Parenting

6 thoughts every parent has on the first night home with a newborn

Newborns are weird. They look weird, sound weird and behave strangely. The first night at home with a newborn is something no one really talks about, but trust me, we’ve all had these same thoughts.

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The first night home with a newborn

1. Seriously…they let us just LEAVE?!

You don’t get to drive a car without a license or play with electrical cables without proper training, but they let you home with an actual HUMAN without so much as a manual.

Yep, we’ve all been there. Don’t worry, the baby doesn’t know you’re untrained and woefully unprepared. Just make sure they are fed, changed and warm enough and you’ll be fine… probably.

2. This wrapping business is much harder than it looks

Those perfectly wrapped babies in the nursery looked so snug. Surely it can’t be that hard. Right? Wrong! Wrapping a baby is a skilled art form. Be prepared to go on a steep learning curve. Read our tips on how to wrap your baby for a full nights sleep.

3. What is that noise?!

Ok so they are breathing, but you’re not sure if you’ve brought home a baby human, baby darth vadar or a baby lamb. Alternating between bleating, muffled huffing, grunts and squeaks is normal. Did I mention newborns are weird?

Closeup shot of newborn baby lying on mother's hand.

4. Are they even breathing?

Every new parent wonders this at some point on the first night at home. At some point the weird noises will stop and baby will be silent. You’ll then panic that they aren’t breathing.

5. What happened to the calm baby from the hospital?

Most newborns are pretty sleepy for the first 48 hours. They sleep quite long stretches and generally settle easily. Around day three or four, right when you take them home from the hospital, they begin to wake up.

Suddenly that calm, settled, sleepy baby is a screaming, crying, hungry mess. If you’re wondering where the peaceful hospital baby went you aren’t alone.

6. Is this real?

Along with the crazy experiences of the first night at home, you’ll probably have a few “is this even real” moments. I remember looking at my babies in amazement that only a few days earlier they had been inside me. This perfectly formed, incredible little human who had grown inside me was finally here, on the outside. It’s crazy and amazing and all kinds of awesome.

Enjoy these precious newborn days. You might not feel it now but they really are over in an instant.

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written by:

Michelle Thompson-Laing

Michelle lives in Sydney with her three gorgeous little boys and her equally lovely husband. When she's not writing, Michelle can be found knee deep in laundry or attempting to shower alone. She can't live without lists, tea, girlfriends and a bit of chocolate each day. Michelle loves sharing all things organisation; from home hacks to budget tips. Her motto is organise, declutter and simplify your home, family and finances for life.