Health Tip: Bringing Baby Home

Prepare for the trip from the hospital

Please note: This article was published more than one year ago. The facts and conclusions presented may have since changed and may no longer be accurate. And "More information" links may no longer work. Questions about personal health should always be referred to a physician or other health care professional.

(HealthDay News) -- Once you leave the hospital with your newborn, you and your partner are on your own.

The Nemours Foundation offers these suggestions before you begin the trip home:

  • Pack personal clothing that's comfortable. You may now be too small for most maternity wear, but you probably won't be back to your pre-pregnancy size, either.
  • If the weather is warm, you don't have to bundle baby in a heavy outfit and hat. In other words, dress baby for what's weather appropriate, and make sure your newborn is comfortable.
  • Keep baby's clothing simple. Avoid fancy outfits with lots of buttons, ties and zippers.
  • Make sure baby's first post-hospital appointment with a pediatrician is scheduled.
  • Make sure the hospital staff has answered all of your questions and concerns. Before you leave for home, you should know how to perform infant CPR, safely give baby a bath and, if necessary, breast feed.


Last Updated: