. Family, friends, and a postpartum doula are also good to utilize in those first few weeks. Having this space will allow you to take advantage of not getting up and down for frequent diaper changes or when you need a snack. This is especially important after a c-section.
Rest and bonding with your baby should be the priority for the first few weeks. Now, go create your space!