Saturday, February 25, 2006

Day 2 - Trouble in Paradise

Today's Tip - Don't create early problems for yourself (or at least know you're doing it)

The first few days can be the most difficult, but also the most rewarding. You have all day to get to know your baby, and you'll be suprised how quickly you learn what he likes and doesn't like. When you make decisions about whether or not to room-in at the hospital, do them with open eyes.

Rooming-in is keeping your baby in your room the whole time. We sent ours to the nursery at night even though we were breastfeeding so that we could recover. It was great and put us in fabulous spirits, but it came at a price. It was a lot harder to teach him to breastfeed, and once we got him home, he was more active at night and slept during the day. If you know the pros and cons of the decision, it'll be easier to deal with the consequences when they come.

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