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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!

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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.

  • During the day, take a nap every time your baby falls asleep.
  • Ask your champion to stay with you at night to help you.
  • Place your baby in the crib by your bed when she is in a deep sleep. It is not safe to fall asleep with your baby in your hospital bed.
  • Feed your baby when she shows feeding cues.
  • Push the nurse “call button” any time you need help.
  • When I am away from you, I feel scared and alone.
  • I feel warm and safe when I know you are nearby.
  • I love getting to know you.
  • When I am hungry, I move my mouth and suck on my hands. After you feed me, I feel comforted.

Rooming-in is a time for both you and mom to get to know the baby!

  • Learn about breastfeeding and normal baby patterns so you and mom will be prepared.
  • While baby is in mom’s room, help keep the room quiet. This lowers baby’s stress so everyone can relax.
  • Tell the nurse to help you limit visitors and disruptions so baby and mom can get more rest. Ask visitors to wash their hands before handling the baby.
  • Stay with mom at night to help her, if needed.
  • Enjoy holding and cuddling the baby.

You’ll love rooming-in!

When baby stays with you, he cries less. That’s because baby loves being with you more than anything!

  • Your baby knows more easily you are his mom.
  • You and your baby can cuddle any time you want while you learn to care for him.
  • You and your baby will rest better.
  • Baby will show you his feeding cues so he doesn’t have to wait when he’s hungry.
  • You will make more milk and have fewer breastfeeding problems.

You can enjoy rooming-in even when…

You are Tired

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.

You Had a C-Section.

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 is No One to Help

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

Will I spoil my baby if I stay with him?

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.

Will I have time for me?

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.

Should the baby go to the nursery for blood tests?

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.

Will my baby boy’s circumcision be done in my room?

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.

Is it safe to handle my baby in my room?

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.

I’m not sure I want to breastfeed.

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.