Things to Do After Baby Is Born
The days and weeks after giving birth can be hectic. Stay organized and keep in mind these 7 things to do after baby is born.
Talk about an unfair advantage.
While you have nine months to prepare for the baby, you’re given a few days or weeks to get so many things done after he’s born. Whereas you had prepared for his arrival weeks in advance, you’re now scrambling to get things done now that he’s here during this postpartum period. A nosedive in hormones is making you extra emotional, all with a baby in tow.
And those first few days and weeks with a newborn aren’t exactly the easiest to get through. Trying to handle logistics while you’re sleep deprived is rough for any new mom.
7 things to do after the baby is born
One of the best ways to feel less overwhelmed is to have a sense of what to expect. Checklists, advice from others, and researching what to do can help you tackle the tasks once they arrive.
Just as you had prepared for the arrival, so too do I want you to have a checklist of things to do after the baby is born.
These are the things I had to do within days and weeks after my kids were born. Many of these were tasks I hadn’t even considered until I realized I had to do them. Others were things I couldn’t do ahead of time but wanted to keep in mind for when I’d finally be able to handle them.
By being informed of what to expect, you can also get a better sense of the things to do after your baby is born. Take a look…
1. Fill out the birth certificate
One of the first tasks you’ll likely do at the hospital is to provide the baby’s information and apply for a birth certificate. The hospital can likely mail the application on your behalf, and you’ll receive the actual certificate in the mail down the line. In the meantime, you’ll get a temporary record to keep.
That’s why it’s a good idea to have your baby’s names picked out ahead of time, or at least a few contenders so you’re ready to choose before you leave.
And make sure to double check everything, especially in your sleep-deprived state. Have your partner check that you’ve spelled everything correctly before submitting the paperwork.
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2. Apply for a social security number
Along with the birth certificate is the option to apply for a social security number for your baby. Like with the birth certificate, the hospital can likely mail the application on your behalf. You’ll likely then receive the actual certificate in the mail down the line.
You can also apply for a social security number at the same time you submit the birth certificate information.
Are you having a baby boy? Check out 50 classic baby boy names I compiled.
3. Schedule appointments with your baby’s pediatrician
The hospital will likely call the pediatrician when the baby is born. Your baby’s first doctor’s appointment might be right at the hospital, where she can visit you to do her first assessments and discharge him to go home.
But after that first checkup, you might need to go to her office for follow up appointments a week later at the latest.
And sometimes you might go more frequently if the baby needs extra attention. One of my twins needed constant checkups for jaundice and weight gain, so we had to schedule frequent appointments as often as three times a week.
Check with your pediatrician to see when she wants to see your baby next so you can schedule those appointments right away
Check out these interview questions for pediatricians.
4. Schedule your own doctor’s appointment
While you’re in the hospital, your doctor will probably visit you to check on how you’re doing, from your uterus size to bleeding to postpartum changes.
Then, you’re likely going to visit her about six weeks after you give birth. This is when she can assess how you’re recovering so far and see if you’re ready to go back to work. She can also check how you’re doing emotionally and coping with your new baby.
4. Tell your work you gave birth
After you text and call your friends and family the awesome news, let your boss know as well. Snap a photo of the baby and let your work know how you’re doing.
Then, send an email to your human resources department so they know when you’ve given birth. They can also help with short-term disability claims, maternity leave, and adding the baby to your insurance.
6. Record your birth story
Down the line, trying to remember how you went into labor can feel like a haze. Before you forget the little details, record your birth story so you can remember it.
Perhaps you can type what happened in a simple text document, or even record an audio or video of yourself sharing what happened. The best time to record these memories is sooner than later, while you still remember all the details.
7. Send baby announcements
Whether you take newborn photos or not, send the announcements after your baby is born. You can send a digital template or even pre-make them ahead of time as I did with my eldest (where I just filled in the info).
