Rooming in means your baby stays in your room with you so you can become a family right away. Your baby is less stressed when he’s with you, and that leads to less crying. You also learn to care for your baby with help as close as the nurse’s call button. This makes going home much easier. What better way to begin your new life together!
It’s simple. Just tell your doctor and the hospital staff you want to keep your baby in your room with you. Here’s how to make it work.
When you and baby stay in the same room, you get to know each other right away. Your family and friends can also spend time with you and the baby. Just remind them that you also need rest times so you will feel good when you go home.
The nurse will check on you and your baby often. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! This is a great time to learn how to care for your baby while you have help nearby. The nurse can also help you limit visitors so you can have time to rest and be with your baby.
Tell your nurse you would like routine tests and procedures to be done in your room so baby can stay with you. If a procedure cannot be done in your room, tell the nurse you or the champion would like to go with the baby. Tell your nurse you want to hold your baby skin to skin when blood tests are needed. That way you can comfort the baby and help him feel less pain.
Rooming-in is a time for both you and mom to get to know the baby!
Once the baby is in mom’s room, friends and family will all want to see and hold the baby. You can help make the time special by asking that the room stay quiet. You can also try to make sure there are not too many people in the room at one time.
Most new moms need help right at first. You can help her get in and out of bed. You can help change the baby’s diapers. You can also hold the baby between feedings and then take baby to her when he shows cues he’s ready to eat.
Tell your nurse you and mom want routine procedures to be done in mom’s room. Ask if the nurse will bathe the baby in mom’s room so you both can watch and perhaps help. Tell the doctor you would like for baby’s exams to be done in mom’s room. That way you both can see firsthand how the baby is doing.
When baby stays with you, he cries less. That’s because baby loves being with you more than anything!
Some think moms get less sleep if baby is with them. But studies show that moms get MORE sleep when their baby is with them since they don’t worry as much.
Your baby panics when he is away from you. He is too young to soothe himself, so he cries and becomes upset. When baby stays near you, he feels safe and more content.
When your baby stays with you, you won’t miss baby’s first exam or his first bath. You’ll see his first feeding cues that show you he’s hungry. You might even see his first smile as he gazes at you.
When baby is with you, he learns to breastfeed more quickly. This helps you have fewer problems. You also make more milk sooner.
There’s no better way to bond with your new baby than to continue holding him skin to skin. Baby snuggles against your bare chest to keep warm and calm. In this peaceful state, baby becomes stable and feels safe. You and your partner can both do skin to skin in the early days to build a close family.
It’s easy! Just relax and let your baby lie on your bare chest when you can, for as long as you can.
Skin to skin is vital in the first hour. But don’t stop then! Continued skin to skin keeps your baby warm, stable, and calm. You can do it any time baby is cold or upset. Ask if you can hold baby skin to skin when hospital staff must do tests that upset him.
Keep your baby’s crib close to your bed so you can reach him when you want. Or ask your champion to help you. Check his nose to be sure he can breathe. Then lie back a little and relax!
To keep you and your baby warm, place a blanket over your baby’s back. Make sure it does not cover your baby’s face. Pillows under your arm can give you some extra support.
You can help make this time special for everyone.
You can help create a peaceful room for baby. Turn down the volume on the TV and dim the lights a little. Ask your nurse to help with quiet time so mom can rest. Your nurse can also talk with visitors to explain why you need quiet time.
Tell mom she’s doing a good job. Show her how her baby calms when he’s with her.
Help mom care for the baby when she needs rest or a break. You can even hold the baby skin to skin, too.
You’ll love seeing how much your baby loves you and wants to be close.
While you were pregnant, your body met baby’s every need. Now that your baby is here, your body still meets your baby’s needs. With skin to skin your body gives warmth and food. It also gives him pain relief when tests must be done.
You can keep holding baby skin to skin for as long as you want. It’s the perfect way to settle your baby when he’s upset. It also keeps his heart and breathing stable since his stress is lower.
When baby is close to you skin to skin, he uses his natural instincts to breastfeed. He gives cues that he’s ready to eat and then latches by himself. When baby breastfeeds well, he gains weight and is less likely to be jaundiced. Your body also makes plenty of milk.
Having a new baby is one of life’s greatest joys. It can also be tiring when there are lots of people, noise, flashing cameras, and activity. A quiet hour is a special time each day for you and your champion to take a break from visitors to be alone with the baby. You’ll cherish this time to bond and become a family. It’s also your chance to catch up on needed rest.
Just ask visitors to step away for an hour or two each day you are at the hospital.
Ask for an hour or two each day where you will not be disturbed. Your champion or a nurse can help you turn down noise and lights. Ask the staff for a “Do Not Disturb” sign to hang outside the door.
When your room is quiet, it helps create calm for other moms and babies nearby, too. When everyone respects quiet hours, new families are happier and more rested.
As mom’s champion, you can enjoy quiet time with mom and baby.
Flowers and baby gifts are great. So are visits from family and friends to celebrate the new baby’s birth. But you and mom also needs the gift of quiet time to rest and bond. Quiet time to rest will help mom heal so everyone is ready to go home with baby.
As mom’s champion, let family and friends know you need some quiet time to rest. Ask your nurse if you need help explaining things to visitors.
Stay in the room with mom and baby during quiet hours. Dim the lights and turn down noise. Then find a place where you can rest, too. During quiet hours, you and mom can spend time bonding with and enjoying the baby.
You may find that “quiet hours” is the very best part of your day! It’s your chance to unwind from the excitement and be close to your baby in a calm and peaceful place.
New babies need quiet and calm in the first few weeks so they can grow. A noisy hospital room can make them anxious and fussy. When it is quiet and peaceful, their stress levels go down. This helps their brains develop better. It also helps their heart and breathing become stable.
New moms need quiet and calm, too. Rest helps you heal from the birth more quickly. It helps you gain energy so you are ready to care for your baby at home. This is also a great time to breastfeed when you and baby are calm.
Quiet time is a chance to push the pause button. In the midst of all the hospital action, this is your special time to relax as a family. Use it to enjoy your baby and marvel at how wondrous he is.
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