It is with great love and deepest understanding that I welcome you to this page today. I am so sorry that you have a reason to be looking here. Below are a list of gentle ideas of things you can do in the precious time that you have your beautiful baby with you. Remember that these are just suggestions and that it is completely up to you what you choose to do when your baby is born.
♥ When You Have Your Baby With You
If you have a partner with you at this time, they can cut the umbilical cord.
Hold and cuddle your baby close. Have skin to skin contact.
Hold their hands and feet.
Kiss them on the cheek.
Unwrap your baby to see his, or her whole body.
Take your baby outside into some fresh air (in to a garden if possible) to let the sun kiss and warm their skin or hold them under the moonlit sky and stars.
Think about allowing family members to come and see your baby.
Read your baby a story. Sing to them. Play music for them.
Tell your baby that you love him or her.
♥ Bathing Your Baby
Ask your midwife to make arrangements for you to give your baby a bath.
Ask for help if you are worried about anything.
Dress your baby and again if you are nervous that is okay, just ask for help.
♥ Capture These Memories In Photographs
The biggest regret I have from the time that we had Christian with us was that we did not take enough photos.
If you can, take many photos of your baby including photos of their hands and feet and their beautiful features.
If you are worried that the photos you take might be disturbing to you later because your baby’s skin is torn or bruised, know that there are many services out there that can retouch photos for you.
Have a photo taken of you holding your baby.
Ask your midwife to take a family portrait for you.
Take some video footage.
♥ Mementos To Create Lasting Memories
Take hand and foot prints, not just one set but two or three.
If possible take a lock of hair.
Keep one of their blankets and outfits.
Although these usually have to be organised before this time, you can ask your midwife about hand and foot castings.
Keep your baby’s hospital bracelets.
Ask a family member or friend to photograph the sunrise and sunset from your baby’s birthday.
♥ Slow Down
There is no need to rush. This is the only time you have with your baby. Remember to take the time to breathe your baby in. Put down the check list of memories to create and just be with your baby. Ask for some private time where you will not be disturbed.
♥ Printable Check List of Memories To Make
Click here to view the free printable pamphlet. Take this with you to the hospital.