Baby announcements can even be a social media share or a text blast to friends and family announcing her arrival. Don’t feel compelled to add more tasks to your plate if baby announcements aren’t really your “thing.” Even a simple picture and announcement are more than enough.
Check out these adorable classic girl names for your little one.
Newborn sleep deprivation is no joke. You’re now in the season of broken sleep and caring for your baby 24/7. That’s why I kept this list short for a reason: you have a few essential things to do after your delivery.
Apply for a birth certificate and social security number while you’re still in the hospital. Schedule doctor appointments for both your baby and yourself. Keep your employer and HR staff updated on the birth, and follow up on any tasks you need to do about insurance and maternity leave.
Record your birth story while it’s still fresh on your mind, and send your baby announcements, whether formal or a simple text blast.
Then, devote the rest of your time to resting and spending time with your new bundle. The chores, to-do lists, and social obligations aren’t as important as resting. Keep your tasks short so you can spend as much time bonding with your baby—that just might be the most important task on your list.
Get more tips:
- How to Avoid Baby Clutter
- Newborn Life: Expectation vs Reality
- Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives Checklist
- Everything I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant
- How to Survive a Pregnancy with a Toddler
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15 Things to Do After Your Baby is Born
Not sure what things need to get done postpartum? Here are 15 things to do after your baby is born in the days and weeks after your baby is born!
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Since the “25 Things to Do Before Your Baby is Born” post was so popular, I thought I would continue on with sharing my lists and share things that I made sure to do after Little J was born.
Coming home from the hospital with a tiny little person can be overwhelming and leave you feeling completely at a loss of what to do. You suddenly are 100% responsible for the care of a helpless little baby. Staying organized can help you keep your sanity while you try to figure out exactly how to be a parent and help your baby grow and develop.
Also, like I’ve said before, I am a list person and I had a very nice list of things I wanted to do after Little J was born so that I wouldn’t forget anything and that I would be able to stay organized. And once he was born, I knew what I had to do and what I wanted to do and I was able to get those things done and focus on taking care of my baby.
So here is my list of 15 things to do after your baby is born. They aren’t in any particular order, and if something doesn’t fit for you then don’t feel like you have to do it. These are just things that were very helpful for me that I did once baby J was born.
Personally, I didn’t want to forget anything about Little J’s birth. And there is so much that goes on from before you go into labor until after your baby is home with you. It’s such a special and incredible event, and especially since J was our first baby, I wanted to make sure I remembered everything.
This was one of the first things I did when I got home since it was still all fresh in my mind. I would highly recommend doing this because now that it’s been several months and I don’t remember all the details, it’s really nice to be able to go back and read it. The birth of your child is definitely not something you want to forget.
You can read Little A’s birth story here and Little R’s birth story here.
When you are at the hospital, you get all sorts of little keepsakes–hospital bracelets, baby hats, the name card from your baby’s crib. Those are the types of things you want to keep. If your baby book has a place for some of them, then those are a great place to store them.
You can also do a shadowbox or something like that. I am a slacker and haven’t done anything yet with the stuff we got at the hospital, but I made sure to keep everything in one place so I wouldn’t lose it. It will be fun to look back later and show J how small his little wrist was!
We were lucky and our hospital had a contract with a local company so we didn’t have to set anything up. But if your hospital doesn’t have something like that, or you already have a photographer in mind, make sure you schedule those pictures very soon after your baby is born.
I’ve heard that within the first week is the best time to get pictures. And if you’re sending out announcements, then this will probably be a priority.
Also, you can take pictures of your baby yourself! If hiring someone isn’t in the budget, there are tons of tutorials and tips on Pinterest about how to take pictures of a newborn.
Not everyone does this, but if you are planning on sending out announcements to friends and family, it’s something you’ll want to get done soon after your baby is born.
I used Shutterfly to do my announcements, but you can also use another website that offers pre-made templates. Or if you are brave or have awesome skills then you can design your own. Either way, if you are going to send them out, do it. Don’t wait until your baby is six-months-old. By then it’s too late!
