While the birth of a baby is extremely joyful, and fun filled, the birth of a premature baby is a mixture of joy, laced with underlying worry and to some even guilt. The one thing to remember is, you have done your best and your doctor will only let you take the baby home, once she is fit and ready for homecare. So, with some preparation and planning and a positive mindset, you will be able to manage as well.
Bringing your premature baby home, requires one primary and gospel rule. Self discipline.
Here are some things that I did in the early days to help my baby thrive:
1. Limit visits and visitors
Visits outside the home should be limited to the doctor’s chamber for the first few weeks, especially if your baby is discharged during the winters or monsoons. Because doctors’ offices commonly have several kids with viral infections, try scheduling an appointment in the beginning of the clinic hours. Ask the doctor how limited your baby’s contact with other kids and adults should be during these first weeks.
And limit visitors to your home. Preferably allow visitors only once you have crossed the original due date. Anyone who is ill should not visit, nobody should smoke in your home, and all visitors should wash or sterilize their hands before touching the baby. Talk to your doctor about specific recommendations — some family visits may need to be postponed to allow your little one’s immune system to grow stronger. Apart from sterilizing the hands I used to also sterilize all the equipment and utensils I used for my baby multiple times in the day.
2. Practice kangaroo care
Take the benefit of the quiet weeks together to enjoy skin-to-skin contact, also known as kangaroo care. Most intensive care nurseries encourage parents ( both parents) to begin kangaroo care before discharge; the nursing staff can show you how. In a warm room at home, dress your infant in only a cloth diaper, then place the baby on your chest and turn your baby’s head to one side so that his or her ear is against your heart. Research shows that kangaroo care can enhance parent-child bonding, promote breastfeeding, and improve your babies health.
3. Taking Care of Yourself
- Parents spend a tremendous amount of time caring for a preterm baby, during the first few months at home. But it’s also important to be good to yourself and not undermine the stress of delivering earlier than your due date.
- To align your life with your new baby easier, accept all the help you can from family and friends — they can babysit your other children, run errands, or clean the house so you have time to care for the baby or just recuperate.
- Treat yourself well by getting enough rest, eating well, and exercising moderately. Seek support and encouragement from your doctors. But do not seek medical advice online!
- And if you’re overwhelmed or depressed, do not hesitate to get a therapist or a coach to help you help yourself
- Parenting a newborn premature baby, can be stressful, but celebrate every milestone, every little achievement, that the baby achieves. This will make life seem normal, and as a matter of fact, it is normal, just a little earlier than normal.
4. Positive Affirmations
Being a premature baby Mom can sometimes conjure up a lot of negative thoughts and questions in our newly maternal minds. We ask why were we not able to carry full term? Is it something we did? Is it something we didn’t do? Let’s put all those negative thoughts and feelings aside, they in no way it will help us care for our baby now. Instead let’s BE Positive THINK Positively and SAY only Positive words. Affirmations have great power. Say positive affirmations to your baby about her health and life.
Thank you Veera for choosing me as your Mumma <3