Keep Baby Close
New love grows best when you spend time together. You and your champion have waited a long time to meet your baby. Enjoy this special time together, holding and loving your baby with as much skin-to-skin contact as possible. You'll never regret it!
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!
How to do rooming-in
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.
Enjoy Getting to Know Baby
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.
Who Will Help You
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.
The Power of Quiet
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 mom 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.
You can enjoy rooming-in even when…
Let’s face it: all new moms are tired after having a baby. The good news is that moms say they get better rest when their baby is with them. Be sure to rest when your baby sleeps. Ask your family and your champion to help you.
If you have a C-section, it may be a little harder to get in and out of bed at first. Be sure your champion is with you to help bring the baby to you safely.
There are many people who can be a support person for you. If you do not have a “champion” who can be there the whole time, ask if a family member or friend can be with you for part of the time. If you need help, always ask for a nurse. They are there to help you get ready to care for your baby once you’re home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people think that holding the baby too often will spoil him. This is not true! Babies are born to be near their mothers. They have a true need to be held, comforted, and loved. When you keep your baby with you and hold him often, your baby feels loved and secure. This helps him learn to self-soothe as he gets bigger.
When you room with your baby, you can still rest, use the restroom, or take a shower. Try to rest every time your baby rests. Ask a support person to be with you to help watch the baby.
Your baby will need many tests and procedures in the first days. The hospital staff can do most of these in your room. In fact, when you hold your baby skin-to-skin during these tests, you can comfort your baby and help him feel less pain.
Circumcision is a surgical procedure, so it is not likely that this can be done in your room. Tell the doctor you’d like to go with your baby, if you wish. After the procedure you will be there to comfort him.
The safest place for your baby is with you! Keep the baby’s crib right near your bed so you can easily get your baby in and out. If you feel dizzy, ask your champion to bring the baby to you. Always ask for help if you are worried whether you can handle your baby safely.
Rooming-in is good for all babies and moms, no matter how the babies are fed. Every baby needs to feel warm and secure in the arms of his mother. And all moms want a baby who is happier and more content.
And there you have it
Rooming-in is not hard. You, your champion, and your hospital team will make it work together. After all, it’s your first chance to become a real family.