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Baby Bumps: Helping Family and Friends Prepare for New Baby

Baby Bumps: Helping Family and Friends Prepare for New Baby

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Family Health

Becoming a parent for the first time is exciting, joyful – and overwhelming. Helping your loved one prepare for the baby’s birth will make the transition to parenthood easier. Your help can also get the new family started on the right foot for a lifetime of health and happiness. 

Share information on classes 

One of the most beneficial things new parents can do prior to the birth of their new baby is to attend a class to help them prepare for delivery, breastfeeding, infant safety and child/baby cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Many of these classes are offered through Genesis HealthCare System. Check out our Classes and Events to learn what is available here. 

Baby-proofing the home 

One of the most important ways you can help a new family feel prepared and ready for their new arrival is help them make sure their home is safe and secure. Here are some tips on making sure the baby’s new environment is ready: 

  • Check the safety of the crib and other baby items. While we all appreciate hand-me-downs from family and friends, it’s critical to know if these items are safe and whether they have been recalled. To learn whether the baby’s crib and mattress is safe, contact the U.S. Consumer Product Information Safety Commission, at www.cpsc.gov

  • Prevent suffocation by removing all pillows, blankets and stuffed animals from the crib. 

  • Make sure handrails are installed and secure in stairways, and always hold the handrail when using stairs while holding the baby. 

  • Check to see that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in the baby’s home are working. 

  • Make sure there are emergency numbers, including poison control, near each phone. 

  • Verify that the home or apartment number is easy to view so fire or rescue can locate the home easily. 

Choosing a healthcare provider for new baby 

Most pregnant women give birth in the hospital where their doctor practices and where they are close to family, friends and medical care (just in case). The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends hospitals and accredited birth centers as the safest settings for delivering babies. Confirm that your loved one’s insurance covers both their healthcare provider and the hospital they choose. 

Choosing the birthing experience 

Now is a good time to think about the type of birth your loved ones would like to have. Here are some conversation starters to help them think about their preferences: 

  • Who do you want in the delivery room with you? 

  • Do you want medications to keep you comfortable during labor? 

  • Do you want to breastfeed your baby? 

  • If you have a boy, do you want to circumcise him? 

  • What else is important to you? 

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