This is important because you want to get your baby covered on your insurance as soon as possible. I’m pretty sure that if your pregnancy was covered on your insurance, the birth will be, too. Most companies give you a certain number of days that the baby is covered after birth (ours was 60 days, but I think most are 30 days) before they won’t be covered anymore, but you might as well get it done soon after your baby is born so you don’t forget.
In order to get the official birth certificate and Social Security card, you have to mail in paperwork. I’m pretty sure most hospitals will give you this paperwork, but if you haven’t been given anything to fill out and sign before you leave, ask the nurses and find out what you need to do.
At our hospital they just gave us a packet to fill out, they mailed it for us, and a few weeks later, Little J had his first piece of mail! It was really exciting because it was like he was a real little person (at least according to the government. We knew he already was!).
When you get home and suddenly realize that you are 100% responsible for taking care of your baby, you will have questions. I highly recommend writing them down when they pop into your head so that when you go to your baby’s first appointment, you will not forget to ask the doctor questions.
Even after that first appointment you should still write down questions. If it’s something urgent and you don’t have an appointment soon, call the nurses at the doctor’s office. They’re usually great at getting an answer and calling you back quickly. Little J is six-months-old and I took a whole list of questions in to his appointment last week!
Before you leave the hospital, the nurses or doctor should tell you when you need to schedule your baby’s first doctor appointment. Little J had his first appointment 1 1/2 weeks after he was born. They just want to make sure that your baby is gaining weight and I’m sure it’s probably for you to ask questions a little bit, too.
Schedule it as soon as you get home so that you can get an appointment at the right time. Our pediatrician’s office got us in exactly when we were supposed to go, so I’m sure they don’t overbook the doctors specifically for that reason (babies are being born every day!).
Birth is traumatic. Your body and your lady parts go through some seriously crazy stuff. Before you leave the hospital the doctor will tell you to schedule a postpartum appointment for 6 weeks after your baby was born. I think it’s probably just as important to get this appointment scheduled quickly because OB/GYN offices are usually pretty busy (at least mine was). Make sure you get this done soon so that when your baby is 6-weeks-old and you are feeling better (hopefully), you can get the green light from the doctor.
Little J’s baby book had a place for what we were doing when I went into labor, how long I was in labor for, how much weight I gained, pretty much general birth things, and then it also had a place for things like headlines from the day, most popular songs, popular actors and athletes, world leaders, and average prices. Some of that you can do beforehand (if you fill it out right before your baby is born the president probably isn’t going to change), but the birth things you will have to do after baby is born.
You can do this all while baby is napping (newborns sleep a lot!) and then not have to worry about it a month later when things aren’t as fresh in your mind or things may have changed a little.
Buy some monthly body suit stickers or have a patterned blanket handy so you can do monthly pictures. I would highly recommend getting either little monthly body suit stickers or a blanket that has a pattern on it so you can document how much your baby has grown. I know some people take pictures of their baby next to a stuffed animal, too.
And I would recommend taking a picture of your baby as a newborn because it’s fun to put all the pictures up next to each other from birth to the first birthday and see how much your baby has grown. For ideas on what to do for monthly pictures, check out this post.
As if you needed me to tell you to do this after your baby is born. But really, share the birth of your perfect new family member! Call, text, tweet, Facebook, and Instagram that cutie. Obviously tell your parents first (if they aren’t at the hospital with you), but then definitely go ahead and brag to the world.
If you get home and within a day your house looks like a bomb hit, ask your friends to come vacuum. People want to help you any way they can, especially people who have already had babies because they know exactly how hard it can be.
If you feel like you can’t cook dinner, ask a friend to set up some meals to be brought in so that you don’t have to worry about it. Really, it might be hard at first to ask someone to come help you, but it will be worth it and they will love getting to see your new bundle of joy.
This is especially important for when your baby gets his or her shots. You might not be expecting to see this on the list because it’s not really an urgent thing to do after your baby is born, but trust me, you will want to have this on hand before you go get those first shots.
