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When we brought home each one of our daughters, life was totally different.
With Maddie, I was a brand new mom who had spent months on bedrest during a high risk pregnancy…in and out of the hospital. So, I was thrilled to be bringing home my baby girl! It was close to the same with Ashley. With Emmy, I had more of a normal homecoming, although we only had a month to plan for her at all. Adoption can be strange like that.
One thing that stayed the same for all of them is that homecoming is a really special time for moms, babies, and families.
After bringing home all of these babies, I now know how to create a welcoming homecoming for both moms and babies, and these are my favorite tips.
- The first thing I think of when it comes to bringing home a new baby is low stress, so remember to go with the flow. If you feel tired or hungry or any other feelings, do what feels right. Don’t worry about who is at your home, or who wants to see the baby. If you need a few moments to yourself take them. Everyone will understand.
- Plan ahead or have someone else handle the practical things like food. You can stock your freezer with meals, or order in for the first week or so. There are no rules, and this time should be spent settling in with your new family member.
- Stock up on the necessities. Buy diapers and wipes and anything else you need so that you don’t have to rush out and buy anything. With Maddie, we got home from the hospital, and I got right back in the car to buy diapers. She was so tiny that we needed special diapers. When Ashley was born she needed preemie diapers too, but I had thought ahead and had a couple packs on hand. I always recommend buying multiple sizes just in case.
- Have some good movies and a list of TV shows to binge watch on hand. My mind was so fickle after the girls were born that I was either totally overwhelmed or seriously bored…which is especially trying in the middle of the night. Now I recommend that every new parent have something ready to watch at all times. I also think having a play list of your favorite songs at your fingertips is a good idea. It sets a calming mood when sleep deprived stress pops up and can energize you when you need to get going again!
- Along with sounds, I also know scents are an important aspect of creating a welcoming homecoming. With new babies around, you want to have a pleasant scent in the air, but one that is not too strong. A great option is the new Renuzit® Sensitive Scents TM collection, the first line of air fresheners developed to perform without overpowering even sensitive noses in our home. Each product was tested with sensitive noses to confirm they deliver a long-lasting and well balanced air freshener experience without overpowering. They are perfect placed right when you walk in the door to immediately trigger a calming effect or next to the diaper pail. Since they come in three different forms… cone, spray and scented oil, there is a delivery method for everyone and every room. I found the cones to be perfect for small spaces.
They are available in stores now in the following scents… Pure Ocean Breeze TM (my favorite for the common areas of the house), it reminds me of our vacations by the ocean. Pure White Pear & Lavender TM, which we are using in Emmy’s room. She loves the mellow scents of sweet pears and heavenly lavender. Pure Water Blossom & Cucumber TM, which is a refreshing reminder to savor special moments with family.