You’ve done it! You’ve carried a human being in you for an incredible amount of time, and that little life is in your hands. You’re probably excited, overwhelmed and even terrified, all at the same time. Having a child is an exciting experience; however, it is a responsibility that must be taken seriously for the well being of your child.  Keep reading to find some tips and tricks on how to care for your baby after delivery!

The Baby Is Here!

If all goes well, you and your baby should be able to be discharged within the first week of delivery. If your partner is present, they can be of great help to you in caring for your child in the first few weeks. However, many partners must return to work shortly after labour and delivery, leaving you to care for yourself and your child on your own.

This can be difficult in the first few weeks, as your internal organs are still healing from the trauma of pushing out your baby or in the case of a Caesarean section, the surgery required to remove your baby. In addition to internal recovery, your vaginal area, pelvis, back and other areas will be sore from pushing and enduring the contractions you experienced – these aches and pains can last for a month or two after you’ve delivered. Some women find that even the slight weight of their newborn causes pain in these areas and find it difficult to carry their child and complete simple tasks like bending or reaching; simple tasks which are generally a requirement for child care.

Hiring A Nanny?

For this reason, the use of a confinement nanny has become popular in the last few years. A confinement nanny is responsible for care of your child while you are still healing from having given birth. They are responsible for feeding you and your baby, helping you bathe and occasionally doing housework such as cooking and cleaning.

The use of this nanny is generally around 28-31 days and can cost anywhere from $2200 to $2600. A confinement nanny’s fee is sometimes twice that of a long term nanny, as more is generally asked of her during her working hours than is asked of a regular nanny. A nanny can be hired to care for your child for a longer period of time; however, finding someone trustworthy to care for your child is extremely important – finding a nanny should not be taken lightly.

There are many websites available that can aid you in finding a nanny: Nanny Pro , BabySitters and BBnanny are among a few of the better known websites. Many couples cannot afford this expense, and therefore make use of the knowledge and experience of the confinement nanny to prepare them for caring for their child with no outside help.

What Immediate Items Will Your Baby Need?

Firstly, and most importantly, your new baby will need clothes, diapers, formula (if needed) and many other essential items. Clothes and diapers can be purchased before your baby is born to prevent the rush of having to get them after the birth.

Infant items often start around $5 and increase in price depending on the item and the brand. If you are able to inherit items from friends and family, the cost of buying everything needed –around $1200 to begin – can be reduced. If you will be buying clothes for your infant, it is important that you do not only buy newborn clothing. Babies grow like crazy (and that’s a good thing!). Make sure that you purchase a variety of sizes so that you will not be forced to continue buying unneeded items for your baby.

Taking Care Of Yourself

After your baby is born, it will take a little while for your body to return to the way it was before. Even after your child is born it is necessary for you to live and eat healthily – especially if you are breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is recommended in the first 6 months of your child’s life as your breast milk contains nutrients and vitamins that your baby needs to continue growing well and strong. When you are breastfeeding, you must abstain from alcohol and drugs as these substances can be passed on to your child through your milk.

Smoking is also not advised as cigarettes contain carcinogens which will contaminate your milk and can ruin your child’s fragile immune system and brain development. Exercising and eating well can help you regain your pre-baby body, but taking care of your body will also affect how well you are able to handle the care of your child.

Babies are solitary, yet very needy – a mother who is healthy and strong will provide the best care to her child and set the best example for the future. For more information on staying healthy after giving birth, you can visit Women’s Health.

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).