Also, you should know that those little syringe things push the medicine out way fast if you aren’t careful and then your baby will gag and choke on the medicine and you will feel like the worst parent ever. So just be aware that they do not need very much force to push out the medicine.
Taking care of a newborn is hard. The first few weeks you might feel like a milk factory and all you ever do is feed your baby. I promise it gets better and you get more comfortable with caring for your baby.
Also remember to be patient with yourself. Your body has been through something insane, so don’t expect to feel better when you get home from the hospital. Take it easy and listen to what the doctors and nurses tell you. You’ll recover, it just takes time.
I hope these tips will help you after you have your baby! Remember that every baby and every mom is different. Everyone is going to want to give you advice about how they got their baby to sleep through the night at 6 weeks, or how they lost all their baby weight in a month. Your baby might not be an amazing sleeper and he might not sleep through the night until he’s 10-months-old, and that’s okay. Lots of women told me to nap when my baby naps, but I honestly never felt like I really needed to nap. I think since Little J was born I’ve taken maybe 3 naps and he’s 6-months-old now. My point is, everyone will give you advice, but you should step back and think about what is going to work for you and your baby.
If you have any other suggestions or ideas, please leave a comment and add to the list!!
What to do on maternity leave after the birth of a child
The period of pregnancy and maternity leave is a fairly long period of a woman’s life. The type of mother’s pastime can be different: some mothers claim that they spend all their free time on the baby and don’t have a minute left for themselves, while others, on the contrary, admit that maternity leave gives a “second wind”, because there is more time for in order to think and decide what exactly they would like to do in life in the future, find their favorite hobby or even start their own business. In this article we will talk about how you can diversify everyday life before and after the birth of a child.
What to do for mum on maternity leave
The arrival of another family member is a welcome and expected moment by everyone. The first stage of the decree is accompanied by a feeling of euphoria from understanding what a wonderful event is about to happen, after giving birth, these emotions are replaced by the understanding that caring for a newborn is also hard work. It is routine and stressful, which further complicates the situation.
The first months of the mother are usually completely absorbed by the baby, she does not always have the opportunity and desire to find free time for herself. If you manage to set aside a few minutes to meet friends or go to the store — this is a real holiday.
Over time, the baby grows up, gets stronger, and, accordingly, needs less round-the-clock care of the mother. At this stage in the life of a young mother, it can turn into the so-called «Groundhog Day», when the new day is no different from the previous one. A woman, more than ever, is acutely in need of communication outside the home and self-realization.
The primary goal of a mother on maternity leave is to bring up her child. How much love and knowledge a baby receives in the first months of his life depends on how he will manifest himself in the future, his success in the garden, school and the general level of erudition. Considerable efforts are also required to take care of the health of the child, in particular, strengthening his immunity.
Despite this, a mother should not forget about herself and go about her life, find time for her own hobbies. There can be many activities to diversify the routine: this is work on returning yourself to good physical shape, finding a new hobby or additional income, reading books, watching movies, and the like.
Things to do while on maternity leave
Here are a few hobbies that will help not only brighten up the routine, but also promote self-development:
- Lettering. This is the name of the art of drawing letters. After just a few classes, you will be able to decorate postcards with curly inscriptions, draw posters, make out quotes with special grace. For such a hobby, you only need paper, a pen and a few minutes of free time a day.
- Houseplant care. Even if you previously thought that you were a poor owner of ornamental plants, during the maternity leave you will have enough time to learn more about the types of flowerpots and what kind of care this or that representative of the flora requires. Caring for plants is considered one of the most effective activities for relaxation. Each plant can be perceived as another child, the care and care of which will not go unappreciated.
- Floristics. Having «made friends» with flowerpots, you can move on to the next level — the art of combining colors. This activity will not only take up a certain part of your free time, but will also contribute to the development of your aesthetic taste and positively influence your mood. In addition, new skills will allow you to further decorate your house exquisitely, delight your family and friends with beautiful bouquets, and, no less important, pass all this knowledge on to your child.
