Bringing Baby Home

6 things to have prepared

Collect emergency services information

Before a problem arises, make a visit to the hospital where your baby will most likely be admitted and get to know the fastest route. See where the parking is, emergency entrance and admitting office. Have your community’s emergency numbers near the phone, and have your address and cross streets clearly written since
in a panic, our minds can go blank. If you have special needs that require equipment, learn where your local firehouse is located.

Toss out harsh chemicals

Some parents feel that they should bring their child into a sterile environment. Use common sense as you ready your home. Avoid harsh cleaning products, insecticidal sprays since they may leave a residue that can irritate or harm your baby.

Prepare siblings

Help prepare older brothers and sisters by spending time with them alone during this time. Encourage them to discuss how they feel, which may ease their minds. Search out parenting books at the local library.


Set visiting rules

Your needs and the needs of your newborn are top priority.  Set up a visiting schedule, limit the number of people who come to the home. Now is not the time to entertain, and friends and family should understand your need for time to adjust to this new member of the family. But as soon as you're ready, they'll be the first to be invited.

When a pet is in the house

Pet dander can affect your baby’s breathing passages. When laying baby down outside the crib, use a clean blanket or mat which will keep fur, dust, dander and carpet fibers away from baby.

Introduce your pet to your baby by bringing home a piece of material with your baby’s scent on it. Have older siblings spend extra time with pets; look for signs of jealousy and aggression. Never leave a pet alone with your baby. 

Put up the “no smoking” sign

Start the “no smoking” rule now. No smoking any place where your baby spends time, especially in the car. Babies health is at risk when exposed to tobacco smoke.