Now that the labor and childbirth is over, it is time to bring your baby home. This involves correctly dressing the baby (and mother), transportation and doctor visits for your baby.
New mothers should be sure to have clothes that are either maternity wear or loose fitting for the period following child birth. It is unlikely that you will be able to wear your pre-pregnancy clothing immediately after giving birth. Please see our product pages for a full line of comfortable and stylish maternity clothing (and post-childbirth clothing) available in a wide variety of colors and fabrics.
There is no need to overdo things when it comes to dressing the baby. Of paramount importance is dressing the baby in a manner that is both comfortable and weather appropriate. Doctors generally recommend wrapping the baby in a blanket, and in especially cold weather, wearing a hat and snowsuit. Please bear in mind that putting extra clothing on your child increases the chances of making him/her uncomfortable and fussy.
A car seat is of such importance that a hospital cannot lawfully let a newborn leave the hospital in a motor vehicle without one. It is against the law and completely unsafe for anyone to hold a newborn while in a moving vehicle.
For an infant, a rear-facing car seat must be used. Besides for being safer then a forward-facing car seat, it is also more comfortable for the child. The car seat must be in the back seat of the vehicle at all times. Special care should be taken to make sure that the car seat is correctly strapped in. Failure to do so could result in the car seat moving or even tipping over while you're driving. Speeding and/or reckless driving with an infant in the car is of course dangerous and irresponsible.
Your pediatrician will want to see your baby for a check-up soon after you give birth. Many mothers schedule this visit while they are still in the hospital. If you are having your first child and do not yet have a pediatrician, you should try to get a referral from your gynecologist, general practitioner, or even friends and family.
It is important for the continued health of the baby (as well as your peace of mind) to find a pediatrician and schedule a visit as soon as possible. Newborns are especially susceptible to a variety of diseases due to a weak immune system so bear in mind that even if your baby is in perfect health, there are important immunizations that your doctor will want to administer within days of the birth.