Picture this: you’ve just pushed a small human out of your body and a very nice lady comes and places said small human in your arms for the first time.
Your phone is buzzing like crazy, all the things you memorised about being a mum have disappeared from your brain and people are looking at you like you’re meant to know how to do this thing.
For new parents, navigating that first week after bub arrives is a big task. Knowing what to do, and what not to do can be overwhelming, to put it lightly.
But according to Melbourne Obstetrician, Dr Joseph Sgroi, the most important thing you can do for your baby has less to do with you, and someone else entirely.
“There’s a few things you’re going to need in those days after the baby is born. But the most important thing you need is a bouncer. And I don’t mean like a bouncer you put a baby on, but as bouncer, someone who says ‘Sorry mate, members and regulars only’,” he told Monique Bowley and Bec Judd on the latest episode of Mamamia’s pregnancy podcast, Hello Bump The Pointy End.
“You don’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry [with your baby]. You want your immediate family, your mum and dad, and possibly siblings, but if there’s people you’ve not seen for a couple of weeks or months before the baby’s been born, they probably don’t need to rock up at the hospital. And they certainly don’t need to rock up [to hospital or your home] in that first week. It’s nice to be able to spread out the visits over a few weeks.
“That’s why having a bouncer, either your partner or another relative who can be the person who says ‘Hey listen, maybe we’ll just leave it a little while’ is so important. This ultimately gives you and your partner the best opportunity to bond with the baby.”
LISTEN: Why every new parent should get themselves a bouncer (post continues after audio…)