- Writing. A decree is not only a period of bearing and caring for a newborn. This is a very important and emotionally colored period of a woman’s life. During it, a young mother discovers many new sensations and impressions, experiences serious changes in her life and worldview, and makes new plans. Why not try putting it all on paper?
Writing is considered a great way to release accumulated thoughts, it is one of the most effective ways of psychological therapy. Whether you’re blogging or writing your own book, turning your thoughts into text will help you relieve stress and find answers to your questions.
- Art. In a delicate state, a woman is able to perceive the world in a new way. In order for the world into which a new person will soon come to be beautiful, one should learn to notice this beauty. That is why young mothers are advised to be more interested in art, go to museums, theaters, concerts more often, let the energy of these places through themselves and try to pay attention to the aesthetics around. The power of art is incredibly powerful: it awakens in us something that makes us want to rejoice, cry, scream or be surprised.
Motherhood is a real challenge for a woman. However, after passing this stage, it will become many times better, stronger, more energetic.
What to do on maternity leave?
Here are a few more options for what a woman can do during the maternity leave:
- Improve qualifications, develop existing professional skills.
- Obtain a second education or complete courses.
- Start learning a foreign language.
- Learn to drive a car, get a license.
- Develop cooking skills.
- Think over the interior of the children’s room, make sure that the renovation is completed before the baby arrives.
A great place to shop for baby products is our online store I Love Mommy. We offer a wide range of clothes, shoes, toys and various accessories for boys and girls of all ages. On maternity leave, you will have enough time to get acquainted with various suppliers, view feedback on cooperation with them.
We assure you that you won’t regret your decision to make a purchase at I Love Mommy for a minute, so long reflections are unnecessary here. Quality, safety, practicality and durability are the main characteristics of the goods for children presented in our catalogs. We invite you to experience this for yourself!
Where to work after the maternity leave: advice for mothers
Faced with a situation when it became clear that it would not work to stay at the previous job, it is worth starting to prepare the ground for a change of position or company as early as possible, even during maternity leave. As an option, read profile news regularly, be a member of professional communities, attend online and, if possible, offline webinars, learn foreign languages and maintain their level of proficiency.
When a woman is on maternity leave for a long time, competencies become obsolete and blurred, so you should try to allocate at least a little time to support them. Olga Poldner, career consultant
Meanwhile, if you are on the staff of a company, do not rush to look for a new job — go to your current position. Firstly, it will allow you to refresh your knowledge and skills and integrate into work processes. And secondly, a gap in the experience will not appear in the resume.
In order to stay in the profession, you can not get a new job. For example, some specialists are in great demand, so they can realize themselves as an online consultant in their field. This opportunity can be used by lawyers, accountants, HR managers, doctors.
One of the most difficult moments when changing a profession is choosing a field of activity and a way to acquire skills. Yulia Eremeeva, job seeker expert at hh.ru , advises you to look at what you already know and how it can be put into practice.
A friend of mine used to write essays well at school. During maternity leave, she remembered this skill and decided to try herself as a copywriter. Copywriting allowed her to write texts remotely for different customers and combine work with raising a child. And her earnings sometimes exceed the salary of office workers. Yulia Eremeeva, job seeker expert at hh.ru
Remember what you’ve always wanted to learn — maybe now is the time.
One client has been interested in SEO optimization for a long time, but decided to study only on maternity leave. After completing the course, she went to a new job in a different position. She has had an interesting career and holds the position of head of mobile development in a large company. Olga Poldner, career consultant
Today, quite often, in order to learn some professions, one does not need to graduate from a university — it is enough to take courses. The term of study can vary from a couple of weeks to several years. It is advisable to choose courses that involve an internship or employment in a company after training. This will help you gain experience, collect a portfolio and customer reviews, acquire personal achievements that will help you in your future job search.
After the decree, a woman’s opportunities in choosing a profession are not limited. But the choice depends on the amount of free time, the availability of assistants, freedom of movement and a number of other factors. Career consultants identify several areas in which women with a small child build a career most often.
Digital specialists have been in demand for many years, and given the development of technology, the demand for them is only growing. In addition, during the pandemic, many employers have introduced a remote work format. It allows you to more effectively combine household chores and work. If everything is in order with self-discipline and time management, take a look at the following specialties:
• SMM manager;
• community administrator;
It was during the pandemic that many specialists in the field of counseling and training switched to remote work and … remained in this format even further. For example:
• career counselors;
• business coaches.
It turned out that video meetings do not reduce the effectiveness of the results at all, and for many clients this way of interaction is even more convenient. For a specialist, this format of work allows you to build an employment schedule on your own.
Working with children
Some mothers choose to work in organizations that allow them to be close to their child: kindergartens, schools, sports and creative clubs. The main selection factor for such organizations, says Yulia Eremeeva is the experience of interacting with children. A number of positions, of course, require special qualifications :
• teacher, lecturer;
• medical worker;
• organizer of children’s events.
But there are also positions in such organizations that you can get without special profile training :
• teacher’s assistant, nanny;
• cook assistant.
In a ceteris paribus selection situation, companies manufacturing and selling children’s products are more likely to prefer a candidate with parental experience than without it, and often in the requirements for such vacancies having their own children and familiarity with the products is a key factor . You can find a job as:
• salesman-cashier of children’s goods and goods for mothers;
• merchandiser for children’s and toy stores;
• sales manager for children’s goods;
• consultant for the sale of services and goods for children and parents;
• sales representative of brands — manufacturers of goods for children and parents;
• Distributor of baby and maternity products.
Work in the field of beauty
Often, women on maternity leave try to move into a field that is close and familiar to them, and training will take a short period of time. Therefore, many mothers start a career in the field of beauty. Some work from home or rent a room, which allows them to choose their own work schedule and receive income that depends on the hours worked. And others get jobs in beauty salons and spas, where they are also provided with flexible working hours. Among professions in the beauty industry with easy entry :
• epilation master;
• eyelash extension master.
Subsequently, a mother can not only combine an interesting profession with caring for a child, but also develop her own business.
It happens that during the maternity leave a woman is fond of a new occupation: knitting, embroidering, baking, photographing, drawing. Today, almost any hobby can be turned into a business. Start by creating your own social media page with products and use word of mouth to give product samples to your neighbors and friends. Subsequently, the business can be developed to a large scale: open an online store, conduct courses, and so on.
If you decide to develop your business, it is advisable to formalize the status of self-employment or open an individual entrepreneur, as this will give an advantage when working with large customers. Tatyana Nechaeva, senior lawyer at hh.ru , says that a woman who is on maternity leave and officially employed can apply for self-employment or open an individual entrepreneur without the permission of the employer.
You can open your own business when the main place of employment of a person is not connected with state bodies. Sometimes the internal policy of the company prohibits employees from engaging in other activities, but according to the law of the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, it has no right to make such a ban. In particular, such a case will not be considered by the court. But it is important to understand that if a person uses confidential data in his business (customer database, organization presentations and other materials), they can be held accountable for this, you need to be careful. Tatyana Nechaeva, senior lawyer hh.ru When applying for self-employment or registering an individual entrepreneur, a woman does not lose maternity payments for child care .
If you decide to change your profession, create a new resume. In the “Work Experience” section, write everything that relates to a new type of activity: it can be an internship as part of a study or project work.
For example, you want to become an event manager. What experience do you have in organizing events? Perhaps you spent holidays for your relatives or friends, arranged joint trips to nature. Or you want to become a copywriter — remember your experience in writing texts: these can be posts on social networks on a personal page or articles for a student newspaper. Describe this experience in as much detail as possible.
Think about what duties from your past job might fit into your new job and focus on them. In the «About me» section, describe the knowledge, skills, personal qualities that an employee needs